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  7. Algarrobos House / José María Sáez + Daniel Moreno Flores

Algarrobos House / José María Sáez + Daniel Moreno Flores

  • 03:00 - 31 October, 2012
Algarrobos House / José María Sáez + Daniel Moreno Flores
© Sebastian Crespo
© Sebastian Crespo
  • Architects

  • Location

    Ecuador, Puembo, Calle del Bagazo, Lote G3.
  • Construction

    Luis Guamán
  • Collaborators

    Margarida Marques, Estefanía Jácome, Santiago Vaca, Claudia Ponce, Estefanía Luna, Adrián Beltrán, Joe Jivaja, Dennise Paredes, Valentina Benalcazar
  • Engineer

    César Izurieta
  • Area

    833.0 m2
  • Year

  • Photography

    © Sebastian Crespo, © Raed Gindeya Muñoz, Cortesia de Jose Maria Saez & Daniel Moreno

Courtesy of Jose Maria Saez & Daniel Moreno © Sebastian Crespo © Raed Gindeya Muñoz © Raed Gindeya Muñoz +39

From the architect. Eight identical steel members, 18 meters long, placed along the x y z axis, confine the space for the house and at the same time open it as they project in different directions. They are abstract beams that are oriented looking for their relationship with the surroundings.

© Sebastian Crespo
© Sebastian Crespo

This structure grants a necessary intermediation between landscape and individual: in its long dimension it generates the large cantilevers towards the ravine or the masts that mark the presence of the house, in its short dimension two beams are equivalent to one usable height.

© Raed Gindeya Muñoz
© Raed Gindeya Muñoz

Supported by the steel structure, a subsystem of wooden members completes the spatial definition, diluting by repetition and consistency its condition of enclosure. Sequences of equal beams allow the floors and roofs to be sustained or suspended.

© Raed Gindeya Muñoz
© Raed Gindeya Muñoz

Glass planes protect the wood and complete the enclosure system. These planes, in many cases movable, reinforce the relationship with the exterior, be it by transparency or by reflection. The use of reflecting pools on the metal roofs insists on the strategy of mirroring the surroundings, diluting in part the presence of the architecture.

© Sebastian Crespo
© Sebastian Crespo

The connection of the user with the place is what generates the project, we seek to intensify the user’s connection with reality (place, material, activity) through a basic formal and construction system that at the same time reveals the origin of our thought process.


Environment, function, user are the starting points that drive the design. Form and construction work out a concrete solution. When formal and material decisions in the design process become interrelated operations, we obtain a specific solution which is at the same time coherent and viable, abstract and real. More than an object we generate a system that is determined by a limited number of elements and rules of conjunction. By decanting elements through simplification and systematization and simultaneously enhancing their ability to generate relationships, we seek an architecture that is universal, one that intensifies our relationship with a starting point in reality.

Courtesy of Jose Maria Saez & Daniel Moreno
Courtesy of Jose Maria Saez & Daniel Moreno
Cite: "Algarrobos House / José María Sáez + Daniel Moreno Flores" 31 Oct 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>
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Thiefsie · May 11, 2015


VOGARQ · January 15, 2015

Felicidades Jose y David, es una casa extraordinaria. Me gustaría verlo algún día en unos de mis viajes a Ecuador. Adelante.

dr · January 21, 2013


Dave Garton · October 31, 2012

Amazing view and unusual concept

Tienie van Rooyen · October 31, 2012

A view to die for...


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