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Breezy Green-Roofed Faique Houses Nestle Into a Wild Forest in Ecuador

Posted By Tafline Laylin On March 27, 2013 @ 10:00 am In Architecture,carousel showcase,Gallery,Green Roof | 1 Comment

Duran & Hermida Arquitectos, green roof, ecuador, Faique dwellings, natural ventilation, forest, green design, sustainable design, eco-design, Valle de Yunguilla, Sebastián Crespo" title="Los Faiques Dwellings by Duran & Hermida Arquitectos

The cubic dwellings have flat, green roofs that are planted with native species [1]. 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 [2] columns filled with concrete allow for a series of nonbearing walls, and each program is wrapped in operable timber doors [3] 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.

+ Duran & Hermida Arquitectos [4]

Via Arch Daily [5]

Photos © Sebastián Crespo

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[1] green roofs that are planted with native species: http://inhabitat.com/norway-green-roof-homes/

[2] Weathered steel: http://inhabitat.com/tag/weathered-steel/

[3] operable timber doors: http://inhabitat.com/designer-sasufi-gives-a-melbourne-patisserie-an-elegant-upgrade-with-reclaimed-wooden-doors/

[4] + Duran & Hermida Arquitectos: http://www.facebook.com/DuranHermida/

[5] Arch Daily: http://www.archdaily.com/349115/los-faiques-dwellings-duranhermida-arquitectos-asociados/

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