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Belle Magazine Australia|May 2019

Prize-winning Brazilian architect Marcio Kogan of Studio MK27is famed for his ability to dissolve the boundary between outside and in.

Karen Mccartney

MARCIO KOGAN, founder of Brazilian practice Studio MK27, is a lively and witty interviewee. I tell him that his work is wellknown by Australian architects and that his treatment of the indoor/ outdoor room, often positioned under an enormous cantilever, has gained some traction here. “I will send them a bill,” he quips.

One of his latest completed projects for longstanding client Micasa, an upmarket São Paulo furniture store, is a minimalist exhibition, event and living space for visiting artists. This spare building channels a certain Japanese restraint through the use of structural 15-metre laminated timber beams that combine with a skin of translucent polycarbonate to allow the building to glow like a lantern when lit at night. As with many of his projects he chooses to tell the story of the building’s structure and materiality through a movie of his own concept and direction. Toblerone House (2011) was revealed through the perspective of a roaming pampered ragdoll cat and for Micasa vol.C (which forms part of Micasa’s furniture store complex) the short film Oh Lovely Bee takes the viewpoint of a curious insect. Spoiler alert: Kogan, in a walkthrough role, crushes the tiny voyeur underfoot at the video’s close.

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