Porto Alegre Duplex – The Collector’s Apartment by Ambidestro Arquitetura

Porto Alegre Duplex

This Porto Alegre duplex was renovated in 2016 by the Brazilian studio Ambidestro Arquitetura.

Project description: The owners of this duplex of 250 m² located in Porto Alegre contacted Ambidestro aiming to update their living room, dining room and toilet – before dated with a typical décor of the 80s as the place had become a passage area to the second floor. That was a real waste as the space could easily be used as a base to expose the couple´s artwork and the impressive collection of 300 blue dishes hostess.

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In the reform, the idea was to invest in minimalism and draw the attention of architectural elements to focus on works of art. So the base is neutral: Off-white walls, panel and natural oak furniture.

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The works of art were spread across 43 m² social area, while more than 300 blue dishes, coming from all parts of the world were focused on a single wall of 5 meters long, on the bottom of the stairs. We created a three-dimensional installation with supports of various sizes to superimpose the dishes. It was a good craftsmanship.

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To contrast this ancient air, the reform also provided a new staircase in helical format. Made with wooden plaque shaped spot and coated matte electrostatic painting, it looks like a real black sculpture, resembling a monolith.

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Many pieces of furniture already in the apartment were restored. An example is the blue chair, which belonged to the resident´s mother. The rattan chairs and dining table were kept in the decoration, while some pending rectilinear lines give a modern touch to the dining area. Area of passage, this great living became the favorite corner of the residents and their guests.

Architect: Ambidestro Arquitetura
Project: Porto Alegre duplex / The Collector’s Apartment
Location: Porto Alegre, Brazil
Photography: Marcelo Donadussi

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