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odD+ Architects Reinterpret Historic Courtyards and Gardens in Quito Tower

odD+ Architects Reinterpret Historic Courtyards and Gardens in Quito Tower
odD+ Architects Reinterpret Historic Courtyards and Gardens in Quito Tower, Common Ground. Image Courtesy of odD+ Architects
Common Ground. Image Courtesy of odD+ Architects

odD+ Architects have designed a residential tower with exterior gardens in Ecuador. Inspired by the architecture of classical cloisters in downtown Quito, the tower reinterprets the courtyard through the building facade. The exposed building face is meant to reconnect residents to the surrounding old town fabric. Dubbed Common Garden, the project frames unique views of the city through 12 floors of gardens and arcades.

Common Ground. Image Courtesy of odD+ Architects Common Ground. Image Courtesy of odD+ Architects Common Ground. Image Courtesy of odD+ Architects Common Ground. Image Courtesy of odD+ Architects + 6

Common Ground. Image Courtesy of odD+ Architects
Common Ground. Image Courtesy of odD+ Architects

The new tower's arches function not only as the main structure of the tower, but also create pockets of vegetation at each intersection. As the team states, Quito is a city located directly on the equator, where the sun is positioned almost 90 degrees and where seasons do not exists. For this reason, high-rise buildings have the potential of becoming vertical ecosystems that take advantage of the equatorial sun.

Common Ground. Image Courtesy of odD+ Architects
Common Ground. Image Courtesy of odD+ Architects
Common Ground. Image Courtesy of odD+ Architects
Common Ground. Image Courtesy of odD+ Architects

Common Garden utilizes the sun to become a repository of plant and animal life in the city. The design allows residents to have a constant and direct connection with nature. Every apartment is surrounded by its own private gardens in the midst of a dense urban setting. This creates an individualized user experience, and it changes the typical urban backdrop by adding not only layers of nature, but also history and a sense of reflection in the city.

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Cite: Eric Baldwin. "odD+ Architects Reinterpret Historic Courtyards and Gardens in Quito Tower" 09 May 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/916644/odd-plus-architects-reinterpret-historic-courtyards-and-gardens-in-quito-tower/> ISSN 0719-8884
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