Renovated Apartment Welcomes The Outdoors Into Every Room
This apartment in Panama City was in bad need of a renovation. First of all, the old distribution of the rooms was not suitable for a contemporary lifestyle and didn’t suit the needs and requirements of the new owners. Also, the old layout couldn’t be furnished in a functional manner given the arrangement and the shapes and sizes of the rooms. The spaces were large but they weren’t interconnected and this meant a lot of space always remained unused.
The apartment occupied the entire 26th floor of a 30 year old building. It was renovated by Dos G Arquitectos, a young firm established in 2010 which specializes in architecture, interior and industrial design. The studio was established by Ginette Gotti and Ivan Grippaldi who managed to find the balance between their different professional and cultural backgrounds.
The designers focused on finding the best way to redirect the attention to the views, to welcome the outdoors in and to make the sky a part of each room’s interior decor. Also objective of the project was to transform the layout and to adapt it to the demands of its new owners and their modern lifestyle. Some of the partitions had to be demolished in order to connect the spaces and to change their dimensions, orientation and shape.
Because the apartment occupies an entire floor, the designers were free to make some bold changes. They redesigned the entire lobby and created a new entry with a more formal and simplified design. They also created a separate entry for the part of the apartment that contains the kitchen, laundry room, service areas and home office.
The kitchen was extended and connected to the terrace. The counter doubles as a bar and this creates a smooth transition between the space while also allowing the kitchen to freely communicate with the outdoor dining space.
The master bedroom got new, bigger windows which welcome the panoramic views of the city inside while also bringing in lots of natural light. The rest of the decor in the room was kept minimalist so no striking feature would distract the attention from the views.
The new interior design is based on sober and neutral colors, the focus being mainly on the views.