Apartment with concrete walls combines shades of gray, blue and mustard

What could have been a problem was the solution found by the architects Sarah Bonanno and Marina Cardoso de Almeida, Tria Architecture , for the renovation project of this apartment in São Paulo. The concrete structural walls were peeled, which brought a perfect balance between construction and interiors, marked by the use of shades of gray, blue and mustard. With 110sqm of area, this was the first renovation of the apartment since its construction in the 70s.

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Every project came with the confirmation that the structural walls should remain. So the goal was basically to change the layout without radicalizing it. And in this new layout, the service area was a little smaller, giving space to the home-office, which now is integrated into the intimate area of ​​the property. Still in the intimate area, the two rooms remained, however, one of them was transformed into a TV room. Already the kitchen was integrated into the room, giving a wider feel of space.

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To soften the coldness and brutality of the concrete, the architects chose to use colors in neutral and complementary shades. In the kitchen, they used coatings that also appear in other areas so that there is no aesthetic break and that is a continuation of the dining room. In the social and intimate area, the original wooden taco floor has been restored.

The search for balance was the guide of this project. If the decoration was done in dark tones, the result would be something a little heavier, which was not the customer's goal. Therefore, despite the concrete element, the carpentry and furniture followed a smoother language in all spaces. A lot of wood texture and pastel shades allied to furniture in mustard and woody colors brought the desired softness and lightness to the design.

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The apartment has three bathrooms, two in the bedrooms and a guest toilet, all fully renovated. One of them with the whole area covered with wood, giving a modern and cozy touch to the environment.

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Photos: Tria Architecture - Photographer Júlia Ribeiro