A filmmaker, a psychotherapist, an anthropologist and a dancer regularly visit Los Pulpos spa 40 kilometers south of Lima, Peru. The two couples wanted a set of adjacent beach houses. The architecture studio Pez Estudio saw this as an opportunity for a unique house.
As a result, Casas Calx is located in front of the Pachacámac Islands, which is known for biodiversity of birds and aquatic wildlife. This beautiful spot inspired the arrangement of the two beach houses. They are designed in two blocks around a central patio where a number of plant species have been placed. Thus the rooms within the homes have natural light and ventilation.
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Additionally, Casas Calx have a symmetry to them. The rooms are open and modular. It allows for outdoor spaces to be used as living areas in an extension of the indoors. A patio on the lower level and wooden walkways on the upper levels connect the spaces.
Furthermore, materials used here are lime, bamboo and wood. They are both resistant to climate and seismic movements and are low impact. Lime blocks sped up construction times and allowed the designers to work with less concrete. Lime also has a long life cycle and can also be sourced locally, minimizing the footprint of transportation. This also allowed for a structure that has minimal contact with the ground and minimizes the footprint of the houses. The homes sit on a sandy slope, which can take advantage of environmentally-friendly lime as a building material. Lime has a long life cycle, and it’s manufacture is not polluting. Lime can also be sourced locally, minimizing the footprint of transportation.
Moreover, the goal for this project was to minimize impact on the environment while creating a special retreat. The materials used for the home were chosen to regulate humidity, insulate the interior thermally and acoustically and produce lower energy demand for lower energy costs and emissions.
“Casas Calx is a project that supports contemporary design through material culture and sustainability in production and construction techniques in a unique environment,” the designers said. We love all the thought that went into this twin beach home project, but honestly the best part about it is how effortless the results appear.
Images via Gonzalo Caceres Dancuart