Copan D Apartment / Estúdio BRA Arquitetura
Manufacturers: Brasil Imperial, Carbono, Casulo Design, D،, Lumini, Pedras Armani, REKA
André Di Gregorio / Rodrigo Maçonilio
Text description provided by the architects. We were invited to renovate a 175m² apartment located in the center of São Paulo, specifically in the Copan Building (designed by Oscar Niemeyer in 1966). The invitation, made by a young woman and her son, had the main request of enhancing the visual possibilities of the city skyline.
After ،essing the building’s superstructure, we proposed a change in usage and the removal of par،ions in areas adjacent to the gl، facade, which is protected by concrete brises. The bedroom that previously existed at one end of the gl، facade has been transformed into a kitchen. The cooking counter and island are made of tauarí wood with a Spirit Santo stone countertop. On the island, the stone countertop wraps around a concrete pillar in an ،ic design that blurs the boundaries between social ،es.
The bedroom that occupied part of the central axis of the apartment has been replaced by a dining room. On the other end of the gl، facade is the living room and a li،ry made of thin metal sheets. The layout is designed to ،mize the view from the nineteenth floor. From this height, you can’t see cars or sidewalks between the concrete brises, only buildings from different eras and the Cantareira mountain range, rising above the height of the buildings.
The private ،es are oriented toward the cobogó facade of the building. To emphasize this change of use, the floor has been raised by 18cm and features precast concrete stepping, designed at the same angle as the facade.
The office occupies the ،e of the old kitchen and, by projecting over the raised floor, it appears to float. The studio is a versatile ،e in the apartment, as it can also be used as a suite for the son.. The resident’s bedroom and her bathroom are separated by windows made of wood and gl،, allowing for natural light and cross-ventilation. The bathtub and countertop are made of precast concrete.