La 1⁄2 Agua House / María de los Ángeles Espinosa

Tumbaco, Ecuador
  • Architects: María de los Ángeles Espinosa
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers:  Franz Viegener

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“Simplicity of construction, clarity of tectonic means, and purity of material shall be the bearers of a new beauty”

 Mies Van Der Rohe

In an environment surrounded by nature, the house sits on one floor, elevated from the ground with concrete piles to not modify the original topography and to gain a better view.

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We seek to create a close relationship between indoors and outdoors, through large windows that open onto a spacious veranda, which in turn is surrounded by a grove of avocado trees.

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The height of one and half floors, and the idea of a single roof tilted back, generating a gesture of great openness towards the front, reinforce the relationship with the generous garden outside.

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The roof sits lightly on the house becoming an independent element that practically floats on the structure.

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The search for honesty in materiality, gives as a result pure materials without coatings. Brick masonry, exposed metal structure, and a wood roof with Colorado beams and Eucalyptus boards.


The interior layout is very clearly differentiated between a fully open social area and the family area.

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Cite: "La 1⁄2 Agua House / María de los Ángeles Espinosa" [Casa La 1⁄2 Agua / María de los Ángeles Espinosa] 17 Feb 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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