Panda house with false ceiling made of cane

Panda House By DA-LAB Arquitectos

We are connected to the sea for reasons that transcend its beauty. “When anxious, uneasy and bad thought come, I go to the sea, and the sea drowns them out with its great wide sounds, cleanses me with its noise, and imposes a rhythm upon everything in me that is bewildered and confused”- Rainer Maria Rilke. The sea’s therapeutic influence has people returning to it times again.

If you could build a house to express the serenity and beauty of the sea, how will it look like? DA-LAB Arquitectos conveyed the fascinating nature of the sea in the walls of Panda House. If you want to learn more, check out the facts below.

1. DA-LAB Arquitectos

White house architecture

Front view of the house

DA-LAB Arquitectos is an architecture and design firm, located in Barranco District, Peru. According to the firm’s Facebook description, DA-LAB Arquitectos is a multi-task team, dedicated to design, architecture, urbanism and construction.

 Panda House by DA-LAB Arquitectos 

Panda house with green grass outside

Living room with modern sofa

In Playa Blanca de Asia, Peru, you’ll find a beautiful house with an unusual name. Panda House is a renovation project meant to serve the needs of a contemporary family, while bringing a tribute to its history and surroundings. According to the architects, the “top priority was to keep the spirit of the existing house”.

 Minimalism Intertwined With A Coastal Vibe 

Outdoor swimming pool

Panda house with false ceiling made of cane

The most eye-catching design element of the Panda House is its false ceiling made of cane. It has an beautiful contrasting relationship with the white, minimalist walls. The composition is based on dichotomy, light versus massive, texture versus simplicity.

 Light As A Design Element In Panda House

Living room with natural light

Natural light is an important design element. It is the common denominator in the composition. During the day, a texture of light and shadow invades the interior of the Panda House.

Warm Versus Cold

Interior with white walls

The strong relationship between the two materials continues inside the Panda House. The white, minimalist walls inspire a certain coldness, counterbalanced by the warmth of the cane ceiling.

 “The Soul Of The House”

Double height space

According to DA-LAB Arquitectos, the “double height space is ‘the soul of the house’ “. The space organizes and connects all the common areas.

 Visual Connection And Space Definition In Panda House 

Spaces with different functionalities

Spaces with different functionalities share a strong visual connection. Functional areas and circulation are defined by manipulating the materiality of the ceiling.

Beams- Separating And Defining Functional Areas 

House with wooden beams

Beams are used to provide further definition of the functional areas. They also add a sense of enclosure and privacy.

 Additions In Panda House 

Large family terrace

According to the architects, “the house, which originally had only one story, now has two storys and has won 2 extra rooms, a TV room, a bar, a BBQ bar, a pool and a large family terrace to have lunch and rest overlooking the sea.”

 Atmosphere Changes When The Sun Goes Down

House interior with warm light

The Panda House completely changes when the sun goes down. Warm light invades the rooms and takes over the coldness of the white walls.

Panda House is simple and vibrant at the same time. It’s a beautiful exploration of materiality and contrast. It’s more than a house. It’s an experience. What do you think about Panda House, by DA-LAB Arquitectos?

Don’t forget to support DA-LAB Arquitectos and learn more about their work by checking their website and Facebook page. Also, show some love to the photographer, Renzo Rebagliati.

Currently studying architecture, I'm enamored of all visual arts. My path in architecture started with drawing. The childish play soon developed into a passion and then into a choice of profession. Architecture taught me a lot of things that can be applied in interior design. I'll share with you my perception of space along with tips on how to manipulate it to suit your needs. Enjoy!


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