Apartment RJ Is a Contemporary Brazilian Home in Sao Paulo

02.11.20 | By
Apartment RJ Is a Contemporary Brazilian Home in Sao Paulo

Architect Mona Singal from Brazilian studio Rua 141 Arquitetura has joined hands with Rafael Zalc of Zalc Arquitetura to design Apartment RJ in São Paulo, Brazil, that encapsulates the national design aesthetic. The 70m² property, the second home of a family from Acre, Israel, has a view of the Memorial of Latin America designed by Oscar Niemeyer. The color palette plays darker steel grey shades off lighter wooden paneling and a cement floor to give a sense of gravity and dramatic contrast to the space.

In the dining room, the Equilibrio dining table was specifically made by the architects for this project, using goat wood and brass.

The kitchen and living room have an open layout to amplify the amount of social space available, while large wood panels hide away the service sections – such as the laundry machine – from the main entryway.

Among the materials unique to the region, branch to the cabreúva wood was used for the apartment’s dark gray lacquer and brass details in the living room cabinet. In the kitchen and service area, Granito São Gabriel with a brush finish was used while concrete was chosen for the beams that separate the terrace from the living room and other areas.

Photos by Nathalie Artaxo.

Keshia grew up in Singapore and moved to the U.S. to attend Dartmouth College. When she was living abroad after graduation, a chance enrollment at the Architectural Association Visiting School led to her becoming enamored with door schedules and architectural écriture. She's particularly interested in design for aging, rural architecture, and Asian design heritage.