Ipês House in Brazil | Marcio Kogan’s StudioMK27


Marcio Kogan’s StudioMK27designed the Ipês house in São Paulo, Brazil:

Ten years ago, when StudioMK27 tried to do a project using exposed concrete, many builders said that this was practically impossible. Yeah, Right – Brazil that has a vast modern tradition in the use of raw concrete? During a determinate period, in the 90′s, the use of the material declined sharply, restricted to the few architects that used it experimentally and sporadically, without fixing a constructive know-how.

Concrete is, on the other hand, a type of x-ray of the construction and of the passing of time, where the surface is impregnated not only with the smallest defects but also the knots of the wood. It is liquid stone, as has already been said. The experience of constructing in raw concrete during these last ten years has shown StudioMK27 the impracticality of making an absolutely perfect material. The House of Ipês incorporates this experience of design and construction in exposed concrete.

In this house the material is used in a radical manner throughout the upper volume and, as such, the large concrete box appears to be floating atop a glass volume. In the living room, which continues to the veranda and the garden, the doors open entirely, diluting the division between interior and exterior. The main entrance is done through pivoting panels that also open entirely to the front garden. In the internal space, a long irregularly-shaped sofa wriggles around the room, constructing a space with no hierarchy among the different orientations.

On the top floor, a TV room distributes the circulation to the bedrooms, which are lit by a wood block on the concrete wall of the facade. The wooden brises offer the interior great thermal comfort and makes it possible to totally control the lighting.

The structure of the house incorporates large spans which accentuate the Idea of a floating Box, besides propitiating a totally free and continuous space. The use of raw concrete refers to modern buildings, aesthetically and functionally, as in a dialogue with this modern architecture. The House of Ipês, with its grand spans and brute material, transpires a sobriety and the concrete impregnated by the passage of time, exposes the existence of the life of the building.


Visit Marcio Kogan’s StudioMK27 website here | Photography by Reinaldo Cóser


Don’t forget to follow Archdezart on Facebook + Twitter to get all the latest updates


Did you like this? Share it:

Related posts:

Change it! by Amirko
Oloron-Sainte-Marie Multimedia Centre by Pascale Guédot
House in Santander | A-cero Architects
Dune House | Jarmund/Vigsnæs Arkitekter
Spaceport For Future Galactic Travels | ONL Studio
Yellow Brick House in Vilnius, Lithuania| Architectural Bureau G.Natkevicius & Partners
Gibbon Street House in Brisbane, Australia | Shaun Lockyer Architects
Guilhermes Home Studio | Studio Guilherme Torres
House Like Village | Marc Koehler Architects
Convent de Sant Francesc | David Closes
Cantilever House in Holladay, Utah | Imbue Design
Sam’s Creek in Bridgehampton, NY, USA | Bates Masi Architects
Bronte House in Sydney, Australia | Rolf Ockert
Coffee shop interior: Briki in Veroia, Greece | Dimitris Koukoudis
Race Round the House in Itoshima, Japan | Architect Show Co.
Casa Blanca in Lima, Peru | Martin Dulanto Sangalli

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.


6 − = three