Duo T Apartment: Infusing Carioca Soul into a Modern Retreat

Designed by PKB Arquitetura in 2020, the Duo T Apartment in Rio de Janeiro is a stunning example of modernist design.

This oceanfront apartment has been transformed from its original state 50 years ago into a sophisticated weekend and summer retreat. With breathtaking views of the iconic Ipanema and Leblon beaches, the Duo T Apartment offers a serene getaway that captures the essence of Rio’s welcoming atmosphere.

Spacious living room with sleek wooden furniture, large windows overlooking the ocean.
A modern, open-concept living space with a sleek wooden staircase, textured furnishings, and large windows.
Elegant modern interior with warm wood paneling, sleek furniture, and artistic decor.
Elegant dining room featuring a sleek white table, woven bamboo divider, and blue accent chairs.
A modern kitchen with a unique tile backsplash, wooden cabinetry, and stainless steel appliances.
Well-designed bedroom with warm terracotta walls, modern shelving, and cozy textiles.
Warm-toned wood paneling, minimalist decor, and cozy bedding create a relaxing ambiance.
Modern bathroom with wooden vanity, rectangular mirror, and minimalist decor.
Sleek outdoor area with glass walls, wooden deck, and lush plants. Cozy seating arrangement.
Elevated pool overlooking the iconic Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Sleek outdoor kitchen with natural stone wall, wood storage, and pool view.

About Duo T Apartment

Breathing New Life into a Vintage Apartment

The family’s São Paulo apartment, untouched for 50 years, was in need of a significant update. They aimed to revamp the interior design to create a comfortable weekend and summer retreat. Their vision also included adding a second floor to serve as an expansive leisure area for family and friends during their city visits.

A Stunning View Inspires the Design

The project’s primary inspiration came from the breathtaking views of Ipanema and Leblon beaches. By incorporating the laid-back and welcoming lifestyle of Rio de Janeiro, the design team infused the apartment with a Carioca soul.

Incorporating Natural Elements and Timeless Furniture

The design choices throughout the apartment emphasize natural materials, abundant natural light, and simple, timeless furniture. Each room showcases these elements, resulting in a cohesive and inviting atmosphere that embodies the essence of Rio de Janeiro.

Photography by Denilson Machado / MCA Estudio

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- by Matt Watts