The results for the competition that I finished in mid-December with Tudor Timotin and Karol Markos were announce recently (see the lower left corner of the site). We did not win. The winning proposal in all our opinions is pretty boring as are most of the other winning projects, with the exception of the Portuguese project that received an Honorable Mention.
It seems that they were looking for something much less ambitious than what we proposed.
The competition called for 8 residential buildings, 6 standard plus 2 corner pieces. Each building had 4 apartments each with a level of parking in between. The site was a hillside above a golf course in Lima, Peru. We could not move the buildings around the site too much, except for 3 meters to the left or right. This was the major limitation, as it left only 3 meters between each building.
Our approach was to create as much free space that was oriented towards North, downhill side of the site as possible. This would give the best views and most light. We were also able pull the side facades back about 1.5 meters each on all the levels except the parking, which gave us a total distance in between rooms of 6 meters.
We chose to create a structure that mimicked that of trees. This structure wrapped around the facade of the building creating a screen while leaving the interiors open to be arranged as we wished. This structure was not only visually impactful it also allowed us to control how much light and privacy each room had. These were both concerns as the main facade faced north and there was so little space between buildings.
I’ll post more on how we created these structures next.