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London is a blaze of culture, history and tradition. Often at its best as it transcends design and architecture – think towering townhouses, minutiae mews homes and splendid stucco-fronted villas. Sometimes, however, the ornate and bright lights can be too much and a dose of escapism in order.


Embracing grand-scale expanses, contemporary design and spectacular natural elements, studio mk27 have grabbed our attention once again by form of the Jungle House, or Casa da Mata, in the Guarujá hinterlands in Brazil.


Completed by the Brazilian architecture firm and co-architect Samanta Cafardo and interior designer Diana Radomysler, Casa da Mata is positioned on a valley floor surrounded by lush vegetation and on the edge of a primitive Brazilian rainforest. Built elevated into the land’s sloping site, the house appears to almost project itself from the mountain.


From entrance, the property is undoubtedly beguiling to appear almost as if two floating stone structures, however, upon closer inspection is the timber-slatted exterior. With imposing bamboos and sprawling ferns greeting visitors, the magnitude of the property is only appreciated once physically within its proximity.

As any studio mk27 project, the project’s aim was to achieve an absolute connection between nature and architecture – from views of the ocean beyond to optimising spectacular rays of sunlight within the internal spaces, Casa da Mata is nothing short of magic. Embracing modernist architecture, the property’s materials and form take centre stage.


Encompassing three levels, the ground floor features a breathtaking timber deck to immediately ensconce inhabitants within its tropical confines, and a children’s play area.


Housing six bedrooms in total, the second level is devoted entirely to the property’s sleeping accommodation and an entertainment room. Echoing laidback Brazilian vibes, five of the rooms feature small verandas with hammocks, of course.


A true dichotomy of staggering proportions and volume of material against themes of minimalism steal the show.


Upstairs awaits the true heart of the home by form of the jawdropping reception space that opens out to both sides. There is also a contemporary kitchen and infinity swimming pool. With a devotion to modern art, the owners have ensured artworks by contemporary greats, including, Olafur Eliasson.


On each and every level of this home, the jungle surroundings are sensory. From being within grasp of the lush canopies on the roof to the ground floor where one can wander through its maze of interlocking trees, ferns and palms.


So, as we embrace our quaint London cobbled streets the magnificent composure of the Casa da Mata is really something quite different to ponder once in a while. Yes, houses like this really do exist…

studio mk27; studiomk27.com.br

Project: Casa da Mata / Jungle House
Location: Guarujá . sp . Brazil
Project: September 2009
Completion: September 2015
Site Area: 1,668sqm. Built Area: 805sqm

Architecture: studio mk27
Architect: Marcio Kogan
Co-Architect: Samanta Cafardo
Interiors: Diana Radomysler
Project Team: Carlos Costa, Eline Ostyn, Laura Guedes, Mariana Ruzante, Mariana Simas, Oswaldo Pessano, Fernanda Neiva

Structural Engineer: Leão Associados & João Rubens Leão
Landscape Designer: Isabel Duprat

Photographer: Fernando Guerra

Sian Davies