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Entre Muros House / al bordE

  • 01:00 - 10 September, 2009
Entre Muros House / al bordE
Entre Muros House / al bordE

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Colegio el Prado Tumbaco, Abdón Calderón 725, Quito DC, Ecuador
  • Architects

    David Barragán y Pascual Gangotena
  • Technical Advisor

    Arq. Bolívar Romero, Rammed Earth specialist
  • Client

    Sra. Carla Flor
  • Contractor

    Sr. Miguel Ramos
  • Constructed area

    180 sqm
  • Area

    5.0 sqm
  • Project Year


From the architect. The wish to set up, the search for living in harmony with nature, the need of autonomy for each one of the three members of the family, the low budget (understood as the optimization of resources and spaces) and the phrase: "There is always another way of doing things and another way for living", settled by her, were the starting point for the design.

Far from the pollution of the city, the house is set in the hillside of the Ilaló volcano in a indomitable land. It's limited by two streams opened to the landscape of the valley. A cut in the sloping land helps to generate a platform for the project and also to get enough raw material to build the gravity walls. The waving form as a result of this cut in the land, defines the position and order of every wall. The succession of these adobe walls and the different heights of the roof caused the division of the house even for the activity or the user.

In order to get rid off the domino effect, the gravity walls break their parallelism solving the structure and strengthening the character (spirit) of every "refuge". The furniture is worked inside the thick adobe walls. The long corridor is used as an element that isolates the project from their immediate neighbours and reinforces the autonomy of every space.

This architecture aims to highlight the nature of the material elements that compose it, promoting the aesthetic, formal, functional and structural qualities as well as the maximum respect of the environment.

Asking Permission To The Ilaló Volcano

The harmonious relation between the nature and the architecture is very important for the owner and also a decisive fact for the design, constructive process and the operation of the house.

1. Following ancient customs, a ceremony is prepared to ask permission to the volcano. There, presents and the best auguries are buried creating an energetic centre in the space that divides the social area from the private one. The house is cleaned of bad energies in the ceremony, and finally an offering is put into the energetic centre which works as a meeting point between the users and the volcano.

2. The gray waters go to processing pools turning them into irrigating waters. A dry bath and a solar system to heat the water are designed. The wood and reed-grass have been cut in “good moon” to avoid the usage of chemical products for its treatment against plagues.

3. The land like material of construction generates low impact in the projects environment. The raw material comes out of the generated cut in the sloping land. It does not produce rubbles, stores heat and regulates the interior climate by having the aptitude to absorb the dampness more rapid and in major quantity than other materials.

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fabrikg · February 15, 2012

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Tony Mosley · July 02, 2011

possibly the coolest "mud hut"I have ever seen

yoshihiro_horii · October 07, 2010

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Rick S. · February 05, 2010

I'm in love with it.

ppto · January 27, 2010


m · September 11, 2009

This is not adobe, but rammed earth, to be precise.

Nicolette · September 11, 2009

It's also a wonderful and unique location for such a house.

gonzalo · September 11, 2009

I think this a great project. The use of on site materials and local architectural vernacular is also good to see.

john avlakiotis · September 11, 2009

FANTASTIC WORK! A great example of making good architecture with low budget (as it seems). Great sense of materials.

jardvard · September 11, 2009

it might fly away someday

ai! · September 10, 2009

"asking permission to the Ilaló Volcano"
But they were already building it!o_O

volcano · January 25, 2010 05:49 AM

Hey !! I want to state I didn't mean go on, don't complain if I erupt ...

T.Nowicki · September 10, 2009 11:10 PM

the volcano said "no", but they didn't mention it

moun · September 10, 2009

A "primordial", homeliness, modern house, which blends into the surroundings.


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