Studio MK27 design new addition for São Paulo boutique
The store Micasa Volume B is an annex of a previously-existing store completed in may 2007. The building has, nevertheless, acquired a strong symbolic presence. A small tunnel connects the entrance to the Micasa annex with the showroom of the initial store, and is installed perpendicularly in relation to the new space. A patio located at the end of the lot gives access to the store and the design studio. The annex interior ground plan is a large span, conceived to configure an ample and dynamic area to house the VITRA showroom, which Micasa sells.
The store was built using rustic material and executions. Rustic and modern. Micasa Volume B recalls the artisan processes of popular civil construction, and, above all, the modern Brazilian buildings attentive to the local knowledge. The facades used exposed reinforced concrete: the outward appearance of the material, generally done very precisely with new lumber, is used here randomly, chaotically, and some wood was not even removed after curing. The brises-soleil in the offices are made of a net of reinforcing bars used for the concrete. This delicate steel lace, placed vertically, functions as light filters in the large windows. The external pebbles are made from the crushed rock used to produce concrete.
The memory of the construction remained, in an exposed archeology of the building: the “x’s” of the tape on the new windows and, on the inner walls, the workers’ notes on the project. The finalised building, beginning with the use of these materials, delicately displays the constructive phases; they are x-rays of the entire project and the work site, marks of the building’s recent history that, with the passing of time, have been added on to the always-new cities of the southern hemisphere.