Studio MK27 is one of the most influential contemporary architecture companies today. From Sao Paulo, Brazil, MK27 are known for their minimalist style that typically contrasts with an intrinsic materiality. Major features of their work are not immune to the strong influences of Brazilian modernism and architects such as Oscar Niemeyer, Lucio Costa, Lina Bo Bardi, Rino Levi and Affonso Reidy. Their projects comply with the principles of Brazilian modernist architecture, with special attention to the interior design and its details, resulting in an architecture that blends traditional elements with a contemporary focus on nature.
This article will specifically highlight the sensational M&M house, one of those cases where pictures are worth a thousand words. A diverse team worked on this project, with the architecture being completed by Marcio Kogan and Maria Cristina Motta, and the interiors by Diana Radomysler—both interior and external elements in conjunction with Studio MK27.
This beautiful project is located in Bragança Paulista, a municipality that is part of São Paulo, and is one of the nature reserves protected by the Brazilian Government in the region. It is an ideal place for tourism and other leisure activities. This first image serves to show the incredible surroundings of this house and the spectacular flora and fauna that can only be possible in a tropical climate such as Brazil's. The reflective mirror you can see in the bottom of the image is actually the pool of this house. Beautiful!
The design of M&M house develops from the overlapping of two very simple orthogonal planes: one relates to interior spaces and the other to the external areas. In the picture you can see one of the façades of the house oriented towards the pool, where the horizontal nature of the project is both challenged and balanced by the verticality of the trees. This is a house that displays an impressive interaction with the landscape.
Another view of the façade and the pool serves to show us the flexibility and dynamism of this project. All that timber that you see along the wall in the image above is actually a set of shutters that can be opened or closed depending on the will of the owners. Whether they are open or not, they integrate seamlessly into the landscape, due to the natural quality of the material. On the roof of the house, turf was inserted in order to better integrate the project into the landscape and to merge with its surroundings.
As we get closer, we can see how the different spaces of the house interconnect and can be both indoors and outdoors. Since we are in Brazil, a region which has an annual average temperature of 22 degrees, such a situation is perfectly possible. To the right there is a big, open and fluid space inhabited by delicate pieces of furniture; authentic pieces of design always in harmony with the landscape and each other.
This open and empty space serves as a space for indoor and outdoor living, with a majestic kitchen inserted on the left side and a living room on the right. An imposing concrete cover reminds us of many classic Brazilians buildings, including the Brazilian Sculpture Museum, designed by the acclaimed and award winning Brazilian Paulo Mendes da Rocha. The kitchen is minimal and high-tech, offsetting the organic-looking furniture.
This funny image with a parrot to animate the scene shows us a beautiful indoor kitchen in the same space that also houses the dining room. Again, there is a perfect relationship of materials and architectural forms. The simple design of the gabled roof, coated inside with timber, is related to the white walls where the light reflects and expands from the circular pendant lamps. The whole environment follows the same chromatic palette of earth tones.
The project of this house is undoubtedly unique and sublime because of its extreme simplicity and relationship with the surrounding landscape. A continuous concrete strucutre with wood detailing, built on a small rise of ground, when viewed from a more distant perspective such as in this picture, proves everything that has been noted: The seamless integration with nature.
This perspective makes it possible to understand better what the house is composed of: the gable roof, coated with grass, a concrete structure and wooden façades. When compared to its surrounding context, we see a perfect and simple articulation of colours. The exterior is decorated with native trees, grass and stunning reflections projected from the concrete pool.
We end the article with two stunning panoramic images. In this case, the house, which appears totally immersed in and merged with the surrounding nature…
… and this, the impressive pool that is a mirror reflecting in its calm water and the various shades and moments of the day. Their owners are given the privilege to swim and relax over an endless green landscape. The whole project itself is an outstanding example of dream-worthy architecture.