set in ecuador, 'la balconera' features a modular outdoor gallery that links to the streets

set in ecuador, 'la balconera' features a modular outdoor gallery that links to the streets

natura futura revives traditional archetypes in ‘la balconera’

 

‘La Balconera’ is a mixed-used building completed by Natura Futura Arquitectura for a family residing in Montalvo, Ecuador. The studio transformed the owners’ 209 sqm lot into a residential and commercial space hosting a restaurant and three housing units for the mother operating the joint and her daughters. 

 

The project responds to Montalvo’s horizontal and dispersed low-density urban growth which lef to the abandonment of traditional archetypes like the outdoor gallery and porch, both of which promote a connection with the street and community life. 

 

Therefore, Natura Futura sought to revive that public-private link by recovering both archetypes in ‘La Balconera’, which stands today as a ‘collective and productive living system that offers a new possibility of diversifying urban centers‘, notes the team. 

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all images © JAG studio 

 

 

a mixed-used space defined by a dual program and modular porch system 

 

For this project, the architects (see more here) proposed dividing the program in half: restaurant to the left and housing to the right. The commercial area holds a kitchen space and a double-height ceiling connected horizontally by a porticoed bridge that links the dining spaces with the outdoor gallery. The residential area, meanwhile, comprises a first-floor and two upper-floor apartments. Both parts of the program are linked to the outdoor gallery through folding and hinged lattice doors. Structurally, Natura Futura configured the gallery space by installing a system of modular porches using beams and tensors of wooden planks and metal plates.

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set in ecuador, ‘la balconera’ features a modular outdoor gallery that links to the streets
 
set in ecuador, ‘la balconera’ features a modular outdoor gallery that links to the streets
 
set in ecuador, ‘la balconera’ features a modular outdoor gallery that links to the streets
 
set in ecuador, ‘la balconera’ features a modular outdoor gallery that links to the streets
 
set in ecuador, ‘la balconera’ features a modular outdoor gallery that links to the streets
 

project info:

 

name: La Balconera

location: Montalvo, Ecuador
architecture: Natura Futura

photography: JAG studio 

 

 

designboom has received this project from our DIY submissions feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

 

edited by: lea zeitoun | designboom

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