A Modernist’s Country Home, created by architects Márcio Kogan and Lair Reis of studio mk27, was designed specifically for Fazenda Catuçaba.
The house establishes strong relationships with the local climate which includes winds, rain and sun in abundance most of the year. The presence of these natural elements is what allows the house to be self-sustainable, to generate its own energy and thus to be autonomous. This autonomy, combined with designs that promote the intelligent use of resources, is the backbone of the project.
The integration of the house in its natural setting, the comfort and the simplicity of the living spaces, and the abundance of natural beauty all come together to create an integrated living experience that is truly inspiring.
The Modernist’s Country Home received an honorable mention in the category of Residential Projects at the World Architecture Festival in 2013, in Singapore.
Studio mk27, located in the chaotic city of São Paulo, was founded in the early 80s by architect Marcio Kogan, and today consists of 28 architects as well as several collaborators worldwide. The team of architects, great admirers of the Brazilian modernist generation, seeks to fulfill the difficult task of rethinking and giving continuity to this iconic architectural movement. The projects of studio mk27 are valued for their formal simplicity, always working with special attention to detail and finishing.
Kogan is an honorary member of AIA (American Institute of Architects), professor at Escola da Cidade, and was considered by Época magazine one of the 100 most influential people in Brazil, and is part of the list “The Wallpaper* 150 Famous for 15 Years”. He leads a team of architects, who at large, have been working with him for over a decade. Since 2001, when he started a co-creation and cooperative work system at the office, studio mk27 has won over 200 national and international awards, such as: IAB (Institute of BrazilianArchitects), São Paulo Architecture Biennale, WAF, Architectural Review, Dedalo Minosse, Record House, LEAF, D&AD, Spark, Barbara Cappochin, Iconic, AZ and Wallpaper Design Award.
The team at studio mk27 has spoken at the Royal Academy of Arts, AIA, Société Française Des Architectes, Clubovka, FAU-USP e Mack universities, FAAP, Polytechnic of Milan and Valencia, SouthFlorida, Rice, Texas, among others. In 2012 studio mk27 represented Brazil at the Venice Biennale which meant some extra kilos for the group of 10 architects who went for a gondola ride.
Two adobe walls, made from the sites earth, define the area of construction. They direct the visitor to the entrance of the house, which is accessed via a side terrace, while simultaneously linking the house to the natural landscape.
In front of the terrace is the long deck - a partially covered platform with a north-facing view of the vast and beautiful landscape.
Between of the adobe walls lies the structure site-specifically designed as The Modernist’s Country Home, which is made of laminated, glued, FSC certified wood, all pre-fabricated.
This means that construction in this rugged landscape is reduced to assembly-work only.
The pillars and the beams that extend from the side terrace through the glass-enclosed areas are of solid wood which create the structure for the rooms and the bathrooms.
At the edge of the dining room, recessed in one of the glass-enclosed spaces, is a compact kitchen, and at the other end of the house, where the hallway ends, there is a small office next to the master suite.
The floors of the outdoor areas of the house - the covered terrace and side deck - are made of solid wood, while the floors of the rooms, bathrooms and bedrooms indoors are made from ceramic bricks.
Window frames host double-glazed panes of glass, which answer both the needs for temperature control and energy efficiency as determined by a team of professionals responsible for the design of these features.
The walls of the bedrooms and bathrooms are wooden frames equipped with thermal acoustic insulation made from fibers of PET recycled plastic bottles, a recycled material that is produced domestically.
The North façade, which catches the most sunlight, has sliding panels of thin eucalyptus that act as filters for light and heat. The individual rooms are heated by traditional firewood stoves, as they were in traditional country homes, with additional stoves on the covered terrace and in the main kitchen.
The Modernist’s Country Home is considered a reference house in Brazil by the Green Building Council (GBC). It is a pilot project for the first system of certification in Brazil for residential buildings developed using the LEED standards (American Green-Building standards used worldwide).
In order to be in accordance with the requirements of the GBC, all of the materials used in the construction of the house are sustainable. For Example:
The wood is brought from the Amazon, by a company called Amata that specializes in managing logging projects with the lowest possible amount of impact on the natural environment.
The house produces its own energy using solar and photovoltaic panels, which are installed on roof, as well as from a small wind turbine, which all generate electricity and store it in the batteries kept underneath the house.