The architects from Longhi Architect responsible for Casa CC have done their utmost to contrast their urban pad with the Peruvian beach they built it on. You don’t need an extreme form of OCD to realize this type of clear-cut, nothing-out-of-place dwelling won’t take kindly to grains of sand shuffled in from the seashore. But it’s been parked mid-beach, that’s to say where the sun can’t take its rays off it, and it looks cold enough to freeze any plans for air con.
In Casa CC, concrete seems to have gone on a sprawling spree, dividing up rooms and slicing the space available just for the fun of it – there are round holes jutting out on one side of the building, a striped mock-roof elsewhere as if to ensure a zebra tan, partitions around a couch like screens around a cubicle. But then, in the middle of all that concrete running amok, you quickly seize a daub of color out of the corner of your eye – and that intense chunk of red, orange or red is bold enough to be going head-to-head with the grey concrete.
The battle is nothing short of exhilarating, even on the outside, where the pool of crystal blue steals the limelight from the house itself. The sunlight, on the other hand, catches in every angle of the concrete blocks and plasters itself on every strip of wall, which, considering the slabs of stone are numerous and unevenly superposed, plays out like chiaroscuro.