Located on a valley to the east of Quito, within an area that enjoys a temperate climate all year round. It is quite a privileged setting due to the proximity of the local mountain ranges.
Unfortunately, the surrounding built context consists mainly of colonial style houses with a total disregard for the local topography, landscape or climate.
The site is relatively small, enclosed by three roads, with mandatory 5
m (15 ft) setback, a strong negative gradient and an unavoidable
location due to road levels and accessibility to the garages.
Two primary decisions were made; to place the house on the highest fringe of the site next to the only neighbouring lot, and to consolidate and level the ground with retaining walls that act as a plinth, a typical architectural practice in Quito, which allows the site to be raised over the busiest roads and the immediate buildings, projecting the space towards the landscape beyond.
The need to maximize the outdoor areas, lead to the definition of the 3 basic elements that make up the house:
The orange base, set back next to the only bearing wall and protecting the living spaces from the strong western sun, includes all the service areas, ground floor circulation, garages and a shaded entrance patio.
The white bar, raised on extremely slender pilotis (calculated for earthquake resistance) containing bedrooms and private areas closed to the neighbouring house and the western sun by circulation and baths, opened to the views and morning sun, with public areas limited by glass below.
The third element encloses the main living areas and defines the vertical connections, a hovering and folding concrete plane that encloses and projects the interior spaces across the site creating different relationships with the gardens, the mountains and the sky.
Photographs by Sebastián Crespo
PIQUE- High Desert Pavilion, Central Oregon
Designed by the talented architecture firm PIQUE, this single family
residence rests on a prairie site in the high desert of Central Oregon
and takes its design cues from the distant landscapes, the
colors/textures/layers of the adjacent fields and the client’s demand
to feel as though they live outdoors.
BGP Arquitectura - Black House
Located on the hill above a small village at some 150km from Mexico
City, the main feature of this retreat is its magnificent view. Its aim
is to live with the landscape under a canopy with as few interior
elements as possible.
Arquitectura X - X House, in the Tumbaco Valley, Quito, Ecuador
Arquitectura X went through the challenging task of designing this
house before any site got allocated to the project. It pushed them in
setting out an elemental scheme that could work both in both the urban
environment of Ecuador’s capital, Quito and the valleys east of the