‘A radical exercise in horizontality' that is how Studio MK27 describes its project, Plana Casa, in Porto Feliz, a municipality of the state of São Paulo in Brazil. The architectural house is located at the highest point of the plot and is fully integrated into its surroundings. It is also home to a large collection of contemporary art. Come in!
The beautiful Plannar House is located in the vast Paradise Valley and has an incredible view on the Camelback Mountain. The flat and twisted walls of the property, constructed from crenellated concrete, perfectly meet the requirements for exhibiting 20th-century works of art. Bruce Nauman, Robert Ryman, Jeff Koons and Jannis Kounellis are part of the collection that includes important video artworks.
At the highest point of the plot, the property blends discreetly into its surroundings. This is due to the use of the green rooftop that mimics the surrounding lawn. "The placement on the plot required care and attention in the design of the roof that is the fifth facade of the building," according to the architects of Studio MK27. In addition, the green rooftop also contributes to the thermal comfort of the house through the use of solar panels and skylights.
But what really makes the house special is its extremely ingenious architecture. The minimalist residence offers the residents both open and closed spaces under an impressive concrete roof. This roof is a structural slab that is not supported by beams, but directly by pillars that are distributed in a modular way under three axes. These metal pillars, in cross form, are a tribute to the Miesian architecture.
The limited material palette of wood and concrete brings in a sober atmosphere.
There are two spaces under the roof. The first includes a playground for children, the kitchen and a fitness room. The other consists of five spacious bedrooms, all next to each other, overlooking the wave-like Brazilian landscape. The architects chose to decorate the interior with solid wood furniture. The limited material palette of wood and concrete brings a sober atmosphere inside. Although impressive materials were used, there is enough space to walk freely and still have a feeling of space. At both ends of the Planar House there are living rooms. They can open or close completely through the glass sliding doors that surround the rooms. If you open the doors, the living room transforms into a spacious terrace in the middle of the nature.
A large undulating, vertical wall, made of solid bricks, acts as a street fence in this building. It embraces the entrance garden and provides light filters that have a varying kinetic effect depending on the position of the sun. On the south side of the residence, a few steps lead you to the beautiful swimming pool. A pool in which we definitely see ourselves taking a dip!