Santos Pousada – An Apartment Designed by Arménio Losa and Cassiano Barbosa

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Santos Pousada Apartment is located on the top floor of an apartment building, designed by Portuguese mid-century architects Arménio Losa and Cassiano Barbosa that was first built in 1956. The final level was originally designed to be a semi-public exterior area, but during its original construction it was adapted into two symmetrical apartments.

Architecture Office: Hinterland Architecture Studio

Concrete structural elements and the size of the windows are two of the most significant formal elements that have been incorporated into the apartment’s design. The concrete structural elements are part of this because they serve to show that the apartment has been completely modernized. Further, the size of the windows also represents a very significant formal element in that they account for 55% of face area. Similarly, these design changes regarding both the concrete structural elements and the size of the windows are meant to make it clear that this apartment can be more comfortable and energy efficient without compromising its mid-century original style.

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