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When the Art Collector of this breathtaking, two-floor apartment in Vila Nova Conceição, an upscale neighborhood in Sao Paulo, Brazil, commissioned Brazilian architect Fernanda Marques of Fernanda Marques Arquitetos Associados to renovate their home, they asked for two things: adequate space to properly display their burgeoning art collection and a swimming pool.
Although very different in nature, Marques saw that both requests represented a fundamental desire to surround oneself with visual stimuli and as such the pool was designed not just for swimming but also for viewing. And that’s how this unique apartment, evocatively called Panorama, ended up having a swimming pool right in the middle of the living room.
The modernist interiors embody a minimalist aesthetic of clean, marble surfaces, neutral tones and an eclectic selection of furniture by mid-century Brazilian designers such as Joaquim Tenreiro and Zanine de Caldas, an ideal backdrop for the owners’ art collection which includes highly respected artists such as Ernesto Neto, Edgard de Souza, Manoel Rio Branco, Zerbini and Tunga.
As Marques explains, “I didn’t want the furniture to overwhelm the works of art, but rather to serve as support and counterpoint to them”.
Designed as domestic “dress circle”, it enjoys great views of the living room below, including the pool, as well as the plant-draped patio beyond, while easily reclaiming its privacy courtesy of folding white panels.
It also has direct access to the pool through an adjoining terrace from where the couple can dive right in. The pool is also reached from the lower floor via the patio’s all-white switchback staircase that leads to an elevated deck.