Architect Martin Dulanto designed “Lapa House” in a seaside district of Lima, Peru, following the rules of understated luxury all bar one eye-catching feature: a giant yellow slide-like staircase connecting two floors.
In order to allow the building to respect the steep hillside on which it is perched, the architects designed the home to be 15% smaller than the neighbouring properties, prioritizing instead sweeping ocean views. The home’s ground floor is a covered terrace fronted by sliding glass doors, conceived as a space for entertaining, relaxing and (sun)bathing. The upstairs floor hosts three bedrooms, each with their own bathrooms. In contrast to the otherwise muted color and texture palette, an oversized, bright yellow staircase swirls down between floors, providing a striking and playful feature that gives the family home a distinctive edge.