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Pachamanca House / 51-1 Arquitectos

  • 09:00 - 17 August, 2015
Pachamanca House / 51-1 Arquitectos
Pachamanca House / 51-1 Arquitectos, © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma
© Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma

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  • Project Team

    César Becerra, Fernando Puente Arnao and Manuel de Rivero with Edinson Cueva, Sara Gagliarini, David Ávila, Gianfranco Palomino, Mauricio Gilbonio, Militza Carrillo, Eduardo Peláez, Favio Chumpitaz
  • General Contractor

    Américo Chavez
  • Structural Engineers

    Salcedo Ingenieros
  • Landscape Consultant

    Luis Camacho
  • Interior/Decoration

    Contemporanea, Liz Sosa Design
  • More Specs Less Specs
© Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma
© Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma

Text description provided by the architects. Pachamanca is an ancient Peruvian technique of cooking under the ground with stones and species.  It is a spiritual offering of respect to mother earth (in quechua language, pacha means 'earth' and manca means 'pot')

© Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma
© Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma

A couple asked us to design a house for them -professional chefs- and their daughters.

First Floor Plan
First Floor Plan

The site is on a terrace of a hill, overlooking the city of Lima and the Pacific Ocean. We were asked by our clients to come up with the most respectful house in the neighborhood and with luxuries being conceptual instead of material.

© Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma
© Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma

Lima’s absolute lack of rain (less than 8mm per year!) determines an arid landscape where green appears only when water is brought from 100km away in the Andes mountains.

© Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma
© Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma

In Lima, Green is a luxury.

Instead of a building, we decided to start the project by generating an exuberant green landscape. Buildings tend to age and get uglier while vegetation grows and gets better over time.

© Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma
© Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma

Manipulating the site we generated a hill, a valley, a plateau, a cliff, a cave, a ravine, a shore…then each corresponded to certain vegetation class while changing altitude: trees, grasses, vegetables, hanging plants, xerophilous, hydrophytes…

© Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma
© Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma

Once defined the new landscape, it was inhabited with the house program: dormitories, bathrooms, kitchen, dining, living, home office, garage… carefully pairing the spatial and viewing qualities obtained to their functional requirements.

Second Floor Plan
Second Floor Plan

The house –as an exuberant landscape- purposely lacks a hierarchical structure, having multiple entrances, levels and routes, while constantly blurring interior and exterior enabled by the mildness of Lima’s climate (never colder than 14ºC or warmer than 28ºC).

© Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma
© Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma

The house –as an exuberant landscape- purposely shows a rich diversity of finishes and textures: different cuts of local stone, many sorts of recycled wood, concrete imprints, etc.

Longitudinal Section
Longitudinal Section

Baroque and Povera at the same time, like a Pachamanca.

© Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma
© Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma

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Cite: "Pachamanca House / 51-1 Arquitectos" 17 Aug 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/771862/pachamanca-house-51-1-arquitectos/> ISSN 0719-8884
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