The GN Apartment was completed in 2013 in Rio de Janeiro for a couple that is passionate about art. Sketched out by Studio Arthur Casas, the project flaunts 8,611 square feet of living space and impresses with vast open spaces, plenty of natural light and a plethora of high-end amenities. The finishes and furnishings were made out of the highest quality materials, and they give off a feeling of warmth and comfort. The limestone floor, white walls and ceilings contrasts beautifully with panoramas of the ocean and with a series of outstanding paintings signed by Beatriz Milhazes and Adriana Varejao.
The gourmet kitchen, home theater and living room can be merged with the help of sliding doors. Facilitating socialization and relaxation, the open kitchen is located close by to the dining tables and boasts its own cellar. As for the furnishings, they were acquired in antique shops and include several pieces from the 1950s.
The master suite benefits from superb views of the ocean and flaunts an en-suite bathroom surrounded by a glass partition. The apartment also incorporates two other suites that were designed to house visitors and children. An office, a spa and service areas round up this incredible project.
From the architect:
This apartment in Barra da Tijuca is designed for a couple who sought Studio Arthur Casas with two specific demands: to privilege the spectacular view of the sea and to merge design to its collection of artworks. From the beginning, the project was guided by the clients’ trust in our layout proposal that integrated spaces and framed the landscape. Indeed rare in a project, it can be said that what was executed here corresponds to the initial sketches.
From the entrance hall you can see the Atlantic for the sliding glass door, with low pieces of furniture and joinery to emphasize the continuity with the horizon. The light-colored limestone floor and white walls and ceiling allow the contrast with the sea and the exhibited works, which include paintings by Adriana Varejao and Beatriz Milhazes. The social hall, particularly, works as an art gallery.
Doors that slide completely to the side allow uniting the living room with the home theater and gourmet cuisine. A food lover, the client asked for an open kitchen next to the dining tables, with cellar and cabinets, to receive friends.
The furniture was acquired in many antique shops and includes several pieces, especially from the 1950s, as the Jorge Zalsupin bar and Oscar Niemeyer and Sergio Rodrigues armchairs, all present in the lounge. Mixed with the classical pieces, contemporary items of the Campana brothers or designed by Studio Arthur Casas, like Archipelago table, make up the casual atmosphere of the apartment that exposes part of the national design trend of recent decades. The fabrics developed specifically for the living room carpet and cushions refer to the greenish hues of the sea, bringing the outdoors inside.
The master suite, facing the ocean, is integrated into the bathroom by a glass partition, allowing the view even from the bathtub. Two other suites were designed for guests and children, with the possibility of integrating a playroom. The program also includes an office and spa, in addition to service areas.
The wide balconies that surround the apartment include the landscape design of Renata Tilli, composed by large terracotta planters, grouped to form a mass of vegetation, adapted to the ocean climate.
Architects: Studio Arthur Casas
Location: Rio de Janeiro – Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
Project Architect: Arthur Casas
Co-authors: Milena Chieco, Giulia Koeler, Renata Adoni
Project Area: 800.0 m2
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
Construction: Laer Engenharia
Landscape: Renata Tilli
Lighting: Maneco Quinderé
Framing: Laer Engenharia
Suppliers: Pedras – Colonial Pedras; Marcenaria – S Correia Luz; Cozinha – Poliform; Armários e closet – Poliform; Ar condicionado – Laer Construtora
Interiors: Mobiliário interno – Casual Interiores,Quarto & Sala, Etel, Nani Chinellato, Casa Matriz, Casas Edições , Collectânia; Antiquários – Thomaz Saavedra, Mercado Moderno; Mobiliário externo – Casual Exteriores, Casas Edições; Tecidos – Nani Chinellato; Produção – Estudio Xingu