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Open and Flexible: MiCasa Vol.C by Studio MK27

Open and Flexible: MiCasa Vol.C by Studio MK27

MiCasa Vol.C by Studio MK27 ph. Fernando Guerra

MiCasa Vol.C is a single open space that completes an existing furniture store complex in São Paulo. The complex consists of the original store, Vol.A, the annex designed by Studio MK27 in 2007, Vol.B, and now the new space called Vol.C.

The demand for a flexible program led to the creation of an internal space that allowed for several possible uses: shopping, exhibiting, and residing in a caravan that fits in the space and accommodates a temporary residence for invited artists. The resulting space is a 15x15m floor plan with a 7.5m ceiling height. Isamu Noguchi‘s pendant lamp punctuates the double symmetry of the space and highlights its vertical dimension.

ph. Fernando Guerra

Continuing Studio MK27’s recent research on the subject, the studio adopted a wood structural system. The system allowed for a clean and fast construction. In every second module, in the upper plane, steel rods are used to brace the structure. A substructure supports the skin of the building and creates a gap between the plane of the façade and the pillars. This distance reinforces the reading of the rhythm and of the simple fittings of the wooden elements.

Contrasting with the straightness of the metal structure of Vol.A and the brutalist exposed concrete of Vol.B, Vol.C seems to float gently off the ground like a Japanese lantern. The building’s envelope is made of folded sheets of two different materials: translucent polycarbonate in the upper half and a white metal plate in the lower one. During the day, the shadows of surrounding trees are projected onto the façade, bringing the poetic movement of light and nature into the inner space.

DATE: 2015-2018 / LOCATION: São Paulo, Brazil / AREA: 460 sqm (site), 230 sqm (built) / PROGRAM: Pavilion / STATUS: Built / ARCHITECT: Studio MK27 (Marcio Kogan) / CO-ARCHITECT: Marcio Tanaka / TEAM: Carlos Costa, Diana Radomysler, Laura Guedes, Mariana Ruzante, Mariana Simas, Oswaldo Pessano, Raquel Reznicek, Renata Furlanetto, Samanta Cafardo, Tamara Lichtenstein / CONSULTANTS: Eng. Alan Dias (structural analysis – wood), GDPE Projetos Estruturais (structural analysis – metal), Zamaro Projetos de Instalações (mep), Apoio Assessoria e Projeto de fundações (foundation), Thermoplan Engenharia Térmica (air conditioning), Eng. Luis Esteves, Eng. Edson Kimura, Eng. Silvio Lopes (carpinteria estruturas de madeira) / CONTRACTOR: All’e engenharia / PHOTOS: Fernando Guerra

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