Architect Alan Chu renovated an apartment in São Paulo, Brazil, using partition walls made from traditional ceramic blocks from the 30’s, popular by modernist architects like Lucio Costa and Oscar Niemeyer.
Photography © Djan Chu
Description from the architect Alan Chu:
“This apartment renovation in São Paulo was nicknamed Ap due to use of the traditional ceramic block created in Brazil in the 1930s and popularized by modernist architects like Lucio Costa and Oscar Niemeyer.
Initially, cobogós were made of cement only. With its popularization started to be molded with other materials clay, glass, ceramic, etc.
The project takes advantage of this ceramic construction exploring its function, color, graphics or light effects Cobogó used as partition walls or lining was also incorporated into the furniture specifically designed for the place. Other materials used were cement, rebarand and plywood.”