Luxurious Modern Duplex Apartment in Portugal by Correia/Ragazzi Architecture Firm
Apartamento em Braga is a private residence turned luxurious modern duplex apartment that was redesigned by the Porto-based CORREIA/RAGAZZI architects. The home is located in Braga, Portugal, and was completed in 2013, wonderfully crafted to suit the needs of a family attempting to redesign a duplex to suit their needs. With a beautifully set staircase that accentuates the modern overall feel given to the home, this luxurious design creates a modern duplex apartment fit for any family.
While the furniture arrangement and design are obvious positives about some of the design choices, I want to emphasize the usefulness of the floor tiling in setting up a modern feeling that borders on recklessness, yet despite those who would dislike a style such as this for being much to ‘flashy,’ this apartment takes modern to a whole new level, and it works.
What modern home would be without a free standing tub in what looks to be, if not literally inside, the open shower?
An interesting design choice places a dynamic wall between the two kid’s beds on the upper floor, allowing for cohesion and separation in times of need.
This staircase is the showcase of this modern home, and it stands out as the single doorway from the downstairs to the upstairs, and vice versa. As such, it acts as a median through which people in the household must share time with and navigate with others, and presents itself as a lovely piece of art that furnishes the home it its own way.
Apartamento em Braga by CORREIA/RAGAZZI architects:
“The Project intended to remodel two apartments and unite them in order to create a duplex apartment, which best meets the needs of the family. In this sense, the intervention was defined by the characterization of a social floor, consisting of kitchen, laundry, living room, terrace, guest bathroom and guest suite. The upper floor would be the private housing area consisting of three suites, one for the parents and two for the children.
The union of both floors and, consequently, of the house, was achieved by the introduction of a twostorey high hall with the access stair, designed as a focal piece that distributes the program; a partial demolition of the existent slab was needed. The stairs create, also, on the upper floor, a balcony with a view over the lower floor.
The entire apartment was designed taking into consideration the characteristics of the materials that were chosen to create a game of volumes, light and dark. One chose light coloured walls, yet high in texture, finished in microcement.
Panels, doors and wardrobes of darker colour, made of black Valchromat. The lower floor, social, is united by its pavement in manual hydraulic mosaic, in a pattern that introduces texture and three dimensionality, studied according to the scale of the compartments, and specially produced. Throughout this floor one defined a height, of human scale, designed by either the change of material, colour or height of the ceiling, doorframe etc.; which transverses and unites all the spaces.
At the upper floor there are wood floors except on the bathrooms. The main suite is designed with four spaces, the entrance leading to a reading and/or gymnasium area, followed by the sleeping area, then the walk in closet with access to the bathroom, which is composed of a wet area with a shower and freestanding bathtub. The two smaller suites, for each child, are on the opposite side of the apartment; they each have a bathroom covered in glass and mirror, with natural light.”
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