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A Modern Concrete Home in Peru

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Behind a traditional colonial in Lima, an angular house attuned to its site takes shape.
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  For a family in Lima, a 
team from local firm
 51-1 Arquitectos built 
Casa Serpiente, which 
meanders around 25 existing trees. Husband Irzio’s study is among the few ground-level rooms in the 4,300-square-foot house.  Photo by: Cristóbal PalmaCourtesy of: Crisobal Palma

    For a family in Lima, a 
team from local firm
 51-1 Arquitectos built 
Casa Serpiente, which 
meanders around 25 existing trees. Husband Irzio’s study is among the few ground-level rooms in the 4,300-square-foot house.

    Photo by: Cristóbal Palma

    Courtesy of: Crisobal Palma

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  The dining area holds an adjunct kitchen designed for Lisette, a chef; the table base was repurposed from one from her former restaurant.  Photo by: Cristóbal PalmaCourtesy of: Cristobal Palma

    The dining area holds an adjunct kitchen designed for Lisette, a chef; the table base was repurposed from one from her former restaurant.

    Photo by: Cristóbal Palma

    Courtesy of: Cristobal Palma

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  The entrance is reached via a long ramp perforated by uplights.  Photo by: Cristóbal PalmaCourtesy of: Cristobal Palma

    The entrance is reached via a long ramp perforated by uplights.

    Photo by: Cristóbal Palma

    Courtesy of: Cristobal Palma

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  A structural steel wall in the living area doubles as a built-in bookcase. The side chairs, floor lamps, and dining chairs were salvaged from the Hotel Crillón in Lima. The daybed and coffee table were designed by Maria Eugenia Alvarez-Calderón, who helped Irzio and Lisette with the interiors. The fireplace is from Fireorb and, as throughout, the floor is poured white acrylic by Química Suiza.  Photo by: Cristóbal PalmaCourtesy of: Cristobal Palma

    A structural steel wall in the living area doubles as a built-in bookcase. The side chairs, floor lamps, and dining chairs were salvaged from the Hotel Crillón in Lima. The daybed and coffee table were designed by Maria Eugenia Alvarez-Calderón, who helped Irzio and Lisette with the interiors. The fireplace is from Fireorb and, as throughout, the floor is poured white acrylic by Química Suiza.

    Photo by: Cristóbal Palma

    Courtesy of: Cristobal Palma

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  In the master bedroom is a four-poster bed by Javier Rubio and a vintage Warren Platner chair.  Photo by: Cristóbal PalmaCourtesy of: Cristobal Palma

    In the master bedroom is a four-poster bed by Javier Rubio and a vintage Warren Platner chair.

    Photo by: Cristóbal Palma

    Courtesy of: Cristobal Palma

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  At once part of the city and protected from it, the house benefits from plenty of open space and light and creates its own courtyard enclosure.  Photo by: Cristóbal PalmaCourtesy of: Cristobal Palma

    At once part of the city and protected from it, the house benefits from plenty of open space and light and creates its own courtyard enclosure.

    Photo by: Cristóbal Palma

    Courtesy of: Cristobal Palma

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  The walls are covered in Graniplast, a tinted acrylic finish. Nathan Pereira Arquitectos y Diseño advised on the facade, floors, and finishes. All the bedrooms are off one hallway; the three children’s rooms were designed by Vanessa Clark.  Photo by: Cristóbal PalmaCourtesy of: Cristobal Palma

    The walls are covered in Graniplast, a tinted acrylic finish. Nathan Pereira Arquitectos y Diseño advised on the facade, floors, and finishes. All the bedrooms are off one hallway; the three children’s rooms were designed by Vanessa Clark.

    Photo by: Cristóbal Palma

    Courtesy of: Cristobal Palma

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  Given Lima’s dry climate, the architects were able to introduce clever indoor-outdoor gestures such as an open stairwell, and semicovered walkways that allow the trees to provide cover.  Photo by: Cristóbal PalmaCourtesy of: Cristobal Palma

    Given Lima’s dry climate, the architects were able to introduce clever indoor-outdoor gestures such as an open stairwell, and semicovered walkways that allow the trees to provide cover.

    Photo by: Cristóbal Palma

    Courtesy of: Cristobal Palma

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  Lisette requested the central work island, which cantilevers over the pool.  Photo by: Cristóbal PalmaCourtesy of: Cristobal Palma

    Lisette requested the central work island, which cantilevers over the pool.

    Photo by: Cristóbal Palma

    Courtesy of: Cristobal Palma

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  This open-ended box, lined in mirrored glass, performs like a kaleidoscope, amplifying the mature Melia tree’s presence within the dining room.  Photo by: Cristóbal PalmaCourtesy of: Cristobal Palma

    This open-ended box, lined in mirrored glass, performs like a kaleidoscope, amplifying the mature Melia tree’s presence within the dining room.

    Photo by: Cristóbal Palma

    Courtesy of: Cristobal Palma

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  The concrete wall echoes the curves of the pool’s portholes.  Photo by: Cristóbal PalmaCourtesy of: Cristobal Palma

    The concrete wall echoes the curves of the pool’s portholes.

    Photo by: Cristóbal Palma

    Courtesy of: Cristobal Palma

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  The sunken family room is enlivened by Alvarez-Calderón’s addition of fabrics from Designers Guild and glossy paint.  Photo by: Cristóbal PalmaCourtesy of: Cristobal Palma

    The sunken family room is enlivened by Alvarez-Calderón’s addition of fabrics from Designers Guild and glossy paint.

    Photo by: Cristóbal Palma

    Courtesy of: Cristobal Palma

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  As exemplified by the floor plan, the house coils around like a snake, earning it its nickname.  Photo by: Cristóbal Palma

    As exemplified by the floor plan, the house coils around like a snake, earning it its nickname.

    Photo by: Cristóbal Palma

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