Kogan, founder of São Paulo office Studio MK27, worked with film producer Lea van Steen to produce the movie, which is entitled Modern Living and based on a Bauhaus film by the late architect Richard Paulick.
The movie centres around Casa P, a family house comprising rectilinear concrete blocks that appear to be stacked on top of one another at perpendicular angles.
A large living and dining room occupies the ground floor of the building and can be opened out to the garden by sliding glass walls, while the middle floor accommodates four bedrooms with access to a roof deck and the uppermost level contains a separate family room.
In the film, these spaces are presented as "the latest innovations in housing construction and technology," filled with gadgets and space-saving solutions, such as a built-in vacuum cleaner and chutes for laundry and rubbish.
A garage is tucked away in the basement and is shown in the movie as the storage area for the owner's classic Corvette.
Security is also highlighted in the film, as a housekeeper demonstrates how post can be collected "in total isolation from the outside world" and how every space can be monitored using a CCTV system.
Architect Marcio Kogan worked as a film director in his early career and this is the third film he's produced at one of his buildings, following a house filmed through the eyes of the client's pet cat.
Other recent buildings by Studio MK27 include a photography studio with two folding walls and a house where two chunky concrete storeys are perched above a living room without walls. See more architecture by Studio MK27 »
Photography is Fernando Guerra.
Here's a project description from Studio MK27:
The P house is a puzzle game. Rotating three volumes around one nucleus generated not only a particular spatial dynamic, but also different visual relations between empty and full, between the private and semiprivate areas and the view of the city.
The site is located on the other side of the Pinheiros River, one of the main rivers that define and cut into the city of São Paulo, in an essentially residential neighborhood, Morumbi. From there it is possible to see the entire valley filled with gardened houses, the river and, on the other margin, another hill, the corporate area of the city drawing the metropolitan skyline with its typical skyscrapers.
The program boasts three floors: a garden, a terrace with fireplace and barbecue, home theatre, dining and living rooms, washroom, kitchen, four bedrooms, office and family room. In the basement: a garage, laundry room, utility rooms and a gym. The nucleus of the circulation is made of a continuous staircase joined in a structural wall. This block, which organises the structure and distributes the fluxes, is the pivot around which the boxes revolve.
The volumes are developed to create constant and distinct relations between the inner and outer spaces. The bedrooms on the second floor look out to the pool and take advantage of the deck above the roof of the living and dining rooms. The box comprising the bedrooms projects outwards over both sides of the first box. From one side, the cantilever determines the main entrance of the house and, on the other, it shades the terrace.
The spiral movement continues with the third box, supported by the second and projecting outwards over the first. It shades the window of the master bedroom and part of the deck while, simultaneously, creates new visual relations with the other bedrooms and the terrace.
All of the boxes are bare concrete frames. The living room and the bedrooms have their sides closed by freijó wooden folding panels which filter the light and allow for permanent crossed ventilation. The family room, on the top floor is enclosed by glass, to preserve the view.
The result strengthens interactions, the crossing of eye views and vectors through the garden: eyes that see the view and the treetops around the pool, eyes that are turned back to the house itself, its volumetry and, above all else, to its own life.
Project: P House
Location: São Paulo, Brazil
Architecture: Studio MK27
Architect: Marcio Kogan
Co-architect: Lair Reis
Interiors: Diana Radomysler
Collaborators: Carolina Castroviejo, Carlos Costa, Laura Guedes, Mariana Simas, Oswaldo Pessano, Suzana Glogowski
Team: Andrea Macruz, Samanta Cafardo, Renata Furlanetto
Architecture collaborator: Fernanda Reiva
- Green Box by act_romegialli
- Blok 1 by GROUP A
- Fireball Lilly Lodge by Hogarth Architec…ts
- Movie: Gyre "The Swirl" by MVRDV
- New photographs show Rogers' Leadenhall …Building nearing completion
- Alwyne Place by Lipton Plant Architects
- 3 Way House by Naf Architect & Design
- Aromatic Fabrication by Hung-Pin Hsueh
- Centro Roberto Garza Sada de Arte Arquit…ectura y Diseño by Tadao Ando
Sign up for a daily roundup
of all our stories