Casa P by
Studio MK27

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Movie: a recently completed concrete house in São Paulo is depicted as a luxury home from the 1950s in the latest architecture film by Brazilian architect Marcio Kogan.

Pinheiro House by Studio MK27

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.

Pinheiro House by Studio MK27

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.

Pinheiro House by Studio MK27

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.

Pinheiro House by Studio MK27

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.

Pinheiro House by Studio MK27

A garage is tucked away in the basement and is shown in the movie as the storage area for the owner's classic Corvette.

Pinheiro House by Studio MK27

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.

Pinheiro House by Studio MK27

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.

Pinheiro House by Studio MK27

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 »

Pinheiro House by Studio MK27

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Pinheiro House by Studio MK27

Photography is Fernando Guerra.

Here's a project description from Studio MK27:


Casa P

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.

Pinheiro House by Studio MK27

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.

Pinheiro House by Studio MK27

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.

Pinheiro House by Studio MK27

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.

Pinheiro House by Studio MK27

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.

Pinheiro House by Studio MK27

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.

Pinheiro House by Studio MK27

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.

Pinheiro House by Studio MK27

Project: P House
Location: São Paulo, Brazil

Pinheiro House by Studio MK27

Architecture: Studio MK27
Architect: Marcio Kogan
Co-architect: Lair Reis
Interiors: Diana Radomysler

Pinheiro House by Studio MK27

Collaborators: Carolina Castroviejo, Carlos Costa, Laura Guedes, Mariana Simas, Oswaldo Pessano, Suzana Glogowski
Team: Andrea Macruz, Samanta Cafardo, Renata Furlanetto
Architecture collaborator: Fernanda Reiva

Pinheiro House by Studio MK27
Ground floor plan - click for larger image
Pinheiro House by Studio MK27
First floor plan - click for larger image
Pinheiro House by Studio MK27
Second floor plan - click for larger image
Pinheiro House by Studio MK27
Cross section - click for larger image
  • scarecrowjack

    Love the movie – hilarious. Good to see some humour applied to architecture.

  • James Burt

    Love the video, the house is stunning.

  • djnn24

    Dream home.