A few days ago, Studio MK27 flexed its design chops with a modern house set in the middle of a forest. Casa Azul was a multi-level plan that offers spacious interiors and exceptional views of its surroundings. Another work from the firm – the Minas House – incorporates familiar elements but dials them in with a few lavish touches.
Although the site on which this residence stands also features verdant greenery, it promises even more spectacular views. Unlike Casa Azul which nestles in a jungle, the mountains of Minas Gerais in Brazil provide their own scenic backdrop. The plan stacks several volumes, which are then supported by concrete pillars.
These raise the ground floor of the Minas house up to 32 feet to keep it level given the sloping terrain. The tree trunks in the garden below provide excellent camouflage to make some overhanging sections appear. According to Studio MK24, “Hanging the house on stilts allows rainwater to drain off and the house to breathe.”
A bridge connects the structure to the road. The main entrance to the Minas House already teases guests about what to expect as they step down to a huge open floor plan. Here, an expansive shelf spans almost the entire length of the covered area.
This huge social space includes a living room with a hanging fireplace, a dining area, terraces and a swimming pool. Sliding panels allow fresh air to circulate freely around the Minas house. Studio MK27 uses bare concrete, basalt stone floors and wood to create a warm and inviting atmosphere. Take the stairs one level down to find a cellar and TV room.
Images courtesy of Studio MK27