Lima House

Lima House is studio MK27’s first project in Lima, Peru. Located on an urban site, measuring 16m width by 30m depth, the main idea was to first create the sensation for the clients of living in a townhouse, taking into consideration all the possibilities that we had relative to the arrangement and size of the plot, and its occupancy coefficient. 

The solution was to create 3 overlapping boxes. A similar theme was also used on the interiors which are divided into programmatic boxes, with wooden panels and doors that exercise the function of separation elements.

The house is therefore composed of three external boxes, placed one on top of another, and internal boxes that resolve the program. It is a ludic perspective of the space, a “metabox” project.

 The external boxes are made of slatted exposed concrete, with the front and back façades clad in different materials and acting as side covers. These materials form uniform skins that hide the openings. Despite the concrete structure which is necessarily robust, due to the great incidence of earthquakes in this region, the creation of cantilevers gives the structure a lighter feeling.

 The first volume (ground floor) houses the social areas, comprised of a terrace and the kitchen. On the second floor, there is the master bedroom with its own living room, walk-in closet and a terrace. The third floor is dedicated to the children. There are two en-suites, a living room, a guest bedroom and bathroom and a terrace with a wall of cobogós (hollow bricks). This cobogó façade guarantees visual protection while also permitting the entrance of natural light and cross-ventilation.

There is also a rooftop and a “semi-underground” with a garage, utility area, gym and pool, which can be appreciated through a glass strip on the garden in the ground floor, next to the main living room.  

The palette of materials is quite small: wood, stone, concrete and aluminium. The wood is of Brazilian origin, given its resistance to the weather. The stone (Basalt) and marble (Travertine) are local. 

 The greatest challenge of this project was filling the space with the necessary density while simultaneously guaranteeing that the quality external spaces could be used, diluting the limits between external and internal.

Studio MK27, located in the chaotic city of São Paulo, was founded in the late 70’s by architect Marcio Kogan and today is comprised of 30 architects and various collaborators worldwide. The architects of the team, great admirers of the Brazilian modernism generation, seek to fulfill the task of rethinking and giving continuity to this iconic architectural movement. The projects of Studio MK27 place value on formal simplicity and are elaborated  with extreme care and attention to details and finishings. 

Photography by Fernando Guerra

Project Credits:

architecture > studio mk27 
architect > marcio kogan 
co-architect > samanta cafardo . elisa friedmann 
interior design > diana radomysler 
co-interior architect > mariana ruzante 
project team > carlos costa . eduardo gurian . gabriela gurgel . mariana simas . renato périgo 
local architect > jorge baertl

landscape designer > rosie benavides 
structure engineer > GCAQ 
electrical > JALE ingenieros 
plumbing > Efreyre instalaciones 
air conditioning > integ 
contractor > CG277

main suppliers > vitrocsa (window frames); plancus (doors, panels e façades); valcucine (kitchen); erwin hauer studio (hollowed wall module); plancus e arquitecma peru (internal furniture)