This Apartment Renovation Was Meant as a Rental. The Owner Liked It So Much, He Kept It for Himself

Architect Rafael Ramos turned a cramped 700-square-foot flat in Rio de Janeiro into a finely tuned space infused with his client’s personal style.
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Gabriel Hidd didn’t waste any time. Right after purchasing his first apartment at auction, the Rio de Janeiro–based economist enlisted architect Rafael Ramos to turn the outdated flat into a comfortable, contemporary home that reflected his tastes.

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