The Lima-based Longhi Architects designed this retirement home for a couple of philosophers on a hill of Pachacamac in the coast of Peru located 40 km south of Lima.
Here is what the architects explain:
“The house was conceived as a transitional place where the clients will live after both of them retired.
The response to the site was to bury the house inside the hill, trying to create a balanced dialogue between architecture and landscape, where inside / outside becomes a constant interpretation of materiality with strong sense of protection and appreciation of the dark and the light.
“A glass box sticks out of the hill symbolizing architectural intervention on untouched nature.”
Construction finished April 2008
Construction Area: 480 m2 in two levels
Site Area: 5000 m2
Architect: Longhi Architects
Principal in charge: Luis Longhi
Collaborators: Hector Suasnabar, Christian Bottger, Carla Tamariz, Veronica Schreibeis
Construction: Longhi Architects / Hector Suasnabar
Photography: CHOlon Photography, Elsa Ramirez