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A Study in Crisp, Contemporary Design: Exquisite House M in Lima

Contemporary homes are all about simplicity of form, frugality and a certain minimalism that is reflected by the use of simple geometric shapes and clean, straight lines. The form of a ‘cube’ is undoubtedly the most popular in this regard, and House M in San Isidro, Lima, Peru, is one such residence where uncomplicated, modern design holds sway. Nestled in a neighborhood filled with homes from the 1950s and overlooking a public park, this outstanding family house is shaped and defined by a sense of individuality and privacy.

Cantilevered structure extends into the backyard and offers shade for the outdoor zone below

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Designed by Jaime Ortiz de Zevallos, the home features an interior that is completely hidden from the world outside. Yet the rear part of the house opens up toward the garden and pool area, with a cantilevered bedroom section providing shade for the outdoor living space below. Since the home sits on a corner lot, this clever blend of privacy and openness was an absolute must, even as the rooftop garden and a series of skylights bring a sense of freshness and cheerful warmth to the modern interior.

Elegant and minimal design of contemporary home on a lot next to public park in Lima

View of the entry of House M in Lima, Peru

Living area of contemporary home in Lima, Peru with simple design and clean aesthetics

Double height lower level of the house gives the interior an airy vibe

Skylight brings ventilation into the corridor with bookshelf

Wooden staircase connects the lower level with the top floor

Contemporary House M in Lima with a relaxing pool in the backyard

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It is the first level that houses the living area, along with the kitchen, the dining space and the gorgeous garden, while the half-sunken basement provides ample parking space, a home office and service areas. The third and fourth levels hold the bedrooms and private spaces and also offer both textural and visual contrast with their wood screen and cantilevered form. Refreshing, inviting and undoubtedly contemporary, it is the box-like design and cubic form that win at House M. [Photography: Juan Solano Ojasi]

Smart design of modern house in Lima offers complete privacy

View from outside of House M showcases its minimal, contemporary design

Basement floor plan of House M with ample parking space

First level floor plan of contemporary home in Lima with rooftop garden and living areas

Private level floor plan of House M in Lima

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