House Call: A Midcentury Renovation in São Paulo by

Issue 78 · Heading South · June 27, 2013

House Call: A Midcentury Renovation in São Paulo

Issue 78 · Heading South · June 27, 2013

Young Brazilian architect Felipe Hess creates a personality-laden flat for himself in a midcentury apartment building in São Paulo.

Hess preserves the character and organizing principles of the architecture while adding his own masterful stroke—a wall-length bookshelf that sets the tone, pace, and material finishes for the entire project. 

Photography by Fran Parente via Yatzer

Midcentury apartment in Sao Paolo, Brazil by Felipe Hess, Remodelista

Above: The original concrete structure organizes the open living areas of the dining room, living room, and office.

Exposed concrete in Midcentury apartment in Sao Paolo, Brazil by Felipe Hess, Remodelista

Above: The concrete frame provides framed views of the hall where Hess displays his collection of small chairs as stools. 

Midcentury apartment in Sao Paolo, Brazil by Felipe Hess, Remodelista

Above: A refined linen cover for the sofa contrasts with the exposed concrete.  

Midcentury apartment in Sao Paolo, Brazil by Felipe Hess, Remodelista

Above: A pass-through window provides a visual and physical connection to the kitchen. 

Subway tiled kitchen and retro green pendant in Midcentury apartment in Sao Paolo, Brazil by Felipe Hess, Remodelista

Above: The kitchen is lined with subway tiles, adding a layer of texture to the neutral and natural palette. 

1960's round Danish table in Midcentury apartment in Sao Paolo, Brazil by Felipe Hess, Remodelista

Above: Hess gave the original parquet floor a more rustic finish.

Freijo bookshelf in Midcentury apartment in Sao Paolo, Brazil by Felipe Hess, Remodelista

Above: A wall-spanning bookshelf made of Freijo, a strong hardwood found in the lower Amazon, brings warmth into the living area while providing an organizing structure for Hess's personal momentos. 

Freijo bookshelf in Midcentury apartment in Sao Paolo, Brazil by Felipe Hess, Remodelista

Above: The finished Freijo wood is a counterpoint to the exposed concrete wall. 

Midcentury apartment in Sao Paolo, Brazil by Felipe Hess, Remodelista

Above: Hess organizes his paintings in a loose grid while the bookshelf provides a more rigid grid for arranging still lifes.

Midcentury apartment in Sao Paolo, Brazil by Felipe Hess, Remodelista

Above: An office area sits in an alcove off the open living area. 

Loose arrangement of framed sketches on painted white brick wall above Jorge Zalszupin desk in Midcentury apartment in Sao Paolo, Brazil by Felipe Hess, Remodelista

Above: Hess's collection of sketches from favorite architects and designers like Oscar Niemeyer, Isay Weinfeld, Marcio Kogan, Tom Dixon, John Pawson, and Sergio Rogrigues sits above a desk by midcentury Polish/Brazilian designer Jorge Zalszupin. 

Full height white curtains in Midcentury apartment in Sao Paolo, Brazil by Felipe Hess, Remodelista

Above: Full-height curtains add a romantic note to the hard-edged interiors.

Full height white curtains and Floating wood headboard and desk in bedroom of Midcentury apartment in Sao Paolo, Brazil by Felipe Hess, Remodelista

Above: The wood finish of the bookshelf in the living area is continued consistently into the bedroom.

Vintage 1950's sink in Midcentury apartment in Sao Paolo, Brazil by Felipe Hess, Remodelista

Above L: The bathroom has a vintage sink from the 1950s and a mirror found in a flea market in Buenos Aires. Above R: Hess's minimal detailing involves a bedside table that is integrated into the floating headboard.

Drawn to the classics? See 167 Midcentury Images in our Gallery of rooms and spaces to create your own sense of timelessness or have a look at RADD Roundup: Concrete and see how five Remodelista Architect and Designer Directory members use this versatile material. 

 

 



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