Tais Mattos Apartment
Making Obstacles into Solutions
In 2009 innovative architect Rodrigo Ohtake teamed up with architect Tais Mattos to renovate Mattos’s apartment in Sao Paulo, Brazil, into a work of art. An immediate challenge was presented by the elevator shaft or “core” which was positioned in the center of the apartment. In his characteristic creative style, Ohtake changed the core from being a perceived problem into a functional and pleasingly aesthetic solution.
“I believe that one of the goals in architecture is to transform obstacles into challenges and then into innovative solutions.”
Ohtake designed shelving niches directly into the cement elevator core. The additional storage space was given character with decidedly organic shapes rather than conventional rectangular shelving. To lend further distinction and aesthetic value, the core was painted a very lively yellow, and the recessed storage spaces were given dimension with dark linings to contrast with the yellow. The resulting effect in the apartment is that the elevator core is the central sculpture both functional and pleasing to the eye.