São Paulo Breeze
Thursday, August 23rd, 2012
By Justin Ray and John Dugan
Urban architecture is often about maximizing space—for which the clean and boxy look does wonders. But in São Paulo, Brazil the humble V4 House reflects different values. The house differs from other homes in the neighborhood because it is only one floor. Despite the fact that laws and landscape allowed for a bigger project with more square footage, Brazilian architects Studio mk27—Marcio Kogan + Renata Furlanetto—opted for a design that meets graciously with the urban dwelling's green surroundings.
At the front of the house, the living room is positioned underneath a slight beam of exposed concrete. Two rows of retractable door frames allow connection between the front garden and the back patio, an alcove that provides shade or shelter from rain for visitors. Outside there is a floating staircase leading to an entertainment space on the roof of the dwelling.
What makes V4 house so inviting is its subtle expression. From the street, the structure is barely visible. The timber panels, minimalist furniture (via Diana Radomysler of mk27) and lack of walls in the interior converse with the lush outside environment. Although privacy isn’t a strong point for the V4, the lack of barriers is made up for in freedom of movement. The seamlessness of the design has not gone unnoticed in the architectural world; 4 house' was shortlisted in the 'housing' category of the 2012 World Architecture Festival.