It’s a well-known fact that Marcio Kogan probably designs the best houses in Brazil. Because of this, we couldn’t help but share one of our favourite projects from his architectural firm Studio MK27. Completed in the summer of 2012, the ‘V4 House’ in Sao Paulo will blow your mind the moment you see it.
Entirely submerged underground, the one-storey sub-grade dwelling stretches across the entire site so that the interior takes centre stage just as much as the exterior garden. This residential project is case in point in how successful contemporary architecture can be in optimising spaces, so much so that the house almost disappears when seen from the street. Little do passers-by realise the architectural beauty that sits below the unassuming ground floor decked roof.
The structure takes form by a vast exposed concrete volume that acts as a roof at ground level. Integrated beams extend perpendicularly to disappear into the retaining wall, made of natural stone, to define the property line while doubling as an extensive exterior deck.
Completely and brilliantly open plan, the public living spaces are authenticated by four slender columns, lined by retractable glass doors at the room edges to open the space even more and immerse the resident with the outdoor environment.
Along one axis, a ‘wooden box’ is enveloped in perforated timber panels that contains the private bedrooms to conceal and shade the spaces from direct light. The designs encourage the most incredible refraction of light while allowing the rooms to be more easily acclimated.
‘V4 House’ was shortlisted in the ‘Housing’ category at the 2012 World Architecture Festival.
Co-Architects: Renata Furlanetto and Diana Radomysler
Interiors: Diana Radomysler
Collaborators: Gabriel Kogan, Fernando Falcon, Fabiana Cyon, Mariana Simas & Oswaldo Pessano
Photographer: Nelson Kon
Studio MK27; studiomk27.com.br