in são paulo, studio MK27 has completed a versatile pavilion that can serve as a retail space, an exhibition gallery, or even a temporary residence for invited artists. the building, which is located at the heart of the brazilian city, measures 15 by 15 meters (49×49 feet) with a ceiling height of 7.5 meters (25 feet). to realize the project, photographed here by fernando guerra, the design team employed a timber structural system that resulted in a fast and efficient construction.

 

UPDATE: this project was shortlisted in the ‘display – completed buildings’ category at the 2018 world architecture festival.

studio MK27 micasa
the building’s envelope is made of folded sheets of two different materials
image by fernando guerra (also main image)

 

 

titled ‘vol.C’, the project forms part of micasa’s furniture store complex — a campus which also includes the brand’s original retail space, vol.A, and vol.B, the annex completed by studio MK27 in 2007. the building’s envelope is made of folded sheets in two different materials: translucent polycarbonate for the upper half and a white metal plate below. during the day, the shadows of the surrounding trees are projected onto the façade, subtly infiltrating the brightly lit interior.

studio MK27 micasa
translucent polycarbonate is used for the upper half of the façade
image by fernando guerra

 

 

led by marcio kogan and marcio tanaka, studio MK27 utilized a succession of glulam frames with steel rods used for bracing the structure. ‘a substructure supports the skin of the building and creates a gap between the plane of the façade and the pillars,’ explain the architects. ‘this distance reinforces the reading of the rhythm and of the simple fittings of the wooden elements.’ see more work by studio MK27 on designboom here.

studio MK27 micasa
a retractable door provides a seamless connection between inside and out
image by fernando guerra

studio MK27 micasa
isamu noguchi’s pendant lamp is hung at the center of the space
image by fernando guerra

studio MK27 micasa
the space measures 15 by 15 meters (49×49 feet)
image by fernando guerra

studio MK27 micasa
studio MK27 utilized a succession of glulam frames
image by fernando guerra

studio MK27 micasa
steel rods have been used to brace the structure
image by fernando guerra

studio MK27 micasa
the shadows of surrounding trees are projected onto the façade
image by fernando guerra

studio MK27 micasa
the door can be securely closed when the pavilion is not in use
image by fernando guerra

studio MK27 micasa
the building takes on a different appearance at night, glowing from within
image by fernando guerra

studio MK27 micasa
the volume can serve as a retail space, an exhibition gallery, or even a temporary residence 
image by fernando guerra

studio MK27 micasa
the project forms part of micasa’s furniture store complex
image by fernando guerra

 

 

project info:

 

name: micasa vol.C
location: são paulo, brazil
dates: may, 2015 – february, 2018
site area: 460 sqm
built area: 230 sqm

 

architecture: studio MK27
architect: marcio kogan
co-architect: marcio tanaka
project team: carlos costa, diana radomysler, laura guedes, mariana ruzante, mariana simas, oswaldo pessano, raquel reznicek, renata furlanetto, samanta cafardo, tamara lichtenstein
photography: fernando guerra

 

structural analysis – wood: carpinteria estruturas de madeira, eng. alan dias
structural analysis – metal (technical area): gdpe projetos estruturais
structural analysis – concrete (kitchen/bathrooms): gdpe projetos estruturais
mep: zamaro projetos de instalações
foundation: apoio assessoria e projeto de fundações
air conditioning: thermoplan engenharia térmica
contractor: all’e engenharia, eng. luis esteves, eng. edson Kimura, eng. silvio lopes

 

main suppliers: carpinteria estruturas de madeira (wood structure); brigato esquadrias (polycarbonate façade); sertec soluções personalizadas (locksmith); hunter douglas (miniwave panels); idarti (light fixtures)