black metal sheets run along elongated volume of community dining space in ecuador

black metal sheets run along elongated volume of community dining space in ecuador

Side FX Arquitectura Designs a Community Dining Room in Macas

 

Side FX Arquitectura takes over the design of the Temporary Shelter and Community Dining Room in Macas, Ecuador, a project that addresses the basic needs of the homeless community influenced by energy-generating plants. The collaborative effort between the public and private sectors, initiated through the Territorial Development Projects Program of the Ecuadorian Government, aims to reduce poverty through social investment.

black metal sheets run along elongated volume of community dining space in ecuador
all images by Nicolás Provoste

 

 

elongated design prioritizes simplicity and modularity

 

Situated in Macas, the cantonal capital of Morona Santiago, the project responds to the local climate and altitude, fostering a sense of community while meeting housing and food needs. The design prioritizes simplicity and modularity to accommodate a complex program. The building, structured longitudinally, features a central entrance, an articulating hall, and wings for the segregation of services, ensuring user control and avoiding the crossing of uses.

 

The private wing encompasses bedrooms, meeting and rest areas, while the public wing hosts medical services, a multipurpose room, an administrative area, a kitchen, and a dining room. Outdoor spaces, including green areas and a multipurpose court, encourage social interaction. The design team at Side FX Arquitectura attends to accessibility as a key consideration, with the project designed on a single level for universal use.

black metal sheets run along elongated volume of community dining space in ecuador
Side FX Arquitectura’s project addresses the basic needs of the homeless community in Macas

 

 

Controlled openings and Skylights ensure natural lighting

 

Strategically located at the highest land elevation with the least slope, the building offers a raised dining room with panoramic views. Controlled openings in the articulating hall face west, while east-facing openings in all rooms enhance connectivity with the environment. Skylights on the roof ensure natural lighting and effective cross ventilation. The design relies on simplicity, utilizing the typical typology of a house as a module, extruded to form the primary building volume. Black metal sheets create a contrasting facade against the adjacent rectangular volume.

black metal sheets run along elongated volume of community dining space in ecuador
the project responds to the local climate and altitude, fostering a sense of community

black metal sheets run along elongated volume of community dining space in ecuador
the design prioritizes simplicity and modularity to accommodate a complex program effectively

black metal sheets run along elongated volume of community dining space in ecuador
the building’s longitudinal structure features a central entrance, articulating hall, and functional wings

temporary-shelter-community-dining-room-side-fx-arquitectura-ecuador-designboom-1800-1

outdoor spaces, including green areas and a multipurpose court, encourage social interaction

black metal sheets run along elongated volume of community dining space in ecuador
accessibility is a key consideration, with the project designed on a single level for universal use

temporary-shelter-community-dining-room-side-fx-arquitectura-ecuador-designboom-1800-3

controlled openings in both west-facing and east-facing openings rooms enhance connectivity with the environment

 

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strategically located at the highest land elevation, the building offers a raised dining room with panoramic views
strategically located at the highest land elevation, the building offers a raised dining room with panoramic views
skylights on the roof ensure natural lighting and effective cross ventilation for a comfortable interior
skylights on the roof ensure natural lighting and effective cross ventilation for a comfortable interior
the private wing includes bedrooms, meeting areas, and rest spaces, ensuring a comfortable living environment
the private wing includes bedrooms, meeting areas, and rest spaces, ensuring a comfortable living environment

project info:

 

name: Temporary Shelter and Community Dining Room

architect: Side FX Arquitectura | @side_fx_arq

design team: Arch. Sebastián Benítez – Arch José Pedro Vásconez
location: Macas, Ecuador

photography: Nicolás Provoste | @nicolas_provoste

 

 

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edited by: christina vergopoulou | designboom

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