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Brief Published: 23 Jul 2012

Micasa’s Enigmatic Exhibition Space, Brazil


Tapping into the growing global popularity of transparent architecture across public and private spaces, Brazilian design agency 20.87 has completed an inspiring, temporary retail-cum-exhibition space for Brazilian furniture retailer Micasa. The semi-translucent, partially illuminated structure delivers an enigmatic space.

Branded the “Casa do Lado”, the transient installation, located in Sao Paulo, Brazil, has been designed to exhibit Micasa’s contemporary furniture. It is attached to the store.

The structure comprises a lightweight, wooden framework that has been overlaid on the existing building (an old house), topped by a layer of corrugated plastic panels. The layer extends the original contours, so that the building assumes a new shape. The resulting exterior is dynamic and industrial, but also budget-friendly.

At night, LED-powered light from within pours through the semi-transparent façade, transforming the minimal, white structure seen during the day. The result resembles an architectural echo. A ghostly glow is cast that hints at – but doesn’t fully reveal – the building’s original structure.

For a deeper insight into the relevance of transparent architecture – from spaces designed to entertain to those conceived to communicate new social and professional values – see our report, Transparent Architecture.