Duran & Hermida Arquitectos designed a group of green-roofed dwellings in a previously untouched portion of Ecuador's verdant Yunguilla Valley. Once the site of sugar cane plantations, this beautiful landscape is now set aside for small farmers and large holiday estates. Unlike the larger homes, these cubic, daylit houses spotted over on Arch Daily have a gentle impact on the environment since the designers oriented them around the surrounding Faique forest, which is completely wild.
The cubic dwellings have flat, green roofs that are planted with native species. In addition to integrating with the landscape, these help to insulate the interior and keep the homes cool. Located on a hilltop overlooking the valley, each dwelling was built into the existing topography, and very few of the Faique trees were removed during construction.
A unique construction system provides great interior flexibility. Weathered steel columns filled with concrete allow for a series of nonbearing walls, and each program is wrapped in operable timber doors that provide daylighting, ventilation and continuity with the outdoors when open, and protection from insects and inclement weather when closed. Lastly, each dwelling is finished in accordance with personal touches added by their owner, such that their unique personalities are reflected in the final interior design.
Via Arch Daily
Photos © Sebastián Crespo