Built right into a hillside in Ecuador, this weekend home by Bernardo Bustamante integrates modern living into a peaceful, rural setting. Situated atop a hill all by itself, the El Guarango home nestles into its surroundings, offering home owners a respite from the busy, growing urban area below. The home’s luminous and airy aesthetic is captured by Sebastian Crespo’s stunning photographs.
The El Guarango home was built in Quinto, Ecuador, atop the Rumiloma hill, in just 75 days. Sharp drops and steep slopes make the area difficult to consider for long-term living, yet the weekend home blends into the scenery well and has minimal impact on the surrounding environment. The view of the Andes is second to none from the hilltop and full length windows and an open-air design invite the refreshing sight indoors.
The fact that this part of Ecuador does not receive rain for six months out of the year – and that there is no drinking water supply – did not stop designers. A rooftop rainwater collection system stores water in an underground grotto for later use. The construction team also utilized bricks made from local clay, furthering the connection between the building and its place in the mountains.
+ Bernardo Bustamante
Images via Sebastian Crespo