Local firm Pascali Semerdjian Arquitetos has completed a swoon-worthy renovation of an apartment in one of São Paulo’s most iconic midcentury buildings, the Edifício Bretagne, in the upscale neighborhood of Higienópolis.
Competing with the colors, geometries, and overall aesthetic of the structure designed by João Artacho Jurado in 1959 is no easy task, but the architects Domingos Pascali and Sarkis Semerdjian have managed to marry period details with contemporary flair in a refreshing yet cozy home for a family.
Cor-Ten steel acts as a unifying material, cladding the sides of a corridor that connects the living areas with the private ones, while also making up floating shelves lining the expansive lounge and dining area. Here, a wall of windows overlooks the city and allows for plenty of natural light to flood in. The architects also designed a custom sideboard and entertainment console that pay homage to the building.
Parquet floors and white walls are found throughout, except for in the stainless steel kitchen, where the floor is terrazzo, and in the marble bathroom. The two children’s bedrooms are characterized by pale wood paneling, built-in storage, and a room divider, while the master bedroom also features built-in storage and a leather headboard that doubles as a shelf.