GAMA ISSA

The Gama Issa House summarizes a phase of Marcio Kogan’s work that favored (1) white surfaces, (2) formal compositions starting from the intersection of volumes and (3) internal spaces with varied ceiling heights, creating diverse architectural sensations for each space. These experiences began approximately 10 years earlier in Goldfarb House (1986-1988) and continued up until the conclusion of Gama Issa House.
Articulated by a living room with a ceiling height of 5.4 meters, the social space opens out to the garden via a sliding glass door that covers a span of 17 meters. The bookcase serves as cladding for the longitudinal wall of the living room and configures, also, a visual interruption for two symmetric staircases.
Simultaneous to this project, Kogan’s office was reorganized with the addition to the team of five architects – Diana Radomysler, Bruno Gomes, Renata Furlanetto, Samanta Cafardo and Suzana Glogowski – and the practice name becomes studio mk27. Thus, Gama Issa House is a kind of initial milestone for the office as it has been structured during the following decades.
This was the first of Kogan’s projects to get international acclaim after nomination for the World Architecture Award (WAA) in Berlin, in 2002. The house was retrofitted in 2015 when the finishing, decoration and window frames were changed, and a new lateral volume (a workshop) perpendicular to the pool was added.
The decor of the 2000’s version included furnitures of modern designers such as Eero Saarinen and resulted in a futuristic minimalist atmosphere that brought back the space race nostalgia of the 60’s and 70’s. In 2015, pieces by designers such as Piero Lissoni, Patricia Urquiola and Jader Almeida were added to the space.
Gabriel Kogan and Mariana Simas

GAMA ISSA

location > são paulo . sp . brazil
project > january . 2012
completion > may . 2016
site area > 2.100 sqm
original area > 827 sqm
built area > 387 sqm
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architect > marcio kogan
co-architect > lair reis
interiors > phase 1: diana radomysler / phase 2: claudia issa
architecture team > anna helena villela . beatriz meyer . luciana antunes . oswaldo pessano
communication team > carlos costa . laura guedes . mariana simas
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steel structure > eduardo duprat
contractor > phase 1: rogério perez / phase 2: sc consult
photographer > fernando guerra

The Gama Issa House summarizes a phase of Marcio Kogan’s work that favored (1) white surfaces, (2) formal compositions starting from the intersection of volumes and (3) internal spaces with varied ceiling heights, creating diverse architectural sensations for each space. These experiences began approximately 10 years earlier in Goldfarb House (1986-1988) and continued up until the conclusion of Gama Issa House.
Articulated by a living room with a ceiling height of 5.4 meters, the social space opens out to the garden via a sliding glass door that covers a span of 17 meters. The bookcase serves as cladding for the longitudinal wall of the living room and configures, also, a visual interruption for two symmetric staircases.
Simultaneous to this project, Kogan’s office was reorganized with the addition to the team of five architects – Diana Radomysler, Bruno Gomes, Renata Furlanetto, Samanta Cafardo and Suzana Glogowski – and the practice name becomes studio mk27. Thus, Gama Issa House is a kind of initial milestone for the office as it has been structured during the following decades.
This was the first of Kogan’s projects to get international acclaim after nomination for the World Architecture Award (WAA) in Berlin, in 2002. The house was retrofitted in 2015 when the finishing, decoration and window frames were changed, and a new lateral volume (a workshop) perpendicular to the pool was added.
The decor of the 2000’s version included furnitures of modern designers such as Eero Saarinen and resulted in a futuristic minimalist atmosphere that brought back the space race nostalgia of the 60’s and 70’s. In 2015, pieces by designers such as Piero Lissoni, Patricia Urquiola and Jader Almeida were added to the space.
Gabriel Kogan and Mariana Simas