Las Arenas swimming pool

It hardly gets more modern than this – a white volume, planes sliding past one another in space, in a way that would do Mies or Corbu proud.

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Las Arenas Modernist White House

For the situation and site near Lima, the effect is quite perfect. This house in Lima needed to be open to the elements but still feel like a fully-finished and contemporary residence.

Las Arenas terrace
Las Arenas minimalist white home

Hence the raised-off-the-ground element of detachment despite windowless openings, and the living-room whites found throughout – classically Modernist moves.

Las Arenas view
Las Arenas geometric modernist home

Javier Artadi Arquitecto started with a series of boxes, then sliced strategically through them per the program. The result reflects the flat linear horizons, but also frames views of this simple natural landscape – it affords visibility but still provides a sense of enclosure as well. Other projects have a similar look; the firm specializes in clean, minimalist lines and rectilinear shapes in stark white. The style calls to mind a sort of Aegean futurism, but most of the projects are set in South America.

Las Arenas open living room

“The project consists of a small house on a beach a hundred miles south of Lima and explores the expansion of the conventional uses of a beach house. To that end, a container box has been created, a space that integrates the living-dining room and terrace with pool, within which various elements have been designed (conventional and unconventional furniture) that offer multiple use options.”

“Architecturally, the volume has been strategically perforated along some planes in order to control sunlight and to achieve a selective visual approach (towards the sky, the sea, etc.), and it has been deliberately suspended above the garden to add an air of weightlessness and freedom to the architectural experience of the users.”

Functionally, the main volume is surrounded by sleeping and service areas. There the kitchen and master bedroom can be found, which are both visually connected with the terrace and pool, and through them, with the skyline.”