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AIM Studio was challenged to design a creative apartment in a former office building in Milan, Italy. Even though Brazilian Taste exudes a harmonious design throughout, its functional spaces — the kitchen, dining area, living room and study — are well defined.

“The owner asked us to think about an elegant, fresh, flexible space that would communicate with numerous plants, their major passion,” the architects said. The layout was redesigned according to the contemporary living needs of the clients.

The project was developed around a white concrete box, a living room that’s framed in and closed on three sides. Inside, the white resin finish bounces light off the walls, helping the plants grow. A variety of eclectic furnishings make the room homey and inviting.

The rest of the 2,153-square-foot apartment features several textures, including concrete walls, dark wood flooring, a sleek, modern kitchen and bath, and — adding a touch of the tropics — plenty of plants. What do you think of this creative apartment? [Photography by Nicolò Parsenziani]