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The Workshop / Daniel Moreno Flores

  • 01:00 - 3 February, 2010
The Workshop / Daniel Moreno Flores
The Workshop / Daniel Moreno Flores, © Daniel Moreno
© Daniel Moreno

© Daniel Moreno © Daniel Moreno © Daniel Moreno © Daniel Moreno +39

  • Architects

  • Location

    La Gasca, Quito, Ecuador
  • Architect

    Daniel Moreno
  • Project Team

    Felipe Ordonez, Esteban Benavides and Daniel Corti
  • Contractor

    Fabian Tenório
  • Owner

    Artist Pilar Flores
  • Budget

    US$ 7.000
  • Area

    0.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

From the architect. Initially the space to take part was saturated and inaccessible in some corners. There was no connection between the garden of entrance and the workshop because in spite of having windows this relation was lost.

© Daniel Moreno
© Daniel Moreno

The objective was to clean it visually, to clear walls, to create ample and practical spaces to store, to organize the materials and to hide the work objects.

© Daniel Moreno
© Daniel Moreno

The owner looked for the space to be white, empty, minimal and that took advantage of the day light. In this space the views are prioritized and the relation between the garden and the distant mountain is  emphasized.

© Daniel Moreno
© Daniel Moreno

The spaces where the owner felt comfortable and safe were very important.

© Daniel Moreno
© Daniel Moreno

Because of the low budget, most of what was removed from the original space had to be hiden or reused in the taken part space.  It is recycled almost in its totality. The wood used was taken of from a demolished house.

© Daniel Moreno
© Daniel Moreno

The construction was carried out in two and a half months behind a house of approximately 50 years.  The intervention is independent of the house and it is shown like a place to escape in which the owner gambles, meditates, listen to music, can be in contact with nature, but mainly it is a space to be creative and create.

© Daniel Moreno
© Daniel Moreno

All the space is minimal where the light is protagonist.  It is a scene that allows to manifold actions. A flexible space  with portable furniture: the tables and stools can be put and taken of. When the objects are hidden there is left an empty space where anything can happen. A big carpet can also be extended to work with groups in the ground.

© Daniel Moreno
© Daniel Moreno

Space volumes were created. It was wanted that with a single element the construction could be solved. The new volumes are massive. Repetition of the wood, a piece next to the other (floor, wall, ceiling), generating a nest (attic) and a balcony towards the outside. This box of the entrance recovers the view towards Pichincha hills, and connects the interior with the garden which generates an iconic presence.  The new elements intensifies, contrasting with the white walls.

The masive and slowness are expressed with rod as if it was a thread, with subtility and lightness. The rod becomes structural support, launching slips, banister rails and others. The new elements are light and defy to the gravity.

© Daniel Moreno
© Daniel Moreno

The structure of the wood ceiling is simplified and transparented with an enormous glass that is added. Therefore, this interior has the appearance of an outside which let to be in contact with the changes of the light during the day.

© Daniel Moreno
© Daniel Moreno

New spaces through the fragmentation in levels were obtained to experience the place in their different heights and to live it like a whole.

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BARBAnegra · April 25, 2012

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catch_fish · June 11, 2011
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mina · April 16, 2011

great job...!

David Metcalfe · March 12, 2011

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yuskomro · August 23, 2010
José de la Cerda · June 15, 2010

Los felicito. Me parece que está más luminoso, ganaron espacio, parece tener mucho más funcionalidad. Me parece muy linda las vigas de madera rústica junto con las varillas de hierro.
Las escalera hacia el altillo, genial diseño y exige que los que suban estén en buen estado físico para equilibrarse (está bien, restringe el acceso a personas que estén light).

El acceso está muy bien también. Ya me daré un salto para conocer.

Daniel, felicitaciones!! Pilar, bien por dejarlo hacer!!

José Antonio

Kevin Parent · May 16, 2010

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vtzen · March 04, 2010

amazing, i love this project. one of the more interesting postings on archdaily recently

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Nicholas Patten · February 06, 2010

This place looks relaxing: The Workshop.

frank Wilson · February 06, 2010

very glad that south american architecture and latin architects are finally finding their own language. I am very impressed with few samples of ecuadorian architecture I have seen recently published by german magazines and depicted on other specialized articles.

I like the roughness and the angriness and the sequence of the "choza" into a most urban setting. Hope you did a great job on sanding. I have seen extensive samples of heavy timber applications in the city. This is quite taking it a little bit further. The uniqueness is remarkable. Latin architects this a great inspiration to follow.

Bravo and OLE!!!

Ferry Voorneveld · February 06, 2010

Such great use of old wood and a whole lot of spaciousness by Daniel Moreno.

Carlitos Baraja · February 06, 2010

sublime work

Mariana Abib · February 06, 2010

Sorry!Correção do link: e chega de falar besteira [por hoje]! Bom final de semana twitter

elodie Studler · February 05, 2010

C'est Magnifique!
Bravo Daniel!

veach · February 05, 2010

Super awesome Workshop in Ecuador | ArchDaily #architecture #design

rasmus · February 05, 2010

i feel inspired!

ipek yarsel · February 05, 2010

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Marta · February 05, 2010

I think it's great that you also show such low-budget architecture! Very inspiring!

not too loud · February 04, 2010

this is awesome! the wood detailing is so simple and creative.

w700 · February 04, 2010

nice wood structure!

WJD · February 04, 2010

An example of Architecture not being as important as Humanity. Ole!

ASDF · February 04, 2010

so stunning! particularly the front area; the use of the wood
elements against the white interior is beautiful
i only wish that similar or better photos could have been taken,
rather than obviously pieced-together views

jumbleh · February 04, 2010

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chenlu98 · February 04, 2010

It's perfect !

Graven Image · February 04, 2010

very interesting the site plan.

james · February 04, 2010

full marks for the ladder

Ben · February 04, 2010

The wood detailing and rebar supports are quite compelling, especially in contrast to the white concrete surroundings. I am completely not convinced on those rebar stairs. I would not want to walk on those barefoot. Seems nice for a budget of 7,000.


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