It doesn't take long to find an explanation for the name of this residence. 'Ramp House' was in fact built entirely around the idea of a 25-metre long ramp that connects the two central floors of the house. The client's art collection and, of course, Marcio Kogan's style based on traditional Brazilian architecture also played an important role.
The residence in São Paulo is all about the concept of 'connections': the connection between interior and architecture, the connection between inside and outside, the connection between the two central levels of the home and the connection between art and everyday life, between past and present.
To begin with, the integration of their art collection was an important requirement of the owners for the design of Ramp House. As a result, decoration and interior design had a major impact on architecture. An example of this is the display of African masks in the living room. Interior designer Diana Radomysler worked closely with architects Marcio Kogan and Renata Furlanetto of Studio MK27 to create a beautiful whole. The furniture is also a mix of old and new pieces of both Brazilian (Joaquim Tenreiro, Sergio Rodrigues) and international designers (Vladimir Kagan, George Nakashima) and fits well with the general style and colour palette of the house. There is a perfect balance between colonial and modern elements.
The integration of the art collection was an important requirement.
The colour palette, but also the materials and the use of ceiling-high windows and large sliding doors provide a connection between interior and exterior. The residence is located in a green environment and has a four-metre wide veranda on the ground floor that runs along the entire length of the building. The first floor provides a roof over the veranda. The facade of this volume folds backwards merging with the ceiling of the veranda and even goes through the building where on the other side it folds upwards and becomes the exterior wall. In this way everything is connected to each other.
What also connects the ground floor with the first floor is the ramp of 25.5 meters long. This takes over the function of a central staircase and creates a more flowing transition from the spacious living and dining room – Marcio Kogan's trademark of which he makes almost a work of art in every design – to the first floor with the bedrooms and office spaces. There is also a basement with garages and a second floor, each of which can be reached by an ordinary staircase.
A fine piece of architecture, which moreover had to answer a very specific question, but in which Marcio Kogan succeeded with his Studio MK27: the owners wanted an environment that felt homely, but could later still serve as an art foundation or museum. With Ramp House, the architects managed to bring art and everyday life, past and present, together under one roof.