As a nation Peru is blessed with a landscape that leaves you mesmerized at every turn with stunning mountains breathtaking valleys and an air of mysticism that seems to be epitomized by its rich heritage and renowned World Heritage sites.
Designed by Morrison Dilworth + Walls with modern panache the nifty Texas home offered challenges that went well beyond just the seamless connection between the interior and the world outside as an irregularly-shaped lot and a grand oak tree defined the final silhouette of the .
The major focus inside was on lighting and ventilation with a series of skylights and the stairwell bringing sunlight from the top level into the lower floor. Large open and sweeping spaces are clad in white to accentuate the positives while the existing wooden trusses are combined with a modern ceiling to bring in the best of both worlds.
Uncomplicated in its design and responding to the unique demands of the countryside in which it sits Casa Chontay manages to combine serenity and comfort with traditional construction techniques.
With a spacious den bedroom bathroom and utility space the basement offers a private retreat for the family while connecting them to the forest landscape outside. It is the top floor that contains the living area kitchen dining space and two additional bedrooms along with a modest wooden deck.
Both environmental and bushfire norms dictate the overall contours of the by Alexandra Buchanan Architecture which flows into the landscape that surrounds it and blurs the traditional indoor-outdoor boundaries.
Move beyond this and you will notice the use of a stone accent wall that veers away from the contemporary narrative and yet seems to fit in with the modern setting all too easily! It is the wooden décor pieces though that clearly steal the spotlight here as they usher in textural and geometric contrast without ever disturbing the serene ambiance of the home.