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Vista House by Studio MK27 frames its bucolic context 'like a wide-angle camera'

Designed as a 'house within a house,' Casa Vista rests atop a 46m tall cliff in the seaside town of Trancoso in Brazil, made conspicuous with its theatrical horizontality.

by Jincy IypePublished on : Mar 02, 2023

What comes to mind when you think of a house on a cliff, bookended by the sea and stretching cloaks of grassland? Does its natural context integrate itself into the edifice, upstage it, or recede into the background?

Built over six years, the Vista House designed by Studio MK27 stretches idyllically, on a site sculpted by the lagging and constant action of Bahia’s resplendent waters in Brazil. Set against Trancoso’s sea scarps, and alluring beaches of vivid colours and beauty, Casa Vista is undeviating, continuous, and gestural, resting atop a 46 m high cliff, with all its living areas spread leisurely under one dramatic roof.

  • Casa Vista is located in the seaside town of Trancoso in Brazil | Vista House by Studio MK27 | STIRworld
    Casa Vista is located in the seaside town of Trancoso in Brazil Image: Fernando Guerra
  • The Vista House impressively stretches 60 m in one direction | Vista House by Studio MK27 | STIRworld
    The Vista House impressively stretches 60 m in one direction Image: Fernando Guerra
  • Aerial view of the residence | Vista House by Studio MK27 | STIRworld
    Aerial view of the residence Image: Fernando Guerra

"From a bird's perspective, the elongated volume aims to frame the landscape like a wide-angle camera," shares architect and filmmaker Marcio Kogan, the founder of Sao Paulo-based Studio MK27, who has a knack for conceiving buildings defined by their dynamic aura and a strict relationship with the natural landscape, in chorus with airy interiors that seem monastic and luxurious at the same time, and cradled inside vast stretching horizontal volumes.  

Vista House stretches on a site sculpted by the lagging and constant action of Bahia’s resplendent waters in Brazil | Vista House by Studio MK27 | STIRworld
Vista House stretches on a site sculpted by the lagging and constant action of Bahia’s resplendent waters in Brazil Image: Fernando Guerra
The Vista House gains distinction with its continuous, horizontal proportion | Vista House by Studio MK27 | STIRworld
The Vista House gains distinction with its continuous, horizontal proportion Image: Fernando Guerra

Apart from its conspicuous, window-less monolith form, the residential architecture gains distinction with its dynamic horizontal proportions, delineated by the extrusion of a cottage elemental section, and articulated through its generous, sixty m long being stretching unhurried in one direction. The seemingly simple, single-level structure boasts an impressive span of 45 m, rooted by closed volumes in its edges and containing the master suite and the kitchen. The rest of the dwelling was conceived as an indoor-outdoor living mass, in perpetual dialogue with its surroundings.

  • Studio MK27 conceived Casa Vista as a ‘house within a house’ | Vista House by Studio MK27 | STIRworld
    Studio MK27 conceived Casa Vista as a ‘house within a house’ Image: Fernando Guerra
  • The ends of the elongated dwelling envelope | Vista House by Studio MK27 | STIRworld
    The ends of the elongated dwelling envelope Image: Fernando Guerra

Built for the vistas and from them, the Vista House opens itself to the vibrant colours of its context, through its immense wide-screen span “overlooking the infinite blues,” the Brazilian architect says. Bookended by tropical biriba plantations, the 'audacity of the metallic structure' is what enables the contextual design's 45-meter-long void, balanced by the tactility and textural qualities of the organic materials that adorn it.

  • The dwelling is built for the views and from them | Vista House by Studio MK27 | STIRworld
    The dwelling is built for the vistas and from them Image: Fernando Guerra
  • View of the open kitchen that is placed at the end of the house | Vista House by Studio MK27 | STIRworld
    View of the open kitchen that is placed at the end of the house Image: Fernando Guerra

A soft brown, gestural line on the landscape

The holiday home commences with a glimpse of its dramatically elongated, shingled gable roof rendered in pebble grey, and overseeing its bucolic context, its contemporary architecture spelt through sun-lit interiors with effortless, earthy, and sensorial elegance.

The Vista House features sun-lit interiors and leafy gardens | Vista House by Studio MK27 | STIRworld
The Vista House features sun-lit interiors and leafy gardens Image: Fernando Guerra

Accessed through a gently winding flagstone path surrounded by a soft landscaped garden, the villa’s architecture then comes into focus with a creamy, textured facade design, wrapped in slender slats of ashy eucalyptus, seemingly growing over the building’s skin as 'petrified roots,' and reminiscent of traditional materials of northeastern Brazil made from the spindly branches of the biriba tree. In contrast, the low-slung roof, which plays on the typical shape of a fishing cottage with a triangular top, is articulated in recycled wood, accompanied by tiles that were handcrafted one by one.

  • The textured façade is wrapped in slender slats of ashy eucalyptus | Vista House by Studio MK27 | STIRworld
    The textured façade is wrapped in slender slats of ashy eucalyptus Image: Fernando Guerra
  • The house sets dialogue with gardens on its either sides | Vista House by Studio MK27 | STIRworld
    The house sets dialogue with gardens on its either sides Image: Fernando Guerra

Crafted through a unique alchemy of proportion, the movement of natural light and its play with the artificial, and a bucolic context of a tranquil seaside town, the Brazilian architecture enjoys an expansive, open-air verandah infusing its significant span, setting dialogue with gardens on either side and surrounding a white lower box. As 'a house within a house,' this waterfront volume hosts three bedrooms, a small den, a bathroom and a living room enveloped in perforated 'Viroc' panels (a special, dense wood-and-cement composite according to Studio MK27). By employing Viroc along with the spindly eucalyptus sections, the villa design gains interesting patterns of light and shadow throughout, while its heroic, overhanging roof guarantees that its inhabitants stay protected from any weather conditions.

  • Inside the expansive living area of the Vista House | Vista House by Studio MK27 | STIRworld
    Inside the expansive living area of the Vista House Image: Fernando Guerra
  • The master bedroom | Vista House by Studio MK27 | STIRworld
    The master bedroom Image: Fernando Guerra

"Independent of the main structure, this inner house can open itself completely as the Viroc panels work as folding screens,” explains Kogan, who conceived the visually serene holiday home with his MK27 colleagues, Samanta Cafardo (co-architect), Diana Radomysler (interior design) and Isabel Duprat (landscape architect).

The soaring overhanging roof ensures the inhabitants remain protected from all kinds of weather conditions | Vista House by Studio MK27 | STIRworld
The soaring overhanging roof ensures the inhabitants remain protected from all kinds of weather conditions Image: Fernando Guerra
The interior design features a pale, somber material and colour palette | Vista House by Studio MK27 | STIRworld
The interior design features a pale, somber material and colour palette Image: Fernando Guerra

Restrained yet vividly cinematic, like most of Kogan’s oeuvre, this ‘untied’ four-bedroom residential design is brought alive through a pale, sombre material and colour palette that favours its interaction with sunlight as well as the hues and textures surrounding it. The employed décor, furniture and furnishing enjoy being bleached by the sun, and elevated by their compositional dexterity. Concealed concrete columns support the quixotic span of the Vista House, which otherwise seems column-free at first glance.

The Vista House gains interesting patterns of light and shadow throughout its design | Vista House by Studio MK27 | STIRworld
The Vista House gains interesting patterns of light and shadow throughout its design Image: Fernando Guerra

The outside views swoop inside the interior design by means of soulful textures that refract and reflect light, "creating a dance of light and shadows on each surface, especially through the biriba slats and the Viroc perforated walls,” he continues. The unadorned interiors thus put at focus, material textures and surfaces that come alive as they interact with the sun’s daily path, and the surrounding hues of nature, fashioning the contextual architecture’s muted drama.

Details of the subtle interior design | Vista House by Studio MK27 | STIRworld
Details of the subtle interior design Image: Fernando Guerra

Framed tranquil by the grass, the sun and the sky, the Vista House with its surrounding landscape animating its pronounced linearity, is a study in balance, of embracing munificent nature while gently contrasting it with its modern sensibility. Inside, the inclusion of local materials and subdued pieces of furniture are arranged in a tender chorus with engineered furnishings, where monastic textures meet an extroverted, bold volume. "Nature's strong colours are filtered and framed by a muted palette. Closed volumes open themselves to open-air terraces and hallways. Precise boundaries are, ultimately, diluted by this permeable living,” concludes Studio MK27.

The Vista House is framed by the grass, the sun, and the sky | Vista House by Studio MK27 | STIRworld
The Vista House is framed by the grass, the sun, and the sky Image: Fernando Guerra

Project Details

Name: Vista House (Trancoso House)
Location: Trancoso, Bahia, Brazil
Area: 10,573 sqm (site area); 843 sqm (built area)
Architect and Interior Designer: Studio MK27
Design team: Marcio Kogan (founder, lead architect); Samanta Cafardo (co-architect, project manager); Diana Radomysler (ID manager, Interior Design); Pedro Ribeiro (co-interior design); Beatriz Meyer, Carlos Costa, Giovanni Meirelles, Mariana Simas, Oswaldo Pessano
Contractor: Kross Engenharia
Structural Engineer: Inner Engenharia E Gerenciamento
Construction Manager: Sc Consult/ Eng. Sérgio Costa
Landscape Designer: Isabel Duprat Arquitetura Paisagística

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