EC House - Casa EC

The EC House is a house on the district of Asia in Lima, Peru on a beach condominium called "La Joya".

Each beach condominium has very strict housing parameters (like % of colors used, % of areas under roof etc.).

The House`s access is though a passageway on the side allowing for a central welcoming open space that divides the house into public and private spaces (overlooking the beach) and service spaces (towards the back).

The house is very linear and has terraces on the third floor. The first versions of the design contemplated a double height ceiling living-room but the owners wanted a more open terrace area.

The idea of the house was to create open spaces throughout the house so, for example, to cross from the private areas to the service areas, you have to walk through an open bridge that overlooks an open entry space.

The house has the children's and guest rooms on the first floor (towards the beach) and the service areas towards the back. On the second floor you can find the master bedroom and the dining-living room towards the beach and the kitchen towards the back. The living room has an open terrace on this level. On the third level you can find the terraces, BBQ area and a small pool.

Casa KADM - Condominio KADM

La casa KADM fue una comisión muy interesante para diseñar una casa de 300 m2 para un joven empresario que estaba por casarse.

Desde el inicio se hablaban de tres áreas, tres espacios, así que conceptualmente se diseñó la casa como tres cubos sostenidos por un paralelepípedo que contenía los servicios generales y áreas sociales.

Los tres cubos se manifiestan como cubos suspendidos y son los dormitorios, dos secundarios y uno principal que se extiende hasta el fondo de la casa.

El cubo del cuarto principal es un cubo a media altura y de altura u media de alto que alberga una sala y un cuarto de lectura a medio nivel más abajo pero integrado con el dormitorio principal.

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Los materiales son como siempre acabados naturales (cemento pulido, madera etc.) para garantizar la durabilidad de la casa.

Modulor 2.0

In 2007, I was summoned for a design competition. The competition was simple: To design a building for a Real Estate Company in Lima, Peru, in such a way that it allowed a progressive investment. The Lot was given and the Program was given.

The first idea that came to mind when talking about modules and progression was Le Corbusier´s Image of him inserting a cube on his 1947 “Plug-in concept”, for the Untite d´Habitation…What if one could ACTUALLY do that?

 Le Corbusier Unite d´Habitation ... Image from the WWW.

Le Corbusier Unite d´Habitation ... Image from the WWW.

By creating a 3d grid and designing modules that could be built elsewhere and inserted into this grid via a construction crane several things may happen in terms of architecture and the business of selling buildings:

1.       The investment could be controlled by actually building what you sell…when you sell it.

2.       You could create different façades… Actually the façades would create themselves as one sells the units.

3.       The spending could be allocated towards the common areas creating a building that looks finished even if it´s not…

The answer became in the form of a new concept: Modulor 2.0. A simple but complex module system that would accompany the real estate business, creating architecture along the way, as the business is completed...thus lowering the risk of investment and creating different and interesting architecture along the way.

Above you can see the housing module being inserted into the grid.

Volume studies for the main grid and social areas. Entry study.

Exploded axonometric view showing the Grid and the modules.