This Renovated Apartment is a Beach Lover’s Dream House Portugal-based architecture firm dEMM Arquitectura makes it their mission to design buildings inspired by their surroundings. For their project Apt Foz, dEMM Arquitectura, led by architect Paulo Fernandes Silva, renovated a seaside apartment to complement the Atlantic Ocean. The finished apartment, located in Foz do Douro, boasts stunning views of the ocean, a bright interior, and rich nautical-inspired elements. We sat and had a chat with Paulo about his renovation project. THE PLUS: How was the process of modifying the space to make it more open? Any big challenges? Paulo Fernandes Silva: The process of modifying the space: In order to open up the space we had to reinforce the existing structure with steel elements. TP: The fireplace is beautiful – can you tell us more about the design? PFS: The fireplace rotates 360º and it’s attached to the ceiling. The owners can use it either for inside or outside purposes, because the frames are tri-rail and it’s possible to open two-thirds of the windows of living room to the exterior. TP: Which three words would you use to describe the apartment before the renovation? PFS: Fragmented, aged, dark. TP: Which three words would you use to describe the apartment after the renovation? PFS: Open, clean, sophisticated. TP: How did you decide the colours and tones – in particular, why did you go with dark-tone wood for the floor? PFS: We used the contrast of the white on the walls and the predominance of dark wood to counterbalance the light on the floor and ceiling. The wood we choose also works very well on the outside, and has low maintenance. The use of wood was also the result of the proximity of the sea and inspired by the nautical architecture. TP: What do you enjoy most about the final result? PFS: The clarity of the spaces, the clean details and the dilution of the barriers between spaces and between the interior and exterior.