An Apartment Defined By a Gigantic Bookshelf

An Apartment Defined By a Gigantic Bookshelf

Gregory Han
Jun 13, 2012

There's a lot of things we noticed about this 3,200 square feet in Brazil designed by Triptyque Architecture, including the myriad of high-end audio/video equipment strewn throughout, alongside the supremely expensive and bulbous curves of a Philippe Starck BaObab Desk. But the apartment's defining feature is the expansive, wrap-around bookshelving, holding everything but the kitchen sink...

This project was guided by Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster's vision of tropical identity, which she defines as "something organic, intense, sensorial, vegetable, hectic, immature and out of control".

Our approach is akin to the idea of global design: the apartment is conceived in its entirety, from the plans to the faucets. The first step was to clear the space completely, in order to work from a free plan and to take full advantage of the apartment's potential. Next, we established a new hierarchy emphasizing the continuity of spaces and the dialogue among them. The centerpiece of the project is a great bookcase embracing the external stairs and elevator to form an entrance that gives the impression of penetrating a cave. It is present in every room, unifying the entire project.

(Images: Leonardo Finotti for Triptyque Architecture)

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