Multi-tasking: Flavio Castro creates a flexible Brazilian apartment interior
This apartment in Sao Paulo’s Vila Olímpia may be strategically placed in one of the city’s most affluent and vibrant neighbourhoods, but it was suffering from too many, small and dark rooms and an overall inefficient use of space. When the owners, two brothers, decided it was time for a refresh, they called upon local architect Flavio Castro, to embark on a complete redesign of their home’s interior.
Castro’s main goal was to make the most of the available surface. The unit may measure a mere 60 sq m, but this clever interior design allows the rooms to breathe and creates the impression of light and spaciousness. By planning an integrated design that unites in a generous open plan living space, the main sitting room, TV room, dining room, kitchen, laundry, balcony and office, Castro spearheaded a full rethink of the brothers’ way of living.
The secret is in creating a series of ‘hybrid and mobile furniture’, explains the architect. Here, pieces of furniture can flexibly alternate uses, while bespoke cabinetry hides services (such as the laundry space) and further functions (such as the kitchen hob). So the multi-functional room can easily and seamlessly adapt to different possible scenarios and stages of daily life.
Using a simple material palette, Castro employs colour accents, such as the kitchen cabinetry’s vibrant green, to create the home’s playful interior style. Offsetting the communal and multifaceted character of the main living space, the two brothers’ bedrooms are tucked away at the apartment’s rear, ensuring privacy when needed.