T A K E U S H E R E N O W...
Sometimes there are no words when it comes to architecture. This award-winning house in Paraty, Brazil completed in 2009 by Studio MK27 has this exact effect to leave you absolutely speechless. 'Architectural paradise' is an understatement.
Paraty House is located in the region of the colonial city of Paraty and Angra dos Reis [between São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro] where 365 islands sit off the Bay of Ilha Grande, one for each day of the year, naturally.
The jaw-dropping house constitutes two boxes of reinforced concrete that rest fixed and connected on the dense rain forest mountainside of one of these islands. The volumes project outward from the mountain, almost level with the beach, in an eight-metre cantilever. The house holds a balance with the topography of the land, featuring an extensive open doorway and various living spaces to be at one with the practically untouched nature.
Accessed only by boat from the sea and after walking on a metal bridge over the crystal-blue swimming pool, you reach Paraty House. A staircase connects to the lower structure where the living space and kitchen area is located. The same staircase leads to the upper level which incorporates the bedrooms, all protected from the sun on the front by retractable eucalyptus panels. The entire upper part of the house is covered with terraces to offers incredible views of the surrounding landscape.
Not forgetting the all-important furniture collection of mid-century designed pieces, among others, by George Nakashima, Luis Barragan, Lina Bo Bardi, Sérgio Rodrigues, Joaquim Tenreiro and José Zanine Caldas.
Brazilian architect Marcio Kogan founded Studio MK27 in the 1980s, and today the firm has more than 14 architects as well as collaborators in various countries around the world. The firm has received more than 50 international and national awards over the years, including the Wallpaper* Design Award in 2010, LEAF Award in 2009 and a DEAD Award, in addition to the company being finalists for the WAF [World Architecture Festival] that same year. It's therefore of no surprise that Kogan and his team received all these awards for the construction and design of the Paraty House.
The house shows the characteristic features that have made Kogan and his studio a leading force in international architecture: the integration of exterior and interior spaces, formal simplicity, brutalist yet gentle structures, and a careful and refined application of interior design, focusing on the every detail and finish.
All photography © Studio MK27 and Nelson Kon
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