In an idyllic landscape of mountains, rivers and woods, somewhere in Lima, Peru sits the Chontay House designed by Marina Vella Arquitecta. A cute pair of stone clad cottages that blend seamlessly with the surrounding landscape creating an oasis of sorts within this rural region.
The intent behind the design was to not only respect the environment but also become a part of it. This would be achieved by creating a dwelling that makes use of natural materials available (stone, adobe, eucalyptus and cane) as well as traditional construction techniques. The total area of the dwelling also takes up a fairly small footprint, making use 2 volumes seperated by a shared, central, outdoor garden.
These two volumes sit on 2 different levels of the site, with a tall 68sqm volume containing living room, dining room and kitchen, as the ‘first’ part of the house you meet if coming from the main access path that goes through a small planting garden. This volume ensure light and cross ventilation via its large windows.