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Casa Chontay by Marina Vella Arquitectos in the rural Lima, Peru, is a modern creation that has been inserted into the natural landscape in a delicate, subtle manner, emphasizing and encouraging a constant balance between modern and sustainable.Greenery and mineral embrace the natural stoned finished home, claiming it as one of their own. The one story home was designed with one focus in mind which has been highlighted in the layout and conformation of the piece as well as in its location on the actual site.
“Choosing an exact location was challenging and it lead to a solution of two independent volumes articulated by a garden lined up with the existing trees and the valley. This allows the users to have constant connection with nature and outdoor activities.The living room, dining room and kitchen are located in a 68 m2 area sheltered by a tall volume, large window screens assure natural light and cross ventilation. The 67 m2 (721 ft2) lower volume has a distribution hall to 3 bedrooms, an attic, 2 bathrooms and the terrace. To ensure the bedroom’s good ventilation and lighting low windows are oriented towards the East and the “teatinas” (Peruvian roof windows used since colonial times) are oriented towards the West. The balconied terrace is oriented towards the valley.”
The outdoor spaces create a bridge between the privacy of the home’s interior areas and the lush greenery of the backyard.
The interior keep the earthy tone of the entire project with traditional motifs and textures inserted here and there and a very clear love of the natural local materials.
Wooden hues, natural stone walls, all work together in creating a synthesis of the natural and artificial creation.
The connection with the beuatiful surreal landscape has been permanently emphasized with the help of large glass windows that connect visually and physically the home with the natural.
Photos by Gonzalo Cáceres Dancuart
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