Tria Arquitetura renovates São Paulo penthouse with sculptural staircase

A large variety of art and collectible design pieces populate this penthouse apartment in São Paulo, designed by local studio Tria Arquitetura, which also includes a sculptural staircase.

The renovation of the 960-square-metre Frederic Chopin Apartment was led by architect Marina Cardoso de Almeida of Tria Arquitetura, who reconfigured the layout to make the most of the high ceilings and views.

Staircase viewed beyond slatted timber wall
A sculptural staircase snakes between the levels of the duplex apartment

The apartment is split over two floors and is home to an art-loving couple.

Previously the owners of a large house, the clients chose to move to an apartment for convenience and security, but still wanted their space to feel open and expansive.

Green sofa among neutral decor
Green furniture and rugs are highlighted against mostly neutral-toned materials

The primary suite was moved to the upper floor, where the bed could be aligned with a floor-to-ceiling window that overlooks the cityscape.

An intimate library was also created on this level, so that the whole floor is dedicated entirely to private space, apart from the patio and pool terrace, where the clients entertain guests.

Dining room with bold artwork
The couple’s contemporary art collection draws attention throughout the apartment

Two employees’ suites were shifted to the lower floor, and a guest suite and home theatre were added in place of the closet.

Connecting the two levels is a staircase with travertine treads and solid white bannisters, which snakes up a double-height space to appear like a piece of sculpture.

Dining room with green armchair
Slatted wooden panels wrap the elevator block, the fireplace and the wall dividing the main living room from the guest area

This sets the tone for the rest of the contemporary artworks and materials used throughout the penthouse.

“The main concept in the choice of finishes and architectural solutions was to bring comfort but still leave a big void so that the works could dress the house,” said Tria Arquitetura.

Stainless steel in the kitchen matches a wrapped column in the living area

In the open living and dining area, colourful paintings adorn the walls, and furniture and rugs in shades of green and orange stand out against the otherwise neutral palette.

“In the living room there were three large main volumes that should be highlighted to bring texture and more cosiness,” Tria Arquitetura said.

Staircase viewed from above
The staircase features solid white bannisters and travertine treads

These include the elevator block, the fireplace and the wall dividing the main room from the guest area, which are covered in thin vertical slats of veneered natural wood.

Another column is wrapped in stainless steel to offer a cool, sharp-edged contrast to the wood and other warm tones in the living room.

Bedroom decorated with bright wrt
The primary bedroom was moved upstairs to face the best view

Upstairs in the library, wide-planked wood flooring is continued up the walls to make the room feel cosy, and provide a backdrop for a series of framed vintage maps.

“It was only in the library that the architect chose to cover all the walls with the same wood as the floor to give more seriousness and highlight the environment from the others,” the studio said.

Updates were also made to the outdoor area, where the pool was reduced in size and re-edged to better integrate it with the landscaping.

A pair of imitation classical pillars were also demolished, and a wood and glass pergola was added to cover the patio.

Library panelled with wide planks
Walls of an intimate library are panelled with the same wood as the floor

Throughout the apartment, fully automated systems controlling the air conditioning, lighting, landscaping irrigation, and curtains and blinds were added during the renovation.

The project took over two years to complete due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Terrace and swimming pool
The project also involved adding a pergola and reducing the pool size on the terrace

Apartment living is commonplace in densely populated São Paulo, where architects and designers have used their creativity to add character to previously uninspiring spaces.

Other recently completed examples include a residence by Studio MK27 that features furry upholstery, lace curtains and tactile rugs, and a renovation by Memola Estudio that exposed the building’s concrete structure.

The photography is by Fran Parente.

Project credits:

Lead architect: Marina Cardoso de Almeida
Creative team: Marina Cardoso de Almeida, Sarah Bonanno, Barbara Castro, Barbara Silva, Virginia Caldas
Engineering: Steel Construções
Landscaping: Alex Hanazaki
Light technician: Carlos Fortes
Automation: Taag
Air conditioning: Dealtec

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