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 renovation of the apartment focused mainly on welcoming the outdoors inThis space used to be closed balcony which didn’t really have any functional value
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 renovation transformed it into a covered terrace ideal for an al fresco dining spaceThe terrace offers panoramic views of the city which can also be admired from inside the apartmentMost of the original layout was modified in order to better connect the spacesThe interior dining space is adjacent to the entrance, the two being separated by a divider
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.
The two dining areas are adjacent to each other and serve similar purposesThe social areas are connected to the terrace through sliding glass doorsEach room benefits from abundant natural light and views of the sky
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 living space is open and bright but also scarcely furnishedThere is no chandelier in the living area. Instead the designers chose a large floor lampThe new distribution of the spaces also allowed the designers to create a new guest room
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 kitchen was initially a completely separate room with no access to the balconyThe new kitchen design has access to the terrace and features sliding glass doorsThe colors are kept simple and neutral in order to emphasize the views
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 bedroom offers exquisite and panoramic views on two sidesThere’s little furniture and no unnecessary accessories in the room
The new interior design is based on sober and neutral colors, the focus being mainly on the views.
The same simplicity was also applied to the bathroom