Marcio Kogan (studiomk27)
São paulo, Brazil
On the ground floor, the living room is placed in a negative base which creates a suspension effect for the structure – when the sliding metallic doors are opened, exposing the structure with its cylindrical pilotis. Thus, the collective area extends and continues the outside.
On the second floor, where the concrete reaffirms its density, the windows distribution follow internal program. For the rooms, there are three equal-sized openings facing the pool and, for the TV room, another one turned back. On the third floor, where the master suite and an office are located, a void passes through the entire floor, as a parallelepiped of empty mass subtracted from the concrete.
Cube House creates a dialogue with the tradition of modern architecture in São Paulo – the brutalism of architects such as Paulo Mendes da Rocha and Vilanova Artigas. But the radical roughness of the 60’s decants here in soft spaces that prioritize, unlike the anteceding projects, criteria such as comfort, functionality and livability. The use of raw concrete and the architecture done by massive blocks on the outside remain.
This project takes up ideas previously developed by studio mk27 in Micasa VolB (2006-2007) – an annex to a furniture store that humorously incorporated, in the finished project, visualizations of usual constructive processes of the so-called Paulista School.