It is often said that the kitchen is the most important part of the home, but Studio MK27 contest the theory with an alternative place of sanctuary; the library. Which is can be seen through the inclusion of floor-to-ceiling wooden shelves that dominate the interior of their latest project; a luxurious apartment in the heart of Sao Paulo.

The library – which Norman Cousins famously described as the ‘delivery room for the birth of ideas’- becomes the focus for the property that has been designed for clients who wanted to display their expansive collection of art, objects and collectables.

Named, SP_Penthouse, the property is split over three floors with each level featuring their own unique views across the Brazilian city. The most dramatic element of the entire build sits on the top-level, where the library, built from dark wood, showcases a wide range of books, plants and trinkets. The eclecticism of the room is complemented by a selection of original mid-century furniture pieces including offerings from Franco Albini, Gio Ponti and Hugo Franca.

The selection of furniture also creates a focal point for the harmonious interior as it marries classical design with a serene, solemn atmosphere. In addition to the generous, wide corridors and scoping rooms, the property also contains a spa area complete with a small pool, winter garden a gym. All of which have been positioned in continuity with the design to create a balance between a ‘tropical atmosphere and a minimalist place of relaxation’.

Studio MK27 was established in the early 1980’s by Brazilian architect Marcio Kogan and has become best known for its expansive concrete projects, much like the Jungle House.

Architecture and Interiors: Studio MK27 - marcio kogan + diana radomysler + luciana antunes.

Photography: Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen