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Open-Space Apartments

This Brazilian Apartment was Reworked to Accommodate an Open Concept Feel

— October 8, 2014 — Art & Design
This open-space apartment in Brazil was once extremely compartmentalized, which suited the family that inhabited it. But in order to make the space seem fresh and appealing to a young, single person in São Paulo, Flavio Castro of the FC Studio had to overhaul the design of the house, which primarily involved opening it up.

The Maranhão Apartment's interior now features one large living space that houses the living room, TV viewing area and kitchen. With so many partitions removed, the space looks much bigger than it used to be, which would appeal to anyone. The house is filled with a variety of quirky, personality-packed decor, including vibrant yellow chairs, mismatched lights and even a blue fridge.
Trend Themes
1. Open-space Living - The trend towards open-space living continues to inspire architects and designers worldwide.
2. Single Dwelling Units - Single people looking for housing are driving the growth of open-space single dwelling units.
3. Multi-purpose Spaces - The desire for multipurpose spaces and flexible interiors is driving demand for open-space living and design.
Industry Implications
1. Real Estate - Real estate developers and agents need to be prepared to market open-space apartments and single units to the growing demand of single people.
2. Interior Design - Interior designers will need to adapt to the trend of open-space living and create multifunctional spaces that also cater to individual style and personality.
3. Architecture - Architects and builders need to adopt open-space living in their designs to meet the growing trend towards flexibility and practicality in homes and apartments.
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