House on The Andes / Juan Carlos Doblado

Peruvian architect Juan Carlos Doblado shared with us another impresive project coming from South America. Two concrete volumes with great views to the Andes.

The house is set on the top of a sloping field. The program is organized in two parallel and horizontal outdated volumes, based on a simple geometry, where the interior is as important as the exterior.

The courtyard entry articulates both volumes under one cover and provides a visual opening of the mountains surrounding the valley. In both volumes transparency is what dominates it. Each room has one side covered entirely in glass, so the landscape forms part of the interior space and expands it.

The provision allows you to integrate space into several areas by sliding the screens. The volume at the front of the house contains the main spaces, kitchen and most of the bedrooms. The service part of the building is built on the slope below the ground. On the other volume we have the family room and the guest bedrooms.

The language of the house compromises glass sliding doors and concrete walls. The bottom part has dark stone to accentuate the weightlessness of the two main volumes.

Cite: "House on The Andes / Juan Carlos Doblado" 11 May 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 16 Sep 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=21590>

19 comments

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    beautiful piece of architecture and is not “boring”. extremely difficult to design good architecture with the minimum use of materials, this is an example to follow!!

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    House like many others in this style; flat roof, glass walls all around, nothing interesting.

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    Wine wall is awesome, so is pool area. Would have made some other “push” or something towards referencing the mountains. It is beautiful though.

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    Beauty and only a beauty does not make a good architecture. This building is nice through its simplicity, but it is not functionally comfortable, it is not energy efficient and it is very high maintenance structure. Architects have a lot to learn from old local builders… this box will look nice(?) anywhere on this planet… even on the moon… is this really the way to design good architecture?

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    Bo Lucky cut the crap, please.

    Not functionally confortable, do you know the clients?, If so, please post their reaction and discomfort, if not, shut the hell up.

    Not energy efficient?, I swear this LEED fad is getting on my nerves, we in southamerica design and build respecting the environment (I have to agree with not all the architects though)

    Do you know the conditions of the site?, hows not energy efficient according to you?, do you have some technical and environmental info on the project that we don’t know?, If so, please post it so you can validate your arguments, if not, again, SHUT THE HECK UP!!!

    What I see:

    -They didn’t flattened the land, they actually used the site’s slope.

    -The house is semi-buried, and the roof is covered in stones (probably local)Just because of those 2 design decisions, the house looks “cool” to me (in terms of temperature. And looking the pictures, you can tell there’s no A/C vents in the ceiling along the glass doors, so that pretty much proves my point, no need to use A/C.

    - High maintenance structure?????, It’s “concreto obra limpia” (poured exposed concrete), there’s no need to maintain anything there!

    - Learn from local construction?, that’s Peru, in latinamerica, guess what, you know what’s our main construction material? CONCRETE! You can’t compare the US or Europe to southamerica, actually building in wood (wood frames, sheating, etc) would be an “environmental crime” in some southamerican countries.

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    My favorite residential architecture is of the mid-Century Modern style so I think this is quite good. I find this style highly livable. Though my house would never be so tidy as photo shoots indicate and which adds to the “unlivability” impression.

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    A well planned house – orientation and façade on account of the sun, good use of site, two wings (guest and family) pivot around the pool and terrace (always a favourite – a “heart”), cross-ventilated(ish), and neatly lifting above walls and slopes to take advantage of the views but also created a utility space. The water-feature on the front, aside from just being a “nice” addition, probably assist in passive cooling. I won’t be surprised if this property is underfloor heated, seeing that it is located in the Andes, Peru. Neat and very well approached design culminating in a very nice home.

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    I believe the contrast between the mountain lines and the straightness of the house is not expressed as it should. For some reason I do not like the lines in this environment and the colour of concrete is nor the same as the mountains, nor is it contrasting in any way. There’s something missing in bringing the soul of the Andes in this property.

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