Pachacamac House is designed by Del Solar Arquitectos, located on the outskirts of Lima, Peru, in the valley of the Lurín River, which resists the last surrounding natural green stronghold. The project started with the desire to keep alive the memory of the family refuge, a space for contact and sharing in the open air. The hills, the path of the sun, the trees, and the occupation of the existing land determined the location of the primary volume and the design of all the interior and exterior spaces. What started as a vacation retirement home in the country became a permanent residence space, which meant constant transformation and implementing interventions and extensions adapting to the changes.
Del Solar Arquitectos resolved Pachacamac House within a compact two-level volume in a rear corner to maximize the spaciousness of the land and to perceive a continuous green blanket from the entrance gate. The arrival path that crosses the garden serves as a filter, like a very fine sieve, which allows one to perceive the peaceful passing of time on the route. The interior spaces open up to the surrounding rural environment that is appreciated from a new perspective, accompanied by refined senses. The mixed construction technique adopted, with the use of masonry made of concrete blocks on the first floor and wood for the second floor and ceilings, sought at all times an efficient help of resources while maintaining the rustic and cozy tradition of a country house.
Once we defined the project’s spirit, the decoration was open for the use and arrangement of all the pieces owned by the clients. The collection included elements of all kinds (old rails, gates, columns, windows, doors, etc.), recycled from old demolished houses and awaiting a new use. With them in mind, we designed the complementary outdoor spaces: the living terrace separated from the house as a place of meditation and restlessness; the garden next to the greenhouse for the sustainable cultivation of plants and food; and the dining room opens to the garden allowing its full enjoyment.
The privilege of living surrounded by gardens, farms, plants, and animals also demands the responsibility of maintaining its delicate atmosphere in balance. These essential values of intimate connection and of what family life entails guided a long-term design process, which continues.
Ground Floor Plan
General Floor Plan
Upper Floor Plan
Photos by: Renzo Rebagliati
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