Brazilian architect Felipe Hess and his colleague Pia Quagliato had the once in a lifetime chance to redesign a historic apartment originally built by German Bauhaus architect Franz Heep. The apartment located in São Tomás, São Paulo was built in the 1940s and it´s restructuring is a real tribute to the original modernist aesthetics.
The sensitively refurbished 400 m² space houses a brilliantly curated selection of vintage pieces and contemporary works of art with an irreverent charm. The architects retained the original layout, wooden flooring and marble walls and decided to keep as much of the apartment intact by adding only a few slight alterations such as the glass and metal doors connecting the dining area to the kitchen. As a dramatic contrast merging midcentury design and brutalist architecture two monumental concrete blocks were placed in the kitchen to include sanitaryware and an indoor garden for spices, a similar concrete block was also added to the bathroom area. A large balcony with a stunning view over the city rounds up this extraordinary apartment. Learn more about the works of Felipe Hess on his studio´s website and visit Yatzer for more details.
Photography: Fran Parente