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House Between Trees, Tumbaco, Ecuador by A1 Arquitectura Avanzada

Project name:
House Between Trees
Architecture firm:
A1 Arquitectura Avanzada
Tumbaco, Quito, Ecuador
Principal architect:
Jose Daniel Teran
Design team:
Miguel Arboleda, Karen Oquendo, Juan Pablo Jiménez
Alejandro Parreño, Mauricio Suasti, Alexis Sampedro, Felipe Moya, Ariana Urgilés, Meliza Arévalo, Nicole Rojas, Rafael Riofrío, José Barriga, Mateo Porras, Alessi Recalde, Nicole Vizcaíno, Estefanía Donoso
Interior design:
A1 Arquitectura Avanzada
Built area:
505 m²
Site area:
991.50 m²
Design year:
Completion year:
Civil engineer:
Jose Daniel Teran / Miguel Arboleda / Jennifer Carrión
Structural engineer:
Patricio Paredes
Environmental & MEP:
A1 Arquitectura Avanzada
A1 Arquitectura Avanzada
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A1 Arquitectura Avanzada
A1 Arquitectura Avanzada
Tools used:
AutoCAD, SketchUp, V-aay, Adobe Suite
A1 Arquitectura Avanzada
Volcanic stone, concrete, wood, iron, glass.
Residential › Single-family House

A1 Arquitectura Avanzada: The project was conceived with the idea of being situated among various endemic trees on the site. One of the fundamental strategies applied is to position itself "among the trees" and to respect the existing nature. The reflective architecture takes into account several parameters of the physical environment and enhances the spatial qualities and capabilities, merging the built with the natural in a symbiotic system.

The geometric composition and spatial planning of this project expand the possibilities for optimization, transformation, adaptation, and expansion of the architectural space.

"House Between Trees" offers a multitude of spatial relationships and sensory experiences within. It has been designed to make the most of every space, seeking efficiency and versatility. One of the main strategies applied is spatial expansion and compression in the vertical, horizontal, and diagonal directions.

The color composition and material selection in this project aim to highlight the combination of nature and built elements. Symbiotically, they support each other to collectively stand out, creating a harmonious ecosystem for daily life. The texture and tonality of each material enhance contrast as a strategy. Roughness is contrasted with smoothness, regularity with irregularity, warmth with cold, reflections, the sequence of elements, porosity, and lighting. This allows for each element to stand out differently in relation to the others at different times of the day.

Harmony is the result of balancing two essential components. In this project, we seek to create a symbiotic ecosystem in which nature and architecture coexist in the same space, respecting, adapting, and mutually enhancing each other.

By Alfredo Gonzalez

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