The residence that you can admire in the images was built in 2011 following a unique design by Benavides & Watmough arquitectos. It offers 12,830 square feet of space and benefits from staggering panoramas of Lima due to its elevated positioning. Towards the street, the design comprises a series of terraces, including one that contains a living room for the younger residents. The layout of the project follows the shape of the letter H, with the two bars being placed parallel to the terrain's boundaries.
The bars are linked by an extra volume, which is closed off at the first floor and open on the second. Because the owner expressed an interest in astronomy, the architects created an open courtyard on the second level, which can be used for amazing stargazing sessions. When they set out to build this modern home, the architects focused on ensuring transparency, comfort and uninterrupted views of the environment. Clearly, they managed to fulfill these goals with great success.
From the architect:
The project is located on the hills of Casuarinas, in the Surco district. Steep slopes, partially made of rock and a 270 degrees view of the city of Lima, characterize this area.
Because of these, we decided to locate the first level platform ten meters high regarding the access roundabout to free the sight of the immediate rooftops of neighboring houses.
As a design strategy we decided to have a stone foundation for the exposed concrete house to pose on it. A vehicular ramp was projected to parking level, and in order to free 200 square meters of occupied area, we roofed the ramped with a slab of reinforced concrete and a roof garden. By becoming a ramp-tunnel, we left every certain space a skylight in the garden for lighting and ventilation.
The Project starts generating terraces towards the street, containing in one of these a living room for young people. On the floor plans the house has an "H" form. A strategy was to locate the two bars of the "H" in parallel to the boundaries of the terrain.
A volume connects in a closed way the two shaped bars, closed on the first level and open on the second level. Another strategy was to visually connect the house with the view of the city of Lima and the natural cut of the hill at the back. In general the entire volume of the house can be indoors or outdoors without shelter or additional ceilings added to the project. The interest of the owner in astronomy gave us the idea to create an open courtyard on the second floor which is accessed for stargazing.
Architects: Benavides & Watmough arquitectos
Location: Santiago de Surco, Peru
Architects in Charge: Alfredo Benavides Fett, Cynthia Watmough V.
Area: 1192.0 m2
Photography: Stella Watmough, Michelle Llona , Renzo Rebagliat
Contractor: Ing. Javier. del Rio
Structure: Ing. A. Blanco Blasco
Sanitary: Ing. J. Gamboa Sánchez
Electrical: Ing. J. Alvarado Oyarce
Plot Area: 1,500m2