28 September 2018
Geometry. Essential. Elegant. Gracious. Modern. All words that could be used to define Marcio Kogan’s architecture (and his vision).
Born in Brazil in 1952, Kogan set up his operational base, Studio mk27, in Sao Paulo, although he works all over the world. An obsessive perfectionist, his work is experimental and innovative while referencing the great designers of his country’s glorious past. He frequently cites Oscar Niemeyer, the undisputed master of Brazilian Modernism, and his style also pays homage to another famous compatriot, the Italian-born architect Lina Bo Bardi. Studio mk27’s designs, renowned for their pure volumes and their simplicity and attention to detail and finishes, take on the difficult task of rethinking and giving continuity to Brazilian architectural tradition.
Violence doesn’t figure in Marcio Kogan’s work, or in that of his studio – 30 architects with a passion for South American modernism. There’s no gravity in their domestic spaces. Their projects are a synthesis of boundless optimism, compositional serenity and balances achieved. They are happy homes, from which intellectualism of any kind is banned. The architecture opens empathetically out towards the inhabitants, with order and harmony the main design principles.
All this is told for the first time by Filippo Bricolo in his book The Joyful House. Investigation on Marcio Kogan Studio mk27. The book is divided into seven chapters that investigate the complex world of relationships hidden behind the apparent simplicity of Kogan’s Joyful House and explores some of the fundamental elements of the many homes that have brought the studio international renown. Each chapter comes with ample body of original drawings (by Filippo Bricolo himself) and a large number of photographs that portray the striking spatiality of the houses designed by Studio mk27.