X House / Arquitectura X

Architects: Arquitectura X - Adrian Moreno Núñez, Maria Samaniego Ponce
Location: La Tola, valle de Tumbaco, Quito,
Contractor: Adrian Moreno Núñez, Carlos Guerra Espinosa
Client: Adrian Moreno Núñez, Maria Samaniego Ponce, Lía Moreno Samaniego
Design year: 2003 – 2006
Construction year: 2006 – 2007
Structural Engineer: Pedro Caicedo
Electrical Engineer: Pedro Freile
Services: Raúl Cueva
Constructed area: 380 sqm
Photographs: Sebastián Crespo

Design Concepts

Not having a site when we started design on our house, we set out an elemental scheme that could work both in Quito and the valleys east of the city; this meant distilling our experience into an abstracted form, inspired in the work of Donald Judd, that could be placed in any of the sites we would be likely to find: an open ended box, whose spatial limits would be the eastern and western ranges of the Andes.

design concepts

As we had no actual place, we looked to the spaces we felt our own, and found the patio as the essential place maker throughout our architectural history.

On the other hand was our fascination for the prototypical house and its possibilities in our year round temperate climate.

While the patio creates a sense of place it has to be enclosed in order to work, so the mountains can’t become the spatial limit. The glass house is perfect for that unlimited sense of space; the addition of a patio to the glass house gave us the chance to adapt to the different site possibilities.

We separated the private and public spaces defining a patio, the service spaces and circulation could be added as a plug-in as needed depending on site conditions, further defining the patio.

Finally this diagram could be fitted into the open ended box according to specific site conditions that would define orientation, size and proportion.

Cite: "X House / Arquitectura X" 21 Aug 2008. ArchDaily. Accessed 28 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=5412>
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  • Rob

    Beautiful and well-done.
    Thanks for the plans and sections.

  • Matt

    ingenious, simply and wonderfull!!!

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  • Archiviny

    looks great, it recalls me the Philip Johnson’s Glass House, although evidently personalized.

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  • yrag

    It’s quite beautiful, and the PERFECT home if you are an enthusiastic exhibitionist.

  • Elis

    hi, i wnated some more information about the money they spend to buil this house…it´s for a homework from university of architectura…thanks and that´s wonderfull!

  • dianna karvouni

    youre e-mail please

  • riley

    ewww sick house.

  • riley

    nasty man!

  • http://architekturblog.wordpress.com/ evap

    at first sight the form appears simple but the multi-layered facade and spaces make it definitely unique!

  • http://www.at-bangkok.com Vasin

    really like to see it when people are living in it, and furnished.

  • abtin

    very very good

  • donya

    please can u put the numbers indications of the details ??

  • juan deigo

    toca descargarlo