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Chiclayo 862
Miraflores, Lima (2008-2011)

Much of Lima’s densification in the last 15 years has been through the demolition of single-family, detached houses. One by one and randomly, hundreds of apartment blocks (mostly between 5-7 floors) have been built on 15-20 metre wide plots, between party walls. The strict regulations and real estate demands do not leave much ambition for architecture: obtaining an efficient layout and the best possible relation with the city. 
In Calle Chiclayo, Miraflores, we were asked to design one of these seven-story buildings. It had to include two basements levels, two apartments per floor, a vertical core, a lobby and the required parking spaces. The terrible noise of Lima's streets and the vertiginous unregulated process of densification that this city has experienced in recent years, makes it important to work in more flexible ways to control privacy – a central consideration in our design strategy.
We were interested in finding a replicable and moderate solution that equally, didn’t inhibit the individuality of the inhabitants. To achieve this, we integrated the properties of Lima’s traditional ‘colonial balcony’ into the façade, a recessed balcony that allows control of visual privacy, the sun, ventilation and street noise. The balcony screens - as in a giant retablo- can be opened at will and reveal how much each user wants to relate his/her interior to the outside.

DESIGN TEAM: César Becerra, Manuel de Rivero, Fernando Puente Arnao with Diego Contreras, Manuel Carbajal, Cecilia Antúnez de Mayolo, Carolina Wimpon, Rosa Aguirre, Nohelia Gutiérrez

SURFACE: 2745m2 LOCATION: Chiclayo 862, Miraflores, Lima YEAR: 2008-2011 CONSTRUCTION: 51-1ADVISORS: Salcedo Ingenieros (Structure), Carlos Silva (mechanical & electrical), Luis Velez (plumbing), Eddie Tafur (security)   CLIENT: Becerra Puente Arnao Arquitectos PHOTOGRAPHY: 51-1

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