A Brazilian Duplex with a Pool That Becomes Art by Fernanda Marques

02.20.18 | By
A Brazilian Duplex with a Pool That Becomes Art by Fernanda Marques

When a client approached Fernanda Marques Arquitetos Associados with an unusual request that most architects would run from, she welcomed the challenge and created a jaw-dropping space to go with it. The client’s wish was to have a swimming pool *in* his apartment, which is a duplex in São Paulo, Brazil. How did Marques make that happen? By designing a stunning, glass enclosed pool that’s the focal point of the double-height living room.

A doubled-sided sofa is placed in the center of the living room, with half of it facing two glass panels of the pool and the other half in front of a wall-mounted television.

The client’s art collection was another key factor in the design with works thoughtfully placed throughout. Overall, Marques leaned more towards minimalism allowing the art to be showcased.

Vertical plant walls surround the exterior walls making the limited outdoor space feel lush.

The master bedroom lives on the mezzanine level overlooking the living room.

The master also has direct access to the swimming pool.

Photos by Fillippo Bamberghi.

Caroline Williamson is Editor-in-Chief of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.