in são paulo, studio MK27 has completed a versatile pavilion that can serve as a retail space, an exhibition gallery, or even a temporary residence for invited artists.
The building, which is located at the heart of the brazilian city, measures 15 by 15 meters (49×49 feet) with a ceiling height of 7.5 meters (25 feet). to realize the project, photographed here by fernando guerra, the design team employed a timber structural system that resulted in a fast and efficient construction.
titled ‘vol.C’, the project forms part of micasa’s furniture store complex — a campus which also includes the brand’s original retail space, vol.A, and vol.B, the annex completed by studio MK27 in 2007. the building’s envelope is made of folded sheets in two different materials: translucent polycarbonate for the upper half and a white metal plate below. during the day, the shadows of the surrounding trees are projected onto the façade, subtly infiltrating the brightly lit interior.
led by marcio kogan and marcio tanaka, studio MK27 utilized a succession of glulam frames with steel rods used for bracing the structure. ‘a substructure supports the skin of the building and creates a gap between the plane of the façade and the pillars,’ explain the architects. ‘this distance reinforces the reading of the rhythm and of the simple fittings of the wooden elements.’ see more work by studio MK27 on designboom here.