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Pachacamac House, Lima, Peru

Friday 25 Dec 2009

Walking in the footsteps of the Incas

CHOlon Photography, Elsa Ramirez 
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14/02/10 yrag, Philadelphia
I would have never guessed that Philosophy paid so well in Peru.

Award Entry

Longhi Architects design a retirment home in Lima for a couple of philosophers 

The response to this site was to bury the house inside the hill. The succession of unexpected circumstances marked the materialisation of ideas as the natural response to transcendental issues brought up and understood during the design and construction of the Pachacamac house.

The site lies 40 km south of Lima at an undeveloped region near pre-Inca remains is located this small hill surrounded by bigger mountains. The energy transmitted by the place is evident when one walks and feels a special communication with it. This fascinating communication with the earth and its components had been a constant guide for the development of the project.

The intervention in an untouched environment on the coast of Peru, has helped the architects understand that in order to achieve successful architecture in natural sites, it is fundamental to listen to the environment and to establish a relationship with it, this relationship is similar to any other type of relationship between humans; it can be direct, sophisticated, romantic, respectful, sane or insane.

The response to the site was to bury the house inside the hill, trying to create a balanced dialogue between architecture and landscape, where inside / outside becomes a constant interpretation of materiality with a strong sense of protection and appreciation of the dark and the light. A glass box sticks out of the hill symbolising architectural intervention on untouched nature.

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