- Designing a kitchen around a tree. Ghezzi Novak, Lima.
“An exercise in kitchen architecture”, s how the two Peruvian architects Arturo and Gustavo Ghezzi Novak describe their project to extend an existing building, rearranging it to incorporate a new entry and a new kitchen.
The designers adapted an old brick storage room and turned an old tree into the feature of the new bungalow-kitchen. The result is a totally separate building from the main house.
This approach enabled the designers to create some historical references – for example, the open beam ceiling and Sverre Fehn’s Nordic Pavilion in Venice, on a domestic scale and the dual purpose windows as openings and pieces of furniture, this time referencing the lighting and ventilation systems adopted by Le Corbusier and Louis Kahn.
This new building is constructed from brick and wood, elemental materials with great visual impact that comfortably blend in with the existing construction.
Location: Lima, Peru
Studio: Ghezzi Novak
Architects: Arturo Ghezzi Novak and Gustavo Ghezzi Novak
Photograph credit: Renzo Rebagliati