Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Beach House in Las Palmeras, Peru by Architect Javier Artadi
May 31st, 2011 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Javier Artadi
This project consist of a weekend house located on a beach 100 Km. south of Lima, the capital city of Peru. The beach place is a portion of the almost 2,000 Km. length of Peruvian coast-line, a very peculiar desert with no extreme temperatures and almost no showers.
This lack of rains has made it possible for local pre-Columbia constructions of sun-dried mud-made bricks with external smooth finishing lasting for centuries.
This so-called “liquid architecture” is also present in modern times in the use of concrete and cement, by obtaining results similar to those obtained with mud-made bricks; that is, an expression of pure and continuous matter and surface.
As in all my previous projects rendered along the Peruvian coast, have sought this characteristic to be reflected in the most conspicuous portion of the design of the house.
The materiality of this major feature is an object fully reflecting smoothness and purity resulting from fine finishing in hand-made cement covering.
The internal distribution of the house is matched with the volumes comprising it: a first level used for service areas and garage; a second level (acting as a hinge) where bedrooms are found; and a third level intended for the social areas: living room, dining room, terrace and swimming pool.
The project is also intended to establish a very direct relation with the nature, with earth, heaven and sea. Also, while a person goes up through the interior, transparent staircase allows inhabitants to view the backyard hill, made of stone and sand, and one on the third level,. a carefully studied terrace allows for the connection between heaven and the sea horizon.
Ultimately, the house reminds us of the human presence within a natural environment in the form of a simple and primary geometry that contrast with the beautiful landscape of the desert Peruvian coast-line.
The project is located at 125 km south of Lima city in a beach named “Las Palmeras”.
The house is organized into three levels: the first level contains all service areas, garage and guest rooms; the second level comprises the house principal rooms; and the third one is intended to be the social areas: kitchen, living-room, dining-room, terrace and swimming pool.
The underlying conceptual proposal seeks to reduce to the minimum the architectonic shapes and forms so as to concentrate all the sight-seeing force on the upper volume, principal figure which seems to be wishing to float over the other levels of the house.
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