Rua 141 and Rafael Zalc make efficient use of space within renovated São Paulo apartment

Brazilian studios Rua 141 and Zalc Architecture turned an outdoor terrace into a glazed dining room while renovating this São Paulo apartment.

Encompassing 70 square metres, the AK Apartment was designed for a 30-year-old woman who loves entertaining friends. The dwelling contains a bedroom, an office and two bathrooms, along with an open-plan area for cooking, dining and lounging.

Local firms Rua 141 and Zalc Architecture collaborated on the renovation project, seeking to create a "graceful space with handmade materials and pastel tones".

A key goal was to create a generous social area within the apartment. In response, the team converted an outdoor terrace into an enclosed space that serves as the dining room.

AK Apartment by RUA 141 and Rafael Zalc

The eating area is furnished with a wooden table, a bench and pale pink chairs. Glazed walls provide views of the city's Baixo Pinheiro district, a trendy area dotted with trees.

A focal point within the apartment is a large, ceiling-height wood shelving system in the living room. Filled with books, plants and objects by Brazilian designers, the unit provides ample space for storage. It also helps create a space "full of life and personality".

Fronting the library unit is a slender area for lounging, fitted with a plush, silvery sofa, a striped rug and a small, circular table. A flat-screen television is affixed to an opposing wall. Also hung from the wall are concrete shelves that stretch from the entryway to the kitchen, where one shelf melds with a concrete counter.

In addition to concrete countertops, the kitchen features cabinetry and flooring in different shades of blue – a colour used liberally throughout the dwelling. The cabinets have shell-shaped finger pulls, a type of hardware that was popular in the 1950s.

"In this project, it gains a re-reading with the vibrant blue tone and composition with the contemporary 'hydraulic' tiles," the designers said.

AK Apartment by RUA 141 and Rafael Zalc

To provide more kitchen storage while maintaining a sense of openness, the team hung open, wooden shelves from the ceiling. Verdant plants spill over the edges of the top shelf – one of the many uses of foliage within the apartment.

In the home's private areas, the team employed colours and textures found in the public zone. A bathroom has cement walls, pale blue flooring and a wooden vanity. The bedroom features a headboard and nightstands made of peroba wood, along with table lamps by Kiokawa Design.

AK Apartment by RUA 141 and Rafael Zalc

Other apartments in São Paulo include a dwelling by NJ+ that features a kitchen concealed behind white latticework, and an overhauled unit by Pascali Semerdjian Arquitetos that has a semi-circular library to house an extensive book collection.

Photography is by Nathalie Artaxo.

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AK Apartment by RUA 141 and Rafael Zalc
AK Apartment by RUA 141 and Rafael Zalc