Concrete, stone and wood bring rich tactility to an apartment renovation in Brazil

Brazil-based Memola Estudio and architect Vitor Penha utilise natural materials for São Paulo’s Garrido Apartment

Concrete, stone and wood bring rich tactility to an apartment renovation in Brazil
(Image credit: Fran Parente)

A Brazil apartment renovation, in São Paulo, looks to both a personal art collection and the richness of the surrounding landscape for a design that celebrates the bucolic character of natural materials.

Brazil-based Memola Estudio and architect Vitor Penha imbue Garrido Apartment with a sharp modernity, removing the ceilings from living areas and exposing the concrete in a bid to open up the space. By removing interior walls and integrating spaces so they become multipurpose, the layout becomes fluid and the space sociable.

Concrete, stone and wood bring rich tactility to an apartment renovation in Brazil

(Image credit: Fran Parente)

It is a conviviality encompassed in a design that utilises slate, solid wood and concrete, creating a clean canvas for both the inhabitants’ art collection and the modern furniture, including sofas by Jorge Zalszupin and Sérgio Rodrigues. In the living room, original grey Portuguese stone cladding on the walls becomes a neutral white, as does the wood that edges the entrance hall.

In the kitchen, a custom-designed island with a solid wood top makes a natural focal point, while a pantry opens up the space and floods it with natural light. A floor of slate makes a rustic foil for the metal sheets of the floor-to-ceiling furniture, which nods to the historical countertops of old pharmacies.

Concrete, stone and wood bring rich tactility to an apartment renovation in Brazil

(Image credit: Fran Parente)

Access to the kitchen is made effortless thanks to the removal of a wall that impeded the apartment’s natural flow. An entrance, created by replicating the white demolition wood of the door on the walls of the halls, offers an impressive welcome.

Other space is rethought: a dining room becomes a covered balcony, while a lounge with a bar is a comfortable living space thanks to a low wooden table and circle of armchairs.

Concrete, stone and wood bring rich tactility to an apartment renovation in Brazil

(Image credit: Fran Parente)

Concrete, stone and wood bring rich tactility to an apartment renovation in Brazil

(Image credit: Fran Parente)

Concrete, stone and wood bring rich tactility to an apartment renovation in Brazil

(Image credit: Fran Parente)

Concrete, stone and wood bring rich tactility to an apartment renovation in Brazil

(Image credit: Fran Parente)

Concrete, stone and wood bring rich tactility to an apartment renovation in Brazil

(Image credit: Fran Parente)

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Hannah Silver joined Wallpaper* in 2019 to work on watches and jewellery. Now, as well as her role as watches and jewellery editor, she writes widely across all areas including on art, architecture, fashion and design. As well as offbeat design trends and in-depth profiles, Hannah is interested in the quirks of what makes for a digital success story.

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