The Workshop / Daniel Moreno

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Architect: Daniel Moreno
Location: La Gasca, Quito, Ecuador
Project Team: Felipe Ordonez, Esteban Benavides and Daniel Corti
Contractor: Fabian Tenório
Owner: Artist Pilar Flores
Project Area: 78.5 sqm
Budget: US$ 7.000
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Daniel Moreno

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 / original access

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

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.

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

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 used was taken of from a demolished house.

plan & axo

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

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

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.

© Daniel Moreno

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.

sections

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.

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

Cite: "The Workshop / Daniel Moreno" 03 Feb 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 22 Dec 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=48413>
  • http://www.tectonicus.com Ben

    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.

  • james

    great
    full marks for the ladder

  • http://ebalinese.com Graven Image

    very interesting the site plan.

  • chenlu98

    It’s perfect !

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  • ASDF

    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

  • WJD

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

  • w700

    nice wood structure!

  • not too loud

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

  • http://martaneic.soup.io Marta

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

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  • rasmus

    i feel inspired!

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    Super awesome Workshop in Ecuador | ArchDaily http://ow.ly/14i44 #architecture #design

  • http://elodiestudler.blogspot.com/ elodie Studler

    C’est Magnifique!
    Bravo Daniel!

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  • Carlitos Baraja

    sublime work

  • http://twitter.com/ferryv/status/8699871953 Ferry Voorneveld

    Such great use of old wood and a whole lot of spaciousness http://bit.ly/9jbc9Y by Daniel Moreno.

  • frank Wilson

    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!!!

  • http://twitter.com/nicholaspatten/status/8707281566 Nicholas Patten

    This place looks relaxing: The Workshop. http://bit.ly/dA62Zv

  • CABE

    MUY BUENO FELICITACIONES

  • cabe

    总觉着不结实呢

  • EMERSON GÁMEZ B.

    excelente

  • vtzen

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

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