Gómez de la Torre & Guerrero Architects completed a 634 square meter residence in Casuarinas, Lima, Peru. The residence was built on a steep hillside slope, offering perfect city views. This feature defines the project’s structure, as the architects placed the social areas in the lower part, the bedrooms in the middle and the service area, a study room and the entrance lobby on the higher terrain. Concrete and glass were the main materials used to give the exterior a bold personality and to open up the house towards its landscape.
Vertical columns frame the windows inside and out, adding an interesting design element to the project. The interiors seem to revolve around the triple height open living space, with elegant arrangements and generous windows. A large stairway acts as a vertical circulation shaft around which the rest of the rooms are located. as usual, we invite you to go through the photos below and speak your mind about the overall design of this home.
Energy during the construction process was saved by using FSC-certified glulam timber instead of steel to create the building’s distinctive wavy roof, while the store’s external walls use hemclad, a highly innovative insulator made from hemp, which, like all plants, absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere as it grows. An 80,000 litre water tank below ground provides water for the store’s toilets and waters the site’s green wall’, which provides natural insulation, acts as an all-natural pollution filter near the car park, and helps to encourage biodiversity. The result is a building that uses a fraction of the energy of structures of a similar size, and is still very popular with local shoppers.
The best architects can create designs which will give clients and the public things they didn’t even realise they wanted, and this is especially important when architects are given the difficult brief of creating structures in much-loved, iconic areas.