diego guayasamin UNASUR general secretary headquarters ecuador designboom
in ecuador, the headquarters of south american intergovernmental organization UNASUR have been completed by local studio diego guayasamin arquitectos. conceived as a continuous and integrated environment, the design is set back from the plot’s edge, creating a large entrance plaza that serves as a public place for congregation. in addition, the socially inclusive scheme also includes a library, theater and a variety of recreational areas.

 

the design is characterized by a cantilever that soars dramatically over the shallow pools that surround the building, symbolizing a sense of freedom. this effect is accentuated by the water’s reflective surface, mirroring the suspended monolithic volume. internally, a neutral palette of colors is used so as not to detract from the clear programmatic configuration, while the generous use of glass helps convey a message of political and social transparency.

diego guayasamin UNASUR general secretary headquarters ecuador designboom
the building is set back from the plot’s edge, creating a large entrance plaza
image by sebastián crespo

diego guayasamin UNASUR general secretary headquarters ecuador designboom
the structure is composed of a series of connected volumes
image by sebastián crespo

diego guayasamin UNASUR general secretary headquarters ecuador designboom
the water’s reflective surface, mirrors the suspended monolithic volume
image by sebastián crespo

diego guayasamin UNASUR general secretary headquarters ecuador designboom
detail of the building’s reflective façade
image by sebastián crespo

diego guayasamin UNASUR general secretary headquarters ecuador designboom
a neutral palette of colors is used, so as not to detract from the clear programmatic configuration
image by sebastián crespo

diego guayasamin UNASUR general secretary headquarters ecuador designboom
a central atrium is topped with a glazed canopy
image by sebastián crespo

diego guayasamin UNASUR general secretary headquarters ecuador designboom
the use of glass helps convey a message of political and social transparency
image by sebastián crespo

diego guayasamin UNASUR general secretary headquarters ecuador designboom
the headquarters are located in the ecuadorian city of quito
image by sebastián crespo

 

 

UPDATE: this project has been shortlisted in the ‘completed buildings – office’ category and for the ‘engineering prize’ at the 2019 world architecture festival.

 

project info:

 

architect: diego guayasamin, arq
location: quito – ecuador
construction: ETINAR S.A.
structural design: ing. vinicio suárez
construction area: 20,000 sqm
completed: november 2014
photography: sebastián crespo

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