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Tour a 1940s Flat Updated With a Mix of Midcentury and 21st-Century Touches

This renovation project—in São Tomás in São Paulo, Brazil—started with a subject with beautiful "bones": a home designed in the 1940s by Bauhaus architect Franz Heep. Now, Brazilian architects Felipe Hess and Pia Quagliato bring the space into the 21st century while preserving the existing modernist aesthetic of the apartment in São Tomás in São Paulo, Brazil.

The original mix of marble and parquet walls and floors stayed. So did the metallic shelves and the bare white walls. Concrete was added to the finishes in the apartment with two concrete blocks serving as work surfaces. Custom-made glass-and-metal doors connect the dining room to the kitchen. And a variety of Brazilian midcentury modern furniture and Danish classics nod at the space's history. The view of the cityscape outside helps, too, with Oscar Niemeyer's Copan and Eiffel Buildings visible in the distance.

Renovated Apartment in São Tomás Building, an Ode to Modernism by Felipe Hess [Yatzer]