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Grafton Architects

America centrale | Lima

In the 1950s, Eileen Gray named the third of three ingenious houses for her own use in the south of France, Lou Pérou. The Irish-born designer, one of the most modest of High Modernists, was perhaps wistful in that nomenclature for travel and faraway places. For Gray, Peru seemed almost as exotic as fabled El Dorado. 

Six decades later, her fellow countrywomen Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, together with their team at Grafton Architects, completed the first phase of a remarkable structure in Lima, the sprawling capital of Peru. There is little that is overtly fanciful in this contemporary Peru. Distant from their base in Dublin, the Irish architects have erected a large yet generous concrete matrix stacked with classrooms and raised terraces and shaded communal spaces. Surely Eileen Gray would have delighted in their brave and optimistic...

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