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Minimalist Home Wows with Bold Flooring and Staircase Sculpture

Tasked with converting two separate apartments into one family home, Portuguese architecture firm Correia/Ragazzi Arquitectos reorganized and redefined living spaces to make them work, functionally and aesthetically speaking. The architects created a social floor, housing public spaces including the kitchen, living room, laundry, terrace, guest suite and guest bath. Meanwhile, the private spaces are tucked away upstairs – a trio of suites for the parents and kids. To maintain a connection between the two floors, a double-height hallway houses a striking, sculptural staircase which acts as the main focal point of the home and its physical connector. The smooth, fluid form of the stairs defines this home as a modern one, complemented by funky features like the bold patterned floor, the minimal furnishings and the black-and-while backdrop.

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The curious floor continues through the hallway, living/dining area and kitchen, featuring a mosaic that introduces texture and three-dimensionality to the space.

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The social spaces are open and unrestricted, leaving its residents to move between hallway to living room to dining room to terrace without skipping a beat.

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The terrace is just on the other side of the living room window, stretching from wall to wall and allowing the outdoors in by simply pulling the shade. Voila!

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The living room features a cool corner fireplace, but not in the sense you’d expect The marble slabs take an inverted position, angling inward with the firebox tucked into the 90-degree nook.

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Contrasting the white walls and fireplace, a bank of black built-in cabinets leads you into the main hall.

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The kitchen is the epitome of order, concealing the usual chaos behind minimalist clean-faced cabinets.

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In the main hall, the meandering staircase is as intriguing from below as it is from above.

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At the top of the stairs, a series of openings in the walls let light stream down to the main floor.

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Integrated lighting at the upper landing lures you up with its eerie glow.

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Upstairs, partial walls maintain a connection with the lower level.

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A bedrooms boast the same built-in black and white cabinetry, providing a simple aesthetic and plenty of storage space.

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An elongated bedside table doubles the storage for bedtime reading and doubles as a desk.

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Another bedroom features a more sophisticated black storage system, this one open for display.

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In contrast to the lower level, the upper floor was designed for privacy.

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A minimalist bathroom features simple, contemporary shower fixtures and a translucent rear wall which lets light permeate the space without compromising privacy.

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A freestanding egg-shaped bath is the main focus of the eye and the body.
Correia/Ragazzi Arquitectos
Photo credit: Luis Ferreira Alves

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