Hanging Lawn

In Porto Feliz, a Municipality in the state of Sao Paolo, the brilliant Brazilian Studio MK27 has completed a dwelling that the practice describes a “radical exercice in horizontality”.

The residence is inserted at the plot’s highest point and topped with a green roof that mimics the surrounding lawn.

I may be repeating myself but Studio MK27 and more specifically Marcio Kogan,  is by far my favourite architect today. We see with each project he and his team produce, elegance, originality and wonderful examples of interaction between indoors and outdoors, between nature and man-made constructions.

With this particular house, living rooms can be completely opened or closed by sliding glass doors located at each end of the property. With the doors opened,  the house is transformed into a generously proportioned terrace surrounded by nature.

The architects carefully integrated solar panels and skylights withing the canopy on the green roof mimicking the surrounding lawn.

A new version of the hanging garden of Babylon – simply divine !

Source : designboom






Pasionaria – Joana Uchôa

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An old used up shirt covered in stains belonging to her father was the spark that lit the fire to Joana Uchôa’s creativity. She went out to buy fabric paint and reveled at customizing the shirt by covering the stains.

Since that moment, joana has spent time browsing through thrift shops searching for the pieces of clothing that inspire her to develop her customized styling and hand patterns.

Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, 21 year old Joana Uchôa is an artist in every sense of the word. after exploring different mediums such as drawing, painting, embroidery, sculpture & design, joana focuses her attention to fabric painting and the values of « slow fashion ». She believes in quality & longevity and the principles of  fair wages, lower carbon footprints and ideally zero waste.

When we asked Joana what made her create clothes with the hand pattern, her inspiration was very clear.

” I chose the hand as my main symbol because it portrays several things to me :  Firstly, the hand pattern represents the hands of the exploited sweat shop workers (mainly women) who despite their work are invisible to the eyes of society. I think of these workers who with blood, sweat and tears, produce clothing in terrible working conditions. By customizing an dress or shirt with the hand pattern, it is my way of honoring the work of these workers. I transform the piece into something desirable again and give the clothes a new lease of life.  Therefore the hands represent the power of transformation.

We also wanted to know her feelings about living in one of the world’s most vibrant cities and how rio influences her work.

“i believe that my city, rio de janeiro, influences me a lot in my work. not only on the collection i am presently working on which is focused on slow fashion, but on all my creations so far. rio excites me. it is an extremely beautiful place, a city full of life, with an energy that i haven’t seen anywhere else. it’s a city filled with artists. the streets are crowded with people and small bars and tables.  on the sidewalks, crammed with people and the proximity, the physical proximity it creates, allows people to talk to each other easily.  people from all walks of life mingle. this favors exchanges and people who barely know each other chat, communicate and exchange ideas throughout the night. Rio is a place where you wake up in the morning to a beautiful sunny sky, where you head to the beach for a few hours & meet up with people.

Even when you work or go to college, rio is surrounded by beautiful mountains and lush vegetation, the sun shines and the interaction with people is constant. I’m in love with this place ! ”

We were curious to find out what the meaning of Joana Uchôa’s brand name #ousejabrecho : “the hashtag #ousejabrecho means thrift stores.” She explains.  “Its a little joke that I created because I am always talking about how investing in these types of stores would be much more ethical, ecological conscious compared to financing stores that rely on the fast fashion model of consumption and production. On my instagram and youtube channel I’m always talking about these matters ! This is what I fight for!  My focus is slow fashion + feminism where you  promote by investing on thrift.”

How can one not be inspired by the passion, the energy & the charisma of this hand loving designer with a cause.


Elle Brazil’s take on Art

Elle Brazil is paying tribute to art history in five covers for its special December 2017 issue. The Magazine has drawn inspiration from Botticelli’s Birth of Venus, Munch’s The Scream, Klimt’s The Kiss, Vinci’s Mona Lisa & Hockney’s Joiners to re-enact the 5 well known works using Brazilian celebrities. Source : designtaxi







Another gem by MK27, Sao Paolo

In the Brazilian city of São Paulo, Studio MK27 has completed the design of ‘Ramp House’, a residential dwelling connected — as the name suggests — by a 25 meter incline. A sloping walkway links the living room at ground level with the bedrooms on the story above. This gradient also forms what the design team refers to as an ‘architectural promenade’ and allows the adjacent space to be observed from a number of different perspectives. SOURCE : Designboom


Piselli, Sao Paolo


Piselli, the new garden restaurant in Sao Paulo
by Christel Caulet // Food
Piselli, the new garden restaurant in Sao Paulo. Here is the latest architectural creation by Parisian Eric Carlson and his office CARBONDALE in Paris & Sao Paulo : the high-end culinary establishment, Piselli. This new restaurant is situated in the heart of one of Sao Paulo’s most renowned interior public spaces, the central plaza within the Iguatemi Faria Lima building. The 3,000 square meter 4-story high Main Plaza was itself also recently transformed by CARBONDALE into a luxurious volume lined in travertine stone, naturally illuminated by a structurally avant-garde sculptural skylight, and punctuated by a lush pixelized stepping central garden.

Grupo Galpao by Mach Architects – Belo Horizonte Brazil



The building holds the new headquarters of Grupo Galpão, one of the most important companies on the Brazilian theatrical scene, and also the Galpão Cine Horto cultural center, which focuses on research, training and stimulating theatrical creation. The solution of the green facades comes from a successful experiment already performed in Mach Architect’s office which served to filter the sun into the work areas. The theater is the core of the building, surrounded by transparent and ventilated spaces covered by the skin of bamboo trees.

A timber clad box in Sao Paolo by my favorite architect of all times Marcio Kogan & his team






This two-storey residential property in São Paulo features a permeable ground floor that can be presented in a variety of configurations using movable panels. Designed by Marcio Kogan‘s architectural practice studio MK27, ‘tetris house’ is contained within a wooden box that shelters the washroom, the stairs, and a large dining room that opens towards the ample  garden at the rear of the plot. source : design boom

Residencial Capela Joá, Brazil by Bernardes Arquitetura

As though suspended from the trees of the affluent Joá neighbourhood of Rio de Janeiro, the chapel’s rectangular glass structure emanates a mystical orange glow. Actually built on stilts, the vertical wooden louvered structure fitted over the glass lets in just enough sunlight, as well as a sliced view onto the luxuriant tropical surroundings, while keeping the interiors cool. The 43m2 structure converges at the altar, its narrowest point, backed by a glass wall looking out onto the ocean, reinforcing its celestial ambiance.
Read more at http://www.wallpaper.com/gallery/architecture/cutting-edge-religious-architecture-around-the-world/17056591#114075#gvPw1BgRB5jJBPwh.99


Conti Beer : Pin up Drink up – Brazil

Brazilian agency WMcCann has designed a creative series of beer can packaging for beer company Conti Bier.

The cans are features a cheeky indicator that allows customers to know when their beer is perfectly chilled.

Featuring an image of a sexy pin-up girl in a white tube dress, the dress gradually fades to reveal her underwear, when it reaches the right temperature. source : designtaxi





New Spectacular Residence by the very talented Marcio Kogan, Sao Paolo

Brazilian Marcio Kogan of Studio MK27 presents one of his newest residences located in the countryside on the outskirts of Sao Paulo, the ‘redux house’. Two thin parallel concrete planes stretch over a gently curving topography acting as floor and roof, floating slightly above the terrain. The large rectangular footprint provides a 360-degree experience within and around the home, with a large concrete mass perpendicularly projecting out into the site containing the pool. Wthin the framing elements indoor and outdoor space are separated only by a transparent operable glass membrane that slides to connect the two states. via designboom






Sao Paolo Apartment by Felipe Hess

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The Brazilian architecture firm of Felipe Hess has designed this bright and spacious apartment located in a 1960’s modernist building in São Paulo for its owner, a young actor who lives alone. With the brief calling for a spacious, open and clean-cut space, the designers decided to tear down almost every wall and unify all social areas. One of its unique features is a 10-meter-long table that runs along one side of the loft-like space, serving different purposes at different points (functioning as a cooking table and office desk with inlaid power plugs and dining table). The apartment’s private areas, comprising a master bedroom with bathroom and closet and a small toilet for visitors, are separated by a large white wall. Reflecting the owner’s occupation, a special area has been created opposite the kitchen for rehearsing plays, simply furnished with a few chairs and amply lit with natural light. via Yatzer

A tribute to Oscar Niemeyer at the United Nations, NYC

Oscar Niemeyer is at the centre of another tribute, this time for his work on the United Nations headquarters in New York City. Organised by the Mission of Brazil to the UN Niemeyer’s drawings took centre stage during a ceremony last week at the Secretariat Building that he helped design. The drawings are part of the original archives of Fundação Oscar Niemeyer and currently nominated to be included in the international registry of UNESCO’s MOW (Memory of the World) cultural preservation program.

Read more at http://www.wallpaper.com/architecture/a-tribute-to-oscar-niemeyer-at-the-united-nations-new-york/6475#dTrMuGkfgxjyBPTy.99


Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer (sixth from left) served on the Board of Design for the United Nations’ HQ in New York in the 1940s, along with nine other international architects, including Le Corbusier (second from left). Courtesy of the United Nations Archives.