architect felipe escudero re-envisions the use of concrete in architecture, with his el quinche house in ecuador. surrounded by wilderness and overlooking a charming scenery of the valley, the project consists of a weekend-house that can be equally used as an event venue.
for climatic reasons, the wall’s outer surfaces display relatively random patterns
felipe escudero’s design is characterized by the visual quality of the concrete facades — both in and out. indeed, during construction, all walls were shaped while pouring concrete by hand — resulting in a variety of beautiful textures. in addition, for climatic purposes, the exterior facades were created in such a way that they display relatively random grid motifs.
windows protect the house against strong winds present in the area, while allowing it to circulate in and out
the rest of the elements within the el quinche house were added based on the dimensions of the form-work panels, thus minimizing work on site and unnecessary costs. this results in a house with large windows and doors — giving the structure an appearance of being smaller than its real dimensions. finally, the position of the house allows it to receive direct sunlight during afternoons and collecting heat for the night.
elevation view of the el quinche house
during construction all walls were made while pouring concrete by hand, resulting in a variety of textures
the ceremonial entrance serves as a passageway between the exterior and the scenery that opens up in front
interior lights are warm-colored, contrasting the coldness of concrete
making concrete beautiful and durable meant finishing could be minimized in all spaces — like the kitchen
in bathrooms, ceiling openings allow for sunlight to fill the room
all views were specifically chosen to frame the surroundings
lighting was inspired by medieval towns, thus indicating where things are without illuminating all of the space
repetitive patterns appeared along the wall’s inner surfaces
location: el quinche – ecuador
type: single family / week-end house
size: 70 sqm
construction: sebastián ordonez / felipe escudero
edited by: lea zeitoun | designboom
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