Walnut and concrete wrapper in Sao Paulo “gallery apartment” BC Arquitetos

Monolithic concrete pillars and walnut cladding create the backdrop for an extensive collection of mid-20th century Brazilian art and design in this 1970s Sao Paulo apartment adaptation by BC Arquitetos.


Housed in a 1970s building in Sao Paulo’s traditional Jardins district, the 230-square-foot DN apartment was created for a client of a landscape architect.

The apartment has walnut linings

When designing a space, BC Architects – led by Bruno Carvalho and Camila Avelar – was influenced by the work of Brazilian modernist and landscape architect Robert Burle Marx.

The layout is guided by the original faceted concrete pillars of the apartment, which have become a feature of the open plan living room.

BC Arquitetos placed concrete pillars in the apartment
Monolithic concrete columns guide the layout of the space

Monolithic columns, concrete ceiling, stone floor and granite countertops are hardened with natural walnut wood, which envelops the entire space.

“The three main pillars guided in the selection of this project, which we classified as a gallery apartment,” BC Arquitetos said. “A clean, sensory and scenographic architecture that allows for a connection between spaces, using few elements.”

The apartment is furnished with a selection of classic furniture designs by Brazilian masters from the 1950s and 1960s. They include black gold chairs and a Petal table by Jorge Zalzupon, an armchair by Janguad Jean Gillion, dining chairs by mtf600 Geraldo de Barros, an armchair by Mole by Sergio Rodrigues and a Verde Corvo Jader sofa by Almeida.

Sergio Rodrigues ’desk and his original leather chairs by Jorge Zalzupin are located in the open-plan kitchen and dining room, which can be closed from the rest of the apartment by a set of folding doors.

Sergio Rodrigues table is in the kitchen
Sergio Rodrigues table is in the kitchen

Pieces of furniture from the mid-19th century, as well as the glass ceiling light of the esteemed Brazilian lighting brand Dominica, were procured from a local antiques dealer.

The interiors also feature a collection of contemporary artwork, such as a photograph of Sao Paulo Claudio Edinger, a metal sculpture by the author Claudio Alvarez picture of reserved place and a bronze head sculpture Florian Raiss.

BC Arquitetos used walnut and concrete in the apartment
The glass ceiling light was procured from an antiques dealer

Other art-informed interiors include one from a local Framework studio, which used sculptural furniture and French oak paneling to create a family office in Amsterdam designed to convey the “peaceful ambience of an art gallery”.

In London, the art dealer’s vault has been transformed into a quiet basement apartment by Daab Design.

It’s a photo Denilson Machado.

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