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San José Stables / RAMA Estudio

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  • Architects: RAMA estudio
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  92
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020
  • Professionals: Hierro Hogar

Aerial Photography of Houses in Ecuador: Visualizing a Building From Above

Capturing aerial photographs allows raising awareness of a project feature usually complex to capture using traditional methods. Based on the technological opportunities offered by small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), commonly called drones, architecture photographers have begun to explore new ways of capturing a project in order to expose design decisions such as implantation, dialogue with the environment, or the relationship with nearby buildings.

Design Depot: 30 Projects that Explore Diverse Storage Solutions

With the rise of small houses and dense cities, we were forced to sacrifice a good amount of storage space. Ironically, we did not compromise our purchasing habits, so with a few square meters to work with, architects and designers had to come up with efficient storage solutions, and make the best of the limited space they have. However, if you were lucky enough to be occupying a large, unobscured space with a generous budget, your storage design possibilities are endless. In this article, we look at how architects and designers found creative ways to store their belongings in spaces with different functions, scales, and spatial constraints, ranging between completely invisible units to sculptural centerpieces.

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Cangahua House / Diez + Muller Arquitectos

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Quito, Ecuador
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  515
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Cocinas Internacionales, El Pedral, Er Servicios, Holcim, Inmadec, +2

Mirador House / RAMA estudio

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  • Architects: RAMA estudio
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  190
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2021
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Armando Rondal y Hermanos, Carlos Castro, Falco, Hierro Hogar, Jefferson Pérez, +5
  • Professionals: RAMA estudio

Teahouses: Reinterpretation of Traditional Spaces

Chashitsu, which is the Japanese term for a teahouse or tea room is a construction specifically designed for holding the Tea Ceremony, a traditional Japanese ritual in which the host prepares and serves tea for guests. Teahouses are usually small, intimate wooden buildings, where every detail is intended to help withdraw the individual from the material disturbances of the world.

Muta House / Emilio López Arquitecto

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Quito, Ecuador
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1238 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Trimble Navigation

Is There Anything More Natural Than Nature? Our Readers Weigh In On "Green" Houses

In many cases, I haven't been able to decide whether a building full of trees fits into the "sustainable" category. In fact, I've often had to make the argument that such a building is far from it. 

It seems that the vast majority of contemporary marketing for sustainable architecture operates under the guise of greenwashing. What's more, the line between what truly creates healthier and more sustainable living spaces and what doesn't is often a blurred one.

To see just how blurred this line is, we asked our readers to weigh in on just what makes a house "green". Is it being able to trace the source of your building materials and knowing the people who harvest, process, and sell them? Is it the ability to fulfill the day-to-day needs of the inhabitants using renewable resources?

Post-Earthquake Prototype – Rural Dwelling / AL BORDE + El Sindicato Arquitectura

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Horconcitos, Ecuador

How To Take Advantage of High Ceilings in Renovations

The height of the ceiling of a space heavily influences our perception of it. Generally, local building codes regulate the minimum dimensions for ceiling height, which are calculated to ensure adequate quality of life in the environment. But the exact height of the ceilings is often defined by the dimensions of other materials that make up the building, the height of the constitutive slabs, or even by rounding the dimensions of the stair steps. It is common, with the densification of cities aimed at increasing profitability, for entrepreneurs to design with minimum ceiling heights in houses and offices, reducing construction costs. On the other hand, in older structures, more generous ceilings can be observed, which generally enable a greater degree of design freedom. But how can architects make the most of these spaces?

Mocoli House / Orense Arquitectos

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Samborondón, Ecuador
  • Architects: Orense Arquitectos
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  4951 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Life Space Journey, AV Solutions, Tecnodonoso

Tea Room / Natura Futura Arquitectura

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House of the Flying Beds / AL BORDE

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  • Architects: AL BORDE
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017

Houses in Ecuador: 10 Homes Designed Around Courtyards

Quinta López Cordero / Astudillo + Proaño. Image House Among Trees / El Sindicato Arquitectura. Image Loma House / Iván Quizhpe Arquitectos. Image House in La Marca / Marco Salazar Valle. Image + 21

Inner courtyards and gardens can provide many benefits, such as natural light, better ventilation, and increased contact with nature without losing privacy. 

Meet the Winners of the 2020 Panamerican Architecture Biennial of Quito

Estudio Iturbide / Taller Mauricio Rocha + Gabriela Carrillo. Image © Rafael Gamo
Estudio Iturbide / Taller Mauricio Rocha + Gabriela Carrillo. Image © Rafael Gamo

On November 20, the 2020 Panamerican Architecture Biennial of Quito (BAQ 2020) announced the winners of the present edition. Every other year, the BAQ "invites to discuss contemporary production of the built environment, aiming to improve the practice of our profession" in the Americas.

Huaira 01 / Javier Mera Luna + Diana Salvador

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