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W Houses / Barclay & Crousse

  • 01:00 - 12 March, 2012
W Houses / Barclay & Crousse
W Houses / Barclay & Crousse

W Houses / Barclay & Crousse W Houses / Barclay & Crousse W Houses / Barclay & Crousse © Cristobal Palma +29

  • Architects

  • Location

    Cañete, Peru
  • Architects

    Barclay & Crousse
  • Principals In Charge

    Sandra Barclay y Jean Pierre Crousse
  • Collaborators

    Vahl del Solar, Rosa Aguirre
  • Structural Engineering

    Luis Flores
  • Contractor

    Constructora Edward Barclay
  • Video & Photograph

    Cristobal Palma
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

From the architect. This set of 4 houses stems from a “prototype” house, La Casa Equis (2003), situated in the same bay. While the houses were not designed as a set, they share a coherency with their surroundings and reference the life style engendered by the Peruvian desert.

The houses explore the concept of the “Articificial Beach,” where in a temperate climate, neither hot nor cold, without winds or rain, architecture can be stripped of its role to shelter and thus concentrate on creating intimacy and celebrating the pleasures of living.

A series of fluid, open spaces are defined by an enclosure and a platform, two architectural devices used in pre-Columbian Peruvian constructions, that relate to the sea and the horizon through a suspended swimming pool.

Each of the houses can be accessed through a threshold that unites and separates the infinite space of the desert from the intimate space of the house. 

Large open stairways are carved into the platforms, placing the bedrooms at the level of the artificial beaches. 

The platforms are linked by courtyards and hallways that run between the houses, reinforcing the idea of a beach house in communion with the outdoors but sheltered from the sun.

The pre-Columbian construction along the coast, where adobe walls appear to grow up from the desert, is referenced in the use of exposed concrete, rustic planks, and ocher-sand colors that give the impression that the volumes were excavated directly from the clff.

© Cristobal Palma
© Cristobal Palma

The high quality of craftsmanship allowed a hybridization of archaic and industrial technologies that “atemporalized” these constructions so they could integrate into the ancient cultural landscape of Peru’s desert coast.

You can check more photographs of this house in Cristobal Palma’s website and follow Cristobal on twitter @CPalmaPhoto and Facebook.

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Cynthia Paredes · April 05, 2012

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ahtrone · March 18, 2012

Beautiful project

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Iva Foschia · March 15, 2012

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robert cooper · March 14, 2012

Reminds me of some of the pretentious Italian movies of the '60s:L'Eclisse, for example. Grim, a waste of good concrete.

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Seth Ferreira · March 13, 2012

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Martin Hedin · March 12, 2012

All the structure, even with different texture and color, seems to be cement based (concrete). Would love to see rammed earth and adobe for this kind of architecture, as the spaces are very pleasant indeed. Just saying, would be possible to achieve this kind of spaces with natural materials.

However, form, program and textures are very good indeed! (Would be interesting with exact numbers)

Mahbod Biazi · March 13, 2012 07:30 AM

agreed Martin, despite the amazing space making, the textures feel too rough.. a bit softness would make it even more amazing.

Antje Pasinga · March 12, 2012

amazing place - love it

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