Stylish Loft Apartment Reinvented By A Spiral Staircase

Tasked with the challenge to transform a small apartment into a more spacious and open environment, studio Arquitetura Nacional designed a loft-style space with a minimalist and at the same time very chic and stylish appearance.

The black spiral staircase is the focal point of the entire apartmentView in gallery
The black spiral staircase is the focal point of the entire apartment
The kitchen, dining area and living room are organized around the staircase, complementing each other beautifullyView in gallery
The kitchen, dining area and living room are organized around the staircase, complementing each other beautifully

The apartment is situated in Porto Alegre, in Brazil and its remodeling was just completed in 2019. Its original floor plan was a lot more compartmentalized which ultimately resulted in a smaller usable area. The new design is a lot more open and gives this 68 square meter apartment a modern and very fresh vibe. One of the most important elements added is a spiral staircase which connects the main floor to the mezzanine area.

The mezzanine floor has glass balustrades which keep it connected to the main floor and to the viewsView in gallery
The mezzanine floor has glass balustrades which keep it connected to the main floor and to the views
The apartment has an entire wall made of glass which lets in lots of natural light and frames a beautiful viewView in gallery
The apartment has an entire wall made of glass which lets in lots of natural light and frames a beautiful view
The glazed facade has vertical shades which can be operated remotely and which control the amount of light and exposure that the apartment getsView in gallery
The glazed facade has vertical shades which can be operated remotely and which control the amount of light and exposure that the apartment gets

All the different spaces on the entrance floor were merged into a single large area. The staircase sits at the center and is the focal point of the entire volume. Right next to its tands a large kitchen island with table extension which divides the space into two zones without visually separating them. Behind that, black kitchen cabinets create an elegant backdrop.

One of the walls is covered in cement tiles and this gives it an elegant and eye-catching lookView in gallery
One of the walls is covered in cement tiles and this gives it an elegant and eye-catching look
The same type of tiles also covers the cabinet sitting below the TVView in gallery
The same type of tiles also covers the cabinet sitting below the TV
By removing the partitions and opening up the main floor, the designers completely changed the ambiance View in gallery
By removing the partitions and opening up the main floor, the designers completely changed the ambiance
The kitchen is framed by the staircase, the island and the table and feels its own separate roomView in gallery
The kitchen is framed by the staircase, the island and the table and feels its own separate room

The living room has a double-sided sofa in a light shade of coral which stands out and contrasts with the rest of the furniture as well as with the cement tiles that cover up the TV wall as well as the unit sitting just below the TV. All of these features are both exciting and space-efficient and are complemented by a minimalist palette of materials and colors which puts an emphasis on form and style.

The palette of materials used throughout the apartment is limited to cement tiles, carbonized wood and concrete flooringView in gallery
The palette of materials used throughout the apartment is limited to cement tiles, carbonized wood and concrete flooring
A set of LED light strips bring this wall to life, giving it a dramatic look at nightView in gallery
A set of LED light strips bring this wall to life, giving it a dramatic look at night
The living room has a two-sided sofa which is really interesting and perfect for this type of flexible floor planView in gallery
The living room has a two-sided sofa which is really interesting and perfect for this type of flexible floor plan
On the mezzanine level, the designers made room for a walk-in closet to accompany the bedroomView in gallery
On the mezzanine level, the designers made room for a walk-in closet to accompany the bedroom