Architect Jorge Marsino Prado created this charming modern villa in Peru and, now that we’ve seen it, our dreams of backyard barbeque parties will never be the same. The single story structure is a private residence with floor-to-ceiling windows that reveal the home’s most interesting architectural element: a bright white spiral staircase leading to an amazing rooftop patio. There, an outdoor kitchen, shaded dining area, and expansive lounge seating sets the stage for an endless summer of glorious outdoor memories.
Zoning regulations restricted the site to one story, so the designers made the most of it by including a basement for additional storage and reaching up to the roof for extra entertaining space. A huge slatted shade covers most of the upper deck, providing protection from the blazing Peruvian sun. The home has an open interior floor plan, where a dining room, kitchen, and living room, share space without extra walls cluttering the view. It’s tough to imagine this dining area gets much use, though, with the spacious roof deck above.
A separate master suite sports a wooden feature wall and the same floor-to-ceiling windows that surround the rest of the home. The amazing spiral staircase is enclosed in a small courtyard, turning it into a piece of structure art visible from inside the home as well as from the front yard. Grey painted steps contrast against the white stairwell.
As seen in some of the photos, the adjacent houses share a similar structure, with open rooftop patios atop their single-story dwellings. This creates a fun element not unlike sharing a low fence with the property next door. Imagine kicking back in your rooftop lounge, shaded from the blazing sun, and waving to your neighbor across the way. Sounds like a pretty good way to enjoy the beauty of Peru’s desert landscape between the Isle of Asia and the coastal foothills of the Andes.