studio mk27: toblerone house
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aug 07, 2012
studio mk27: toblerone house

‘toblerone house’ by studio mk27, sao paulo, brazil
all images courtesy of studio mk27
image © nelson kon



brazilian practice studio mk27 has completed the ‘toblerone house’ in sao paulo, brazil. three expansive horizontal concrete planes
sandwich the simple juxtoposition of two contrasting spaces. upstairs, the ‘house on pilotis’, a wood box deep within the roof footprint
is wrapped in retractable screens of slender wooden slats which serve as a backdrop for the vegetation’s shadows during the day,
while illuminating at night to give hints as to the activity inside. the lower level is comprised of two rows of 14 slender steel columns
running longitudinally to maximize unobstructed exposure to the outside through the fully functional glass walls. public spaces are
organized within this transparent soft-storey surrounded by the natural outdoor garden. the living room extends beyond the vitreous
envelope to an exterior veranda and patio with a hanging fireplace and a circular void in the ceiling embracing two trees.


‘toblerone house’ has been shortlisted in the ‘villas’ category of the 2012 world architecture festival.
see the complete list of this year’s nominated projects here.



view from garden
image © nelson kon



two levels separated by horizontal concrete masses
image © nelson kon



contrast of two volumes
image © nelson kon



open living space below
image © nelson kon



open-air veranda
image © nelson kon



rear stairs
image © nelson kon



image © nelson kon



wood slats wrap the skin of the upstairs
image © nelson kon



the envelope blocks views during the day
image © nelson kon



deep overhangs minimize direct sunlight
image © nelson kon



glass reflects exterior garden
image © nelson kon



outdoor veranda with trees and hanging fireplace
image © nelson kon



void in the ceiling embraces three trees
image © nelson kon



image © nelson kon



separation of outdoor and indoor by large glass walls
image © nelson kon



interior living room
image © nelson kon



image © nelson kon



image © nelson kon



interior bedroom
image © nelson kon



retractable wooden screens
image © nelson kon



site plan


floor plan / level 0



floor plan / level 1












project info:



location: são paulo . sp . brazil
project: january 2008
completion: october  2011
site area: 1,453 m2
built area:  590 m2

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