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An Intriguing House in Peru

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OK. From the outside, this house in Peru is a little blunt.

But a curious sail appears poised above it.

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The sail creates a shaded roof deck that is open all around.

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In the distance, strangely similar mysterious boxy white houses form the neighbourhood, with similar protection from the intense afternoon sun.

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Designed by Gómez de la Torre & Guerrero Arquitectos, the center of the house is open to the sky.

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The stairs lead up to a rooftop pool, and down to a central courtyard, revealing a Spanish ancestry to the house in Canete, Peru.

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An interesting glass walkway is supported on struts, and keeps rain off the entrance to the rooms below leading off the courtyard.

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Glass also encases the stairway to the roof.

Overhead, a retractable roof brings in sun and air in good weather.

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Shades of M.C. Escher, its central staircases are intriguing.

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Appearing to be completely and totally open to passersby, this is a house that seems to take cross ventilation to new levels.

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At night, lit by eerily cool fluorescent lighting, it appears to float above the ground. The concrete deck continues inside.

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While the cool and monochromatic house appears to be fully open, it is a clever illusion.

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Full length sliding glass walls separate the indoors from the outdoor area shown above with the three bar stools.

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A clerestory window becomes a full height glass wall behind the concrete fireplace to make a finite edge to this side of the house.

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The entire ground floor appears to be open to the neighbours, but it can be enclosed and private.

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The house is set among other outwardly similar houses in the neighbourhood.

Do they have similarly extraordinary interiors behind their bland exteriors?

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