The ultimate achievement in minimalist interiors is to do away with all clutter, hiding personal effects and even furniture so that the focus is on the architecture and design of the space itself. Portugal-based studio OODA transformed two 19th-century buildings in the city of Porto with freestanding, monolithic black boxes containing the bedrooms as well as the baths, kitchen and other functions.
Upon entering these interiors, your gaze is immediately drawn to the drama of these perforated black shapes, stark in contrast to matte white walls and wooden floors. This prefabricated solution looks high-end but is actually quite affordable, adaptable to different kinds of interiors, and transferable to new spaces.
The modules consist of a light steel frame with cement fiber board panels and fiberglass panels on the inside, and a perforated envelope made of Valcromat, a richly colored wood fiber panel. OODA outfitted all 16 studio apartments of the LOIOS building in Porto with these custom-made boxes, which can be fabricated to incorporate all sorts of different elements, used individually or stacked.
The standard units feature a bed that slides out from the base and a desk on a raised platform, with a kitchenette and bathroom hidden on the other sides. The perforations on the exterior, inspired by the painted tiles found throughout the city, give the modules a lantern-like feel at night.