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Studio Formica, Belo Horizonte, Brazil by Studio Arquitetônico

Project name:
Studio Formica
Architecture firm:
Studio Arquitetônico
Palacio das Mangabeiras, Mangabeiras, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Estudio NY18, Daniel Mansur
Principal architect:
Assis Humberto Ribeiro, Marcus Vinicius dos Santos
Design team:
Assis Humberto Ribeiro, Marcus Vinicius dos Santos
Conception and Technical Execution: Marcus Vinicius dos Santos - Air conditioning: ECOTEMP - Locksmith: Electrowelding Locksmith - Frames: Electroglass
Interior design:
Built area:
215 m²
Site area:
Design year:
Completion year:
Civil engineer:
Structural engineer:
FACIT Engineering
Environmental & MEP:
Ana Campos Paisagismo, Kat Paisagismo
Assis Humberto Ribeiro
Tools used:
Construtora Construa
Residential › House

Inspired by the modernist lines, Studio + Formica, an environment at CASACOR Minas, stands out for its architecture with organic shapes, conceived in honor of the 22nd Week. The architects Assis Humberto and Marcus Vinícius, founders of Studio Arquitetônico, took on the commitment to create the Studio + Formica project, the functional kitchen of CASACOR Minas. A tradition in the show, the space has been hosting a series of gastronomic meetings and show-classes, promoting meetings and the Minas Gerais culture of bringing people together around the table for gastronomic experiences. The program includes the presence and participation of guest chefs for a series of actions such as brunches, lunches, dinners and wine tastings.

The project by architects Assis Humberto and Marcus Vinícius, for CASACOR Minas 2022, had architecture as its main focus.

The inspiration for the sensorial architecture proposed by the architects had as its starting point the centenary of the Semana de 22, considered a historic landmark for the entire Brazilian society, with reflections on culture, architecture, design and fashion. Inspired by Modernism, Assis Humberto and Marcus Vinícius developed an architecture that explores organic forms. “In our architecture, we pay homage to this movement. Our contemporary design was added to elements of modernist culture, such as the slender curves, free spans, the glass box, which delimits the lounge, without losing the connection with nature. The furniture and works of art reinforce this connection with what is ours”, highlights Marcus Vinícius, from Studio Arquitetônico.

The result is surprising due to its lightness, beauty of curves and integration with the surroundings. Access to the environment is via a suspended walkway that crosses a garden. The visitor is led to a glass-enclosed lounge surrounded by gardens, which serves as an anteroom to the 'kitchen'. The duo's challenge was to take the spotlight off the kitchen, creating a harmonious dialogue between all the spaces in the environment, creating different but complementary climates.

Studio + Formica was designed to be a ‘kitchen of sensations’. The authorial furniture, developed in partnership with Prima Linea, was inspired by the architects' childhood. This is the case of the Jirau table, which refers to the old jirais and the comfortable chairs Taboca, a Tupi word that means Brazilian bamboo. “By connecting with our essence, remembering moments with our grandparents, we developed the table we named Jirau. Jirau is the most democratic piece of vernacular design. The term, from the Tupi language, designates a structure composed of boards on sticks and sticks, at half height, which serves to shelter and protect crops from contact with the ground and also to dry containers in the sun. The table with an organic top refers to the lakes of the paths, supported by four cylindrical bases of different thicknesses, alluding to the sticks used to support a jirau”, points out Assis Humberto. The duo's idea was to break with the rigid shapes of traditional dining tables, adding an air of lightness to contemporary spaces.

By Liliana Alvarez

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