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Copan Apartment / Felipe Hess & Renata Pedrosa

  • Architects: Felipe Hess & Renata Pedrosa
  • Location: Sao Paulo - São Paulo, Brazil
  • Architects: Felipe Hess & Renata Pedrosa
  • General Contractor: Pórtico Engenharia
  • Concrete Furniture: Onofre
  • Area: 140.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Fran Parente

© Fran Parente © Fran Parente © Fran Parente © Fran Parente

From the architect. The project involves turning the 140sqm apartment's with original division(three bedrooms, living room, kitchen, laundry) into a contemporary loft with fluids and communicable open spaces.

© Fran Parente
© Fran Parente

The apartment in the original Oscar Niemeyer's masterpiece was completely demolished remaining only columns and shafts which determined the new division.

© Fran Parente
© Fran Parente

A central block was built separating intimate from social area. Facing the intimate area, the block houses linen and closets. Facing the social area it contains kitchen and a concrete shelf (where the first shelf works as a bench) that contains the owner's memorabilia, ranging from music to art, such as palymobil and awards in Cannes that he won at the advertising agency where he works.

© Fran Parente
© Fran Parente

Also in the social area, an island made of concrete work as bar and dinning table.

© Fran Parente
© Fran Parente

A large wooden bookcase designed to fit behind the desk houses a vast collection of CDs in the shelfs while the drawers holds the collection of LPs, since the owner also dj, whether at home entertaining friends for parties, with a view of São Paulo's skyline at the top of the 31 th floor of the iconic building, whether in clubs in town.

© Fran Parente
© Fran Parente

Large raw steel doors separating the bedroom from the social area may remain open to enlarge the space, or closed when privacy is needed.

© Fran Parente
© Fran Parente

Behind the bed comes a concrete wall of the original building with scars of more than 50 years standing. A diptych of the photographer Roberto Wagner tops the bed.

© Fran Parente
© Fran Parente

The bathroom has a toilet enclosed beside the shaft, a sink for open space and a large glass box houses the showers and an old bathtub.

© Fran Parente
© Fran Parente

During the demolition, the original beams and slabs were discovered and kept exposed. A plaster white ceiling appears in some parts of the flat bringing more warmth to those areas.

A concrete device under the back windows works as a cabinet in the bedroom and laundry and as a bench and in the kitchen also housing a wine refrigerator and niches for bottles, that he can grab anytime, put on a Mile's Davis Kind of Blue, and watch the sunset trought Oscar Niemeyer's "brise soleil" in a comtemporary apartment almoust without walls.

© Fran Parente
© Fran Parente
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