estudio felipe escudero links a local cheese factory and its natural surroundings with the design of a workers’ dining space outside of quito, ecuador. with an all-glass façade, ‘lounge in the air’ offers factory employees a leisure area that looks out to the gardens and beyond, towards the ravine.

estudio felipe escudero designs factory workers' dining space in ecuador

all photos by saul endara

 

working on more extensions and a master plan for the company, the studio decided to build the dining space first after realizing the lack of leisure areas in the site. four iron rings rise over concrete plinths to set up the building’s structure, which allows it to have a ten-meter span without using columns.

estudio felipe escudero designs factory workers' dining space in ecuador
pine wood is used as the exterior skin

 

 

given the intensity of the equatorial sun, reflective glass with sliding panels is used in its two facades in order to protect the inner space from sun rays while allowing cross-ventilation. the other two façades feature pine wood treated with a soft fire burning process that gives it an iron-like tone and minimizes maintenance.

estudio felipe escudero designs factory workers' dining space in ecuador
the whole kitchen area is covered with gentle warmness in contrast with the outside

estudio felipe escudero designs factory workers' dining space in ecuador
hanging steel panels bathe the ceiling with indirect light, ensuring subtle luminosity in the dining room

estudio felipe escudero designs factory workers' dining space in ecuadorin the pictures workers of the factory appear with impeccable uniforms and postures

estudio felipe escudero designs factory workers' dining space in ecuador
following the client’s request for the roof to look beautiful, low maintenance vegetation was placed on top of the structural rings

estudio felipe escudero designs factory workers' dining space in ecuadorthe series of plant pots were installed to provide a nice shade to the thin fibrocement roof surface which is coated with ceramic panels

estudio felipe escudero designs factory workers' dining space in ecuador

estudio felipe escudero designs factory workers' dining space in ecuador

estudio felipe escudero designs factory workers' dining space in ecuadorthe company has seen a considerable improvement in workers’ attitudes since the completion of the project

 

estudio felipe escudero designs factory workers' dining space in ecuador
weather conditions of the site characterized by the strong equatorial sun and the valley breeze were carefully considered in the design

 

estudio felipe escudero designs factory workers' dining space in ecuador
the structure can be divided in three parts in order to fit a truck and be moved to other sites

 

 

project info:

 

 

architecture and construction: EFE – estudio felipe escudero

creative director: felipe escudero

project manager: esteban naranjo

design team: elisa toledo, gen moya

steel structure contractor: freddy masabanda

glass contractor: dimalvit – daniel franco

lighting contractor: cilo suarez

client: la holandesa 

 

 

 

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