Homes: Pompeia Apartment by Vitrô Arquitetura
Pompeia Apartment by Vitrô Arquitetura
Brazilian firm Vitrô Arquitetura has renovated a 1960s apartment in São Paulo, revealing structural concrete pillars and brickwork walls.
Aiming to create better circulation in the home, named Pompeia apartment, the architects decided to modify the original floor plan – which created a largely segregated space with lots of separate rooms.
The studio began by demolishing the walls separating the entrance, living room and kitchen area to open the space up and create a single large room.
Red-toned brickwork and concrete pillars uncovered during the renovation process were left exposed. This gives the home a slightly unfinished look.
In the bathroom, a concrete slab forms a long sink and shelving system, while hexagonal yellow tiles from the existing design remain in place across the floor. Matt-finished cupboard fronts in monochrome colours contrast with a brick wall in the kitchen.
Original wooden flooring has been replaced by granilite – a smooth-surfaced material made up of cement mortar mixed with water, powdered marble and stones, which is often used as a cheaper alternative to granite.
Colourful rugs and furniture, including Ron Arad's ripple chair for Moroso, are teamed with plants and flowers to create an informal atmosphere.