Playa la Isla house / Juan Carlos Doblado

Architect: Juan Carlos Doblado
Location: Playa La Isla, Asia, Cañete,
Structural Engineer: Pedro Moscoso
Electrical Engineer: Abelardo Grados
Sanitary Engineer: Gonzalo Herrera
Site area: 209 sqm
Constructed Area: 258 sqm
Project year: 2007
Construction year: 2007
Photography: Elsa Ramírez

The house is located on the seafront, overlooking the islands of Asia (Peru). The project aims to demonstrate the connection between an abstract architecture and its surroundings, establishing a relationship between man and nature, between the desert and the sea. The desert generates the need to create a private area in the vastness of its territory; the ocean invites to open their horizons.

The logic used in the design of this house is subtractive. The consignment was seized with the maximum constructible area through a rigorous geometric solid volume, which was then drilled generating a sunken courtyard. The terrace roof is a front overhang with the same proportion of the gap in the courtyard, a “displacement” of the horizontal plane of the roof.

Thus, establishing a vertical relationship with the sky and another horizontal with the sea. This is achieved at a dialectical relationship between architectural enclosure and openness, transparency and opacity, privacy and exterior.

Cite: "Playa la Isla house / Juan Carlos Doblado" 27 May 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 24 May 2015. <>
  • INawe

    Beautiful project. Just wondering what the other rooms look like. I assume the privacy and natural lighting is nice in the lower rooms but I would have love to have seen them.

  • walter faulk

    alot of wasted space in the planning. the lower court yard seems more like a pit open to the sky above, tracking dirt and stuff into the lower bedrooms, especially when raining.

    living room interior is dark, and boring. minimal should still be able to provide rich experiences. but here, there is no real spatial articulation, aside from the inflexion to the main view and a bit of light coming through from the pit, the house deosnt offer much else. bit blase.

  • theDude

    Not sure why those rooms are in the “hold”, must be strict height restrictions I assume as the view in front seems very nice.

    I like the openness and simplicity but not sure about those sunken rooms as Walter Faulk states above.

  • dustin

    Yes, of course I would prefer to sit in my room (any room) and look at an ugly hole than have an amazing view of the ocean. It is just obvious. (sarcasm)

  • guy

    I think the lot size and dimensions, height restrictions and the clients wanting an open floor plan, four bedrooms, with a connection to the outside, but with privacy led to the sunken three beds and baths. They probably entertain a lot as well, with all that seating and slightly hidden kitchen. I think sandwiched between another dwelling and a walking path, this is a very elegant and smart project that I bet the clients are totally digging. I know I would.

  • Design Metafeed

    #architecture Playa la Isla house / Juan Carlos Doblado:
    Architect: Juan Carlos Doblado Location: ..

  • Design Metafeed

    #architecture Playa la Isla house / Juan Carlos Doblado:
    Architect: Juan Carlos Doblado Location: ..

  • antti

    What’s whit these dozens of toilets / bathrooms? Is it just a luxury thing or something to do with the culture? Just curios… My wife would love the opening of the main spaces to the nature even though just a plain grass field is quite boring.

  • christos

    a silly question….where is the tv? where would you put your plasma when the whole sitting arrangement is facing the opening? I would never, ever design the bedrooms in the basement unless there some building regs for one storey house only…..excellent house though!!


    Playa la Isla house / Juan Carlos Doblado –


    Playa la Isla house / Juan Carlos Doblado –

  • Lucas Gray

    I like its simplicity.

    I agree with the question above regarding the bathrooms. It looks to me like there are 6 bathrooms and only 4 bedrooms. Guest rooms can share a bathroom. I would say having three is more than enough.

  • Jim Strapko

    Another modern house on Archdaily: – a brief recap of program might explain curious disposition of bedroom spaces

  • Jim Strapko

    Another modern house on Archdaily: – a brief recap of program might explain curious disposition of bedroom spaces

  • temy

    There’s nothing wrong with the sunken rooms, it’s a very elegant solution for the height restriction problem and it’s a great way to protect against heat and noise. People on that climate will only use bedrooms for sleeping anyway

  • Terry Glenn Phipps

    As ever, the unbearable lightness of floor plan analysis produces reliably inexplicable commentary.

    There are five occupant bathrooms and one guest bath in a house that is designed to sleep ten people. Actually, this is a small house for ten people who live in close proximity for what are likely enjoyable holidays.

    There are many more restrictions on a site like this than simply height. The boardwalk that passes directly in front of the house appears to be public (as it would be in places like Venice or Newport Beach California). The objectionable green space here commented upon, is most likely public beach easement.

    Personally, I would love to see Mr. Faulk’s alternative solution to sleeping ten people on a single floor within these dimensions. Unless the point of departure is submarine inspired hot rack bunks it seems a dubious proposition to me.

    Programatically there is a collection of right decisions here. Bedrooms are for sleeping and families congregate around the table. Believe it or not there are still some cultures on this planet who don’t consider the “plasma” a relevant feature of a living space. Some kids still build sand castles and play outdoors as opposed to holing up in their rooms with Twitter and Nintendo. Heaven forbid, perhaps the family actually converses. Shudder, maybe they read!

    Spatially the ground floor is terrific. I love the compressed volume open to the view, the point of the whole house. The defining element of the plunge pool and column pull your eye just where it wants to go. The terrace is semi private and there are probably nice conversations with the passers by on the boardwalk. The indoor outdoor spaces are just right to be visually controlled from the command deck of the kitchen.

    Lastly, I love the color and volume that moves in layers from the street to the beach. To my eye that is entirely successful. Indeed the whole project is refined and lyrical without being extravagant. There is nothing that I see that could have been done any better.

    Terry Glenn Phipps

  • Daniel Con

    this house is like dr jekyl and mr hyde. the beach facing half of the house is great, the street half is not. I dont like the entrance from the street, it is cold and I dont like the location of the master bed. I imagine that most people must walk around and enter into the living room rather than using the street entrance. I love the indoor / outdoor living

  • Bo Lucky

    I like this house – as long as it is not mine… what if there is nobody home? What if it’s raining (rare occurance in Lima but…) or when it’s windy? Where do you store furniture while away for some time? How do you lock the house? It’s a nice house but strange…

  • Bo Lucky

    I didn’t see these large sliding glass panels… so I guess the house can be kinda locked. But what about the artificial light that must be used in the middle of the day?

  • Bo Lucky

    One more comment and I am out of here… don’t you think that for a ten people house, the kitchen is somewhat undersized?

  • temy

    Terry speaks from my heart. “perhaps this family actually converses!” LOL

  • francis

    The client and the architect are as brave as each other in realising this project. I will always envy this kind of undertaking simply because I live in a parallel universe; one where boundaries are unfriendly, walled and locked. Ahhhhh, how blissful the other half live. Good on them.
    This project has to be within a gated or private estate. The side path (easement) is probably where the rest of the community drag their jet skis and boats down to the water, or zoom through with their quad bikes; hence the brave bit. I suspect there maybe a shotgun wielding guard in his basement quarter.
    Architecturally, it is likely not all that different from its neighbours, albeit architectonic strong. The logic is consistent with Mr. Doblado’s design for the House on the Andes. Well defined and purposeful. The cleanliness of the details are rigorously observed – not a pipe in sight, nor eaves, lip or capping to any edges on the facades. Well, aside from non-facing public ones.
    The arid climate must be a god sent for the practitioners of “hard edged” architecture. The circulation to the basement and their rooms is in the open! Somehow, even the sea air has not marked the building that was finished in 2007. That or cheap labour has done the trick.
    My only question is, as with any sub-level bath/WC, where is the discharge? Inevitably mechanical but I would like to know how or what system is in play. All very well talking about styles and … how about steering questions towards the M&E side, the mundane, the less attractive but all important bits that is keeping modern architecture from failing for a change?

  • Yoav Ickowicz

    #design Playa la Isla house / Juan Carlos Doblado:
    Architect: Juan Carlos Doblado Location: Playa La Isl..

  • Yoav Ickowicz

    #design Playa la Isla house / Juan Carlos Doblado:
    Architect: Juan Carlos Doblado Location: Playa La Isl..

  • archimania

    RT @archdaily: Playa la Isla house / Juan Carlos Doblado -(this is the true definition of the word sweet in built form)

  • Tarek sakkal

    very nice>>>
    I wish I live there

  • Ed Hines

    Friends, I love the simplicity and Zen nature of all this “new modern” architecture.With half a chance, I would love to outfit these dwellings with the best of cabinetry, furniture ,and casework. Harmony is what I see in these styles. Hey, it beats fitting clumsy boxes in a french country,plus all the other relative styles that seem to be crowded into current building practices. Peace, Ed Hines

  • Dan Morris

    "Playa la Isla House" By Juan Carlos Doblado. Stunning ultra modern estate in Peru. Look at all the pics:

  • r

    can anyone translate the write up to understandable english?

  • Charissa Robins

    I love the openness of this house: