Nature and Modern Design Meet in a Palatial Peruvian Home
When a family commissions the construction of their dream home, they typically plan to stay there forever. Such was the case with the family who contacted Longhi Architects in Lima, Peru to bring their dream modern design to life. There was an existing home on the site which inspired the architects to create the same type of classic ancestral home. “A House Forever” was built to resemble an ancient rock which was carved into a family home. It features four cantilevered volumes that contain the private areas of the home, resembling four mystical floating stones.
The architects’ plan was to create a home that would maintain the natural setting and eventually appear to be part of the breathtaking landscape.
Inside the home, built-in carved stone furniture carries on the natural theme. Steel and glass accents balance nature with sleek modernity.
Every part of the home shines with natural light and gentle electric lights. A spattering of bright colors here and there are a little taste of whimsy in an otherwise serious, sophisticated home.
Although the home somewhat resembles a cave, it lacks the cold bleakness of a natural cave. The stone manages to look inviting and warm while remaining true to the natural look desired by the family and the architects.
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“When a young couple came to my office to commission the design and construction of a house where they would live forever, I knew I had in my hands a great opportunity to continue in my search of ancestral contemporary architecture. In that moment, I was ready to dedicate exclusive time to interpret their dreams in order to create a ‘container of life.'”
“My vision for a special house was confirmed when I went to the site for the first time and realized that it was already occupied by an old house where the couple was living with their two children. Then, the task was to demolish the material but keeping the spirit, in order to replace the old construction for a ‘House for Ever.’ The metaphor for the design was to imagine that a big ancestral rock was found in the site and needed to be carved in order to accommodate the living spaces.”
“This ‘black carved stone’ would be occupied by a 4 car garage, service patio, maid’s quarters and pool baths in the basement; kitchen, dining and living spaces in the first floor. The carving of the spaces would generate interesting ‘built in’ furniture with strong texture to be assorted with other natural and artificial materials in order for the allegory stone to remain as natural as possible to eventually be perceived as part of the owner’s desired garden.”