Dumont Coffee

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Brasília, Brazil

Our Dumont Coffee project is conceptually inspired by the object of the “balloon”, establishing a connection with the father of aviation, Alberto Santos Dumont – to whom this coffee pays tribute. Dumont began his passion for machines through the coffee machines of his father, Henrique Dumont, one of the largest Brazilian coffee farmer of the nineteenth century.

Vaults – Apparatus Architects Studio

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Lisbon, Portugal

The studio is a small storefront within an 18th CE historical Palace located in central Lisbon. Through time, the palace suffered several transformations, such as the conversion of the entrance halls into mixed-used commercial and office spaces facing the street.

The first impact of the space was a lack of richness and texture, a contrast to the building itself. The space had a very low ceiling, below the height of the windows reducing the incidence of natural light – a lower level in relation to the street where the high windows would frame the different parts of the ceiling.

Something was wrong, we had to strip down the space and leave it bare. Then, from the original wooden beams from the mid 18th CE to the steel beams placed in a recent renovation, it became clear that we could read the history of this building through this uncovered ceiling.

While exploring the references and Architypes found in the palace, we were drawn to the traditional Portuguese brick vaulted ceilings behind a now enclosed space, which used to be a corridor from the patio leading to the horse stables. This Architype would be our response to the issues we were facing and the history we wanted to tell.

Through typological transformations, we manipulated the regular vaults according to specifics parameters of positioning and scale: measurement, identification, locations of the beams and the positions of doors and windows, all to ensure a maximum incidence of light in the studio. The result was accomplished, needing then craftsmen to build it.

Craftsmanship was the final stage of our conception, the beginning of a conversation, a journey, with the incredible carpenters with skills passed from generations, that made this a real, semi digital, but entirely manual process.

Apparatus Architectecs is a Lisbon-based design, architecture, urban design and research practice, based on the exploration of means to challenge existing typologies and inform new contexts, in order to respond to a permanent changing society.


Photography: Ricardo Oliveira Alves

Amor Records

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Lisbon, Portugal

A project developed to represent the brand on a conceptual and physical level, which aimed to combine Brazilian disco and the love for vinyl in Lisbon. The client wanted the brand to have clear references to mid-century décor mixed with Brazilian brutalism with a green tropical feel.

Situated in a historic borough in central Lisbon. The space had the light concentrated in the entrance which associated with the high ceilings gave a tunnel-like feeling to the space. However, there was a strong sense of identity and presence with original stone flooring and historic apparent wooden beams and ceiling.

Conceptually we wanted to embrace and highlight these original features and incorporate them in our favour — the beautiful antique stone floor and the natural absence of light which combined with a red ceiling, embodied and illustrated the Brand’s visual identity. To bring the brutalist character into the project we designed a long shelf made of recoopered wood and bent iron rebars, which would serve as the showcase for all of the vinyls, merch, and tropical garden setting a pleasant mood to pop by and immerse yourself in the best of Brazilian disco music.


Renders: Tejo Collective