Brazilian architecture is riding the crest of a wave of late, with a multitude of stylish constructions elevating quicker, sharper and more efficiently than ever.

The Sao Tomas Apartment by Felipe Hess stands embellished at the forefront of pioneering Brazilian architecture; breathing new life in to a pre-existing apartment through the entwining contemporary features with vintage styling.

Paying respect to the original design of a beautiful construction in the heart of Sao Tomas, Sao Paulo, Brazil, the designers implemented touches of metal and concrete throughout to create an adaptable and bright interior to the 400m² apartment.

The original structure only received subtle doses of change to remain loyal to its 1940’s conception, with the installation of bespoke glass and metal doors to connect the dining area to the kitchen the most formative change to the interior. Otherwise, the pre-existing marble wall and complimenting floors were kept in tact to accompany the simple concrete blocks that were kept in tact to offer practicality and subtle beauty. The concrete blocks were used to conceal an oven and sink in once instance, while the other acts a small indoor garden for a practical patch of herbs and spices.

The renovated apartment, is specifically designed to home a young business couple and their prominent collection of contemporary art; which prompted the clean design and abundance of natural light throughout.

Across the interior, the youthful exuberance of the art-collecting couple is pronounced throughout the house. Personified by the installation of a red brick wall by renowned Brazilian artist Andre Komatsu and two police riot shields that act as a saloon door by Turkish artist Ahmet Ogut. Exuding a sense of humour and natural personality to the house, the artistic features are supplemented with a carved passage between the living room and the TV room that looks more like a window, or a mirror, to create the illusion of one room reflecting into the other.

Elsewhere, the two rooms are also connected through a large sweeping balcony that boasts original red tiled floor offering a mesmeric view over the surrounding suburbs of Sao Paulo.

The Sao Tomas Apartment has the mark of a quintessential city dwelling but conceals the personality and natural beauty of a home steeped in history and tradition.

Serving to succeed the brief rather eloquently, we believe.