The project aims to make visible the current moment of the city of Lima, and especially the neighborhood of Miraflores, where the great cultural density of Lima blends with the capital’s cosmopolitan lifestyle. This is expressed in all the temporal spheres of society, reaching its best formal representations in literature, decor and gastronomy.
This cultural density is perfectly combined with a good share of sophistication and results in the great Peruvian cuisine that surprises the world in the current fervid foodie scene, as it was recently described by The New York Times. How not to replicate this concept in Architecture? How should it be a project that speaks the same language? An initial concept then appears, which allows us to move forward under a guideline: SOPHISTICATION. This initial concept forced us to carry out a long discussion that gave shape to the project, even without even thinking about its architecture. What is SOPHISTICATED ?, How can a structure be sophisticated? How can an architectural brief be sophisticated? How is like a sophisticated department? How should be conceived its spaces and finishings? The challenge was to formulate a building that reflects this value and initial concept through design. A building that could be considered the best residential building in Lima and reference of residential architecture in South America.
LOOKING FOR A NEW STANDARD Without an offer of high-level apartments in Lima (except huge apartments for rich families), our client, a real estate company, looked for some inspiration visiting several projects in Miami, Colombia and Santiago de Chile. At the end, this experience made it possible to rethink the apartments layout, reinforcing the idea of large rooms (bigger and taller than usual), with integrated kitchens (to share with the guests), very large bathrooms (partially integrated with the bedrooms and hotel amenities), good walk-in closets (as an extension of the main bedrooms). In brief, incorporating facilities usually associated with luxury hotels in a residential building.
Likewise, prior to starting the development of interior details, our client and ourselves participated in international fairs of design and furniture, and visited exhibition halls of various suppliers, looking for particular elements that could embrace the initial concept.
THE STRATEGY: Urban / Local / Collective / Individual / Global We proposed a system of highly transparent spaces that visually connect different dimensions:
• Urban: The building has a complex and segmented image, always recognizable, allowing multiple readings. The design takes care of all the facades, without blind faces, and is respectful of its surroundings and friendly with pre-existing conditions. Althought there are only 8 types of apartments, each one has some characteristics that make them different on the facade, creating a condition of unity in which each element highlights. • Local / Pedestrian: The ground floor, completely liberated, transparent and integrated into the city, includes common spaces visually linked to the neighborhood. • Collective / Intime: The project recognizes and dignifies the act of entering ones home with a sequence of integrated common spaces. • Individual / Contemplative: the transparent building skin allows large openings. The outside landscape is always present from the inside. • Global / Democratic: the rooftop terrace is conceived as an relevant common space for recreational activities and social life. Having a 360°open view to the landscape, it is a gift to its inhabitants. A space to look back to the city and the Pacific Ocean.
PARTICULARITIES OF DESIGN The building facades were designed taking into account the climate of Lima and the impact of solar radiation. This involved a special care in the structure design, so that it could provide self-shading where needed and large opening where possible. Thermal comfort is also supported by air conditioning systems that are hidden under fins integrated into the building facade design.
The project seeks to give character to the spaces through the materials qualities. This is how the exterior surfaces are covered with national travertine marble and glass, while the interior uses the same marble and local woods.