The architect Guilherme Torres was invited by the Vitacon Company to participate in a retrofit, but it’s important to notice that it was more that a reform, but actuallyt a process of re-adaptation of an old structure to a new use. The original design dates back to the years 1980, “a shady Mediterranean style, dark and dull”, in the words of the architect. Originally functioned as a flat for decades, to be born renovated as an apartment building of 1 or 2 bedrooms, close to the Paulista Avenue.
Guilherme, known for its young and daring projects, had carte blanche in conceptual terms to bring the building to this day. Radical reform: demolished – if the tiny branches that simulated balconies and all possible openings, respecting the structural limits. Instead of dull paint, the whole building was coated with an aluminum structure source from Germany, forming monolithic structures, framed by an aluminum exoskeleton painted in Orange, with LED lighting.
In place of the tiny frames (little Windows of bathrooms, living room and kitchen), large spans closed by metal muxarabis provide small gardens, forming a Green filter between the apartments and its surroundings. The joinery is part of the apartment: some walls have concealed cabinets and finish to the bathroom box, leaving the more elegant and minimalist volumes. The floor is of white epoxy throughout the enterprise, common areas to the apartments, and all the furniture is in bamboo, sustainable alternative and with high standard of finish. Illumination with LED strips also will be delivered as an integral part of the property, which will have a minimum consumption of electric energy, in addition to practically not depend on air conditioners, because thanks to new openings, the air circulation goes without stop.
The furniture was all designed by Studio Guilherme Torres, and composition are parts of Sergio Rodrigues. “The idea of merging tradition and quality Brazilian design was to bring awareness to the public of the value of our design and its importance on the world stage”, sentences the architect.
In the wake of the success of this venture, it is expected more of this model for the next few months. According to the architect, the big construction companies are keeping the real importance of creating differentiated products to customers, who are increasingly demanding and no longer accept badly designed spaces. “People want to be proud of your building, your dwelling”. Self esteem which reflect how an echo in all the surroundings.
The furniture was all designed by Studio Guilherme Torres, and composition parts are Sergio Rodrigues designed. “The idea of merging brazilian tradition and quality design was to bring awareness to the public of the value of our design and its importance on the world stage”, sentences the architect.
In the wake of the success of this venture, we expect more of this model in the coming months. According to the architect, the big builders are sticking the real importance of creating differentiated products to customers who are increasingly demanding more and not accept spaces poorly designed. “People want to be proud of your building, your house.” Self esteem will be reflected as an echo throughout the surroundings.
Architect: Studio Guilherme Torres