A House Forever, Lima, Peru
Longhi Architects

The moment a young couple came to my office to commission the design and construction of a house where they would live forever, I knew I had in my hands a great opportunity to continue in my search of ancestral contemporary architecture. I was ready to dedicate exclusive time to interpret their dreams in order to create a “container of life”.

My vision for a special house was confirmed when I went to the site for the first time and realized that it was already occupied by an old house where the couple was living with their two children. Then the task was to demolish the material but keeping the spirit in order to replace the old construction for a “House Forever”. 

The metaphor for the design was to imagine that a big ancestral rock was found in the site and needed to be carved in order to accommodate the living spaces.

This “black carved stone” would be occupied by a four car garage, service patio, maid’s quarters and pool baths in the basement; kitchen, dining and living spaces in the first floor. The carving of the spaces would generate interesting “built in” furniture with strong texture to be assorted with other natural and artificial materials in order for theallegorystone to remain as natural as possible to eventually be perceived as part of the owner’s desired garden.

To complete the composition the black stone base supports four cantilever volumes containing the intimate rooms as the “white floating stones “ once ambitioned by the client.

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