one house

one city

one territory


one text




“Secret tower”




A typology for a big city.

Living in the center of a metropolis in a villa with a garden, next to water, with a great view but still private and secluded.

A garden in the sky with a hidden house, a bridge beetween water and ground.

The project is built up of units. Each unit is a free space where rooms and gardens can be assembled in various ways. The circulation is kept on the side of the units in order to keep the space inside flexible and free in plan. It is a very site specific building but the system could be applied also to other sites. It is a building that offers a freedom for the user. It can change according to needs and desires.

It is a double height garden unit. It is closed to the neighboring sites providing privacy but open to the park and the sea for light and views. To achieve open-air gardens the units are shifted back and forth and therefore each unit has one part where it is open to the air a minimum of 12 m. The terraces are moving south and north in order to take advantage of the particular location of Lima where the sun span across the sky to both north and south depending on time of the year.

The actual house sits comfortably behind a layer of private gardens.

Each unit has a flexibility-floor where all pipes and services run. From the floor the pipes are connected to a shaft in the circulation zone. The floor also holds the gardens and the pool. It is possible to have the gardens, the pool or other recessed objects anywhere wanted, within the structure of the floor.

The floor and walls are due to their double structure naturally ventilated.

The only object that interrupts the units is a solarpipe that goes through the entire building with high reflective mirrors and a translucent glass in order to bring light into the deeper parts of the building.

The entrance floor holds a cafe and the rooftop holds a communal pool and garden area.

The project creates 10 private garden houses in the sky with direct connection to both the pacific Ocean and the Golf Park / city of Lima all the way to the Andes.






Sky Condos - Arquia


Lima - Perù


Francesco Di Gregorio - Gianni Di Gregorio - Karin Matz - Francesco Musetti


Maurizio Casarella

Built area:

10.000 sqm