Panama House, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Brazilian architect Marcio Kogan designed for art. Located in São Paulo, the house makes a powerful but subdued statement in its low, open, elongated elegance. All levels of the three-storey house — including the bedrooms, office, gardens and patio. But this is not just another ordinary house you can see everywhere. The house is a bit special because its owner also intended to use it as an open exhibition for his collection of modern art pieces. That is why Marcio Kogan had more to do than simply design a building meant for living. It had to be appropriate for the owner’s intention to show his exhibits. Any way, the designer did a very good job and you can see a very modern and some times futuristic residence which has some appropriate places where you can admire sculptures or paintings that do not hide nor stand out too much.

All the sculptures are very well p-laced to be valued – for example in very large hallways where there is a lot of light thanks to the huge windows. The pool reflects the stones in the wall and this way you realize that the house is made of modern materials like concrete and plastic, which is combined in a very fortunate way with wood and stone – which are specific tot he traditional Brazilian buildings. The house has all the rooms you might need spread on the three floors, including a gym and a pool and a garage, but it also has exhibit and living areas.

Published by in Architecture, on August 7th, 2009


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