The first project signed by Felipe Hess was the renovation of an apartment in the famous Copan Building with a 320m² space area, designed by Oscar Niemeyer. He was then recently graduated and joined architect Renata Pedrosa in renovating the apartment.
The overall concept of the Apartamento Copan was redesigned from up to button. Thus, everything was demolished, except what would compromise the structure, such as the pillars and the central shaft.
The pilotis style prevailed in the structure in the original concrete version, gaining an interesting contrast with the brown wooden floor.
The apartment – of an advertiser – was transformed into a contemporary loft, with concrete columns insight, no walls, but it is nevertheless intimate.
The client’s main desire was to have a space with an alternative touch, nothing too tidy, a perfect space for a single, practical man, with an appreciation for art.
What draws attention in the project is the flexible way that the divisions are established through the steel doors that separate the room from the social life. As he lives alone, this division would be at the discretion of the resident.
The kitchen has become an extension to the bar with the addition of a concrete table. A pleasant environment to receive friends and chat since the owner is a DJ and has a lively social life.
The ceiling covering was removed in certain areas, which highlights the concrete and the geometric shapes of the structure. The retro item stands out and becomes one of the marks of this project.
The highlight is the intimate area of the house, the bathroom. Taking advantage of the fact that he is an owner who lives alone, the architects came up with a very interesting idea, the construction of a box for wrapping the Victorian bathtub.
Gallery of Apartamento Copan
Photography: Fran Parente