Bauru Apartment / Semerene Arquitetura


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  • Architects: Semerene Arquitetura
  • Location: Brasilia, Brazil
  • Architect In Charge: Clarice Semerene
  • Team: Patrícia Amorim, Helkem Araújo
  • Area: 131.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2017
  • Photographs: Joana França

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© Joana França

Text description provided by the architects. The resident of this apartment in Brasilia wanted a project that would bring together the memories of her hometown, Bauru, in the countryside of São Paulo, with the modernist elements of the city she chose as her home. The project sought to highlight the original features of the 141 m² apartment: the parquet flooring and the concrete structure, which was exposed to emphasize the qualities of the material.


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© Joana França

The subtle presence of memories of Bauru can be experienced starting at the entrance hall. Separated from the rest of the apartment by iron and glass doors, the hall carries the typical casual atmosphere of the porches of the old houses, with their cement tiles, plants, and a hammock. The cement tile appears again in the kitchen, this time with a custom pattern, chosen intuitively by the resident.


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© Joana França

Current Floor Plan

Current Floor Plan

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© Joana França

Interior View C

Interior View C

The shade of yellow, present in the sliding door and the metallic structure that supports the kitchen cabinets, brings to mind the old trains of Bauru, reinterpreted within the modernist context. The open kitchen creates greater integration between the spaces, reinforcing the cross ventilation and the natural light into the apartment.


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© Joana França

Interior View B

Interior View B

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© Joana França

Between the dining room and the home office, a permeable shelf, crafted in iron and translucent glass, enhances natural lighting and anticipates the transition to the intimate area. The layout of the living space allows multiple activities that can happen simultaneously, bringing together the antique furniture and the contemporary elements, resulting in a space in constant evolution.


© Joana França

© Joana França

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