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February 4th, 2013 – If you let it, life can lead you down a spiraling path of joys and surprises. Thirty years ago Marcio Kogan, founder of the celebrated Brazilian architecture firm Studio MK27, was working his way up as a film director. A young Kogan decided to set down the camera and tell his story through a different medium – architecture. His change of heart led him to create a cluster of remarkable structures deep in the tropics, most recently, the MM House.
Bragança Paulista is a small municipality in São Paulo. Today, Bragança has become a commuter town due to its close proximity to São Paulo and Campinas. As a result, real estate is developing at a fast pace making room for a new batch of creative residences. The MM House is an elongated farmhouse-esque structure constructed of wood and concrete, with a living roof full of green plants. The home was designed with a linear layout and is consumed by a staggering 9 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, 3 living rooms, 2 kitchens, and a wood terrace that intersects the home and trails an infinity pool. Concrete covers the short sides of the house, while the long sides are surfaced with a screen of retractable slender wooden slats. The slats wrap the entire envelope along the exterior glass wall to soften direct sunlight, with the ability to open entirely to the outside.
The interior of the house are reminiscent of Kogan’s signature style – wood ceilings, white walls, cool lounging areas filled with unique and eclectic furniture pieces. In one living room, an entire wall of books with a built in concrete fireplace becomes the backdrop to a warm and relaxing seating area. The central living room and main kitchen is open to the terrace and the pool, a place where eating, sitting, and playing all come together – the ideal layout for entertaining a large amount of people.
Summer seems to be slipping through our fingers, but that does not mean we have to stop daydreaming about relaxing in the sunny breeze at a perfect beach villa overlooking an endless sea. Villa Mayavee in Phuket, fits that description to a tee! Tierra Design Studio is the talented team responsible for this stunning modern abode which rests on a dramatic tropical hillside.
Tierra designed the home to sit above it’s pool; entry requires visitors to walk down a stone hallway which is surrounded by water and up a glass encased spiral staircase!! The water continues onward to create several infinity pools which layer down the hill and eventually to a secluded private patio overlooking the ocean.
Materials were chosen to reflect the natural Phuket surroundings. The villa is finished with honed grey stone and wooden slats which rest both vertically and horizontally creating patterns throughout the structure.
Large glass windows with over sized sliding doors are incorporated within the space to allow the villa’s visitors to take full advantage of the surreal views!
(Photography Credits: Chonnasit Sundaranu)