studio mk27: studio R, sao paulo
studio mk27: studio R, sao paulo studio mk27: studio R, sao paulo
dec 19, 2012

studio mk27: studio R, sao paulo

‘studio R’ by studio mk27, sao paulo, brasilimage © fernando guerraall images courtesy of studio mk27



brazilian practice studio mk27 has recently completed ‘studio R’ in sao paulo in a site defined by a tall peripheral wall and several trees scattered throughout the property. the form follows the stacking of three basic concrete boxes of differing dimensions, the bottom open on the east/west axis and the top two facing north/south. made for a photographer to live and work, the ground level is a large open studio space, characterized by an all-white neutral interior that allows for control over color. two large aluminum metal doors like awnings swing open to bring the exterior gardens into the space to provide natural light, or can be completely closed off so that the artist may manipulate artificial lights as desired. a free-standing green formica box contains the bathroom and dressing room and separates the main studio area from the concealed stairs alongthe wall, lit from the sky, that take the residents up to the kitchen and dining room.


this next volume is a single open space with a smaller inset concrete core containing the restroom, kitchen and storage space. the entire northern facade is a uniform fine wooden screen left in its natural dark stain that filters the intensity of the natural light coming in, while still allowing views to the outside with retractable sections; at night this lattice skin projects pixelated silhouettes of the interior as it glows from interior light. a wall of sliding glass panels further insulates the structure and provides cross ventilation. following the vertical circulation to the next level reveals a living area within a smaller-scale version of the previous mass, containing a vibrant red mashrabiya skin that opens to a rooftop terrace, extending views over the tree canopies.



three stacked concrete massesimage © fernando guerra

image © fernando guerra

wood screens create distorted silhouettes of the interiorimage © fernando guerra

cantilevering living roomimage © fernando guerra

opening of the long studio doorimage © fernando guerra

image © fernando guerra

rooftop terraceimage © fernando guerra

retractable screen doorsimage © fernando guerra

living room interiorimage © fernando guerra

(left) living room(right) kitchen and dining areaimage © fernando guerra

dining area behind natural wood screenimage © fernando guerra

image © fernando guerra

image © fernando guerra

stairs leading down to the studioimage © fernando guerra

green mass in a white room contains dressing room and servicesimage © fernando guerra

studio spaceimage © fernando guerra

full-length door opens to exterior gardenimage © fernando guerra

dressing roomimage © fernando guerra

image © fernando guerra

image © fernando guerra


floor plan / level 01. patio2. studio3. dressing room4. bathroom5. storage6. side garden

floor plan / level 17. office8. meeting area9. kitchen10. bathroom11. storage

floor plan / level 212. living room13. deck14. technical area / services





project info:



project: studio Rlocation: são paulo . sp . brazilproject: february . 2008completion: september . 2012site area: 338,15 m2built area: 373,00 m2

architecture: studio mk27architect: marcio koganco-architect: gabriel kogan . oswaldo pessanointeriors: diana radomyslerteam: beatriz meyer . eduardo chalabi . eduardo glycerio . eduardo gurian  . elisa friedmann . gabriel kogan . lair reis . luciana antunes . marcio tanaka . maria cristina motta . mariana ruzante . mariana simas . samanta cafardo . suzana glogowskicollaborators: fernando falcon . fabiana cyon


landscape architect: passe_ar verde, joão fausto maule filhostructure engineer: leão e associados, eng. joão rubens leãogeneral contractor: lock engenharia, eng. marcelo ribeiroair conditioning: grau engenhariainstallations: grau engenhariagates: s. naldi

  • Incredibly beautiful design.Thank you for sharing.

    Desgn Coholic says:
  • superb piece of work

    dbkii says:
  • The screens create a warm lighting effect other wise the home has a cold institutional, even corporate look. Not a home.

    Kenneth Smythe says:
  • well photographed too

    Richard says:
  • I like this very much and if it were mine, I would soften it with paint, lighting, rugs, and art. This would make the home feel more friendly and would probably improve the acoustics.

    Don says:

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