This green-roofed wooden house nestled in a forest in Ecuador aims to prove the country's traditional construction techniques are superior to many contemporary housing models when it comes to ecological footprint, social, economic and energy performance. The lightweight house was designed by architects Luis Velasco Roldan and Ángel Hevia Antuña as a prototype for an energy-efficient structure with minimal impact on its surroundings.
Using locally-sourced natural materials, the architects managed to build the structure to be easily dismantled and transported to different climatic regions of Ecuador. Natural thermal insulation and design elements that facilitate a greenhouse effect help stabilize the temperature within the structure and make it adaptable to the temperature spikes in Quito.
Concrete footings and steel columns make up the foundation of the building and are topped with a wooden structure made from eucalyptus. The wooden frames and the horizontal and diagonal crossbeams that reinforce them are covered with 15-millimeter-thick plywood panels. Pumice stone was added to the construction while the ventilated exterior wall, built from Ecuador Laurel wood, and the green roof combine pumice stone and geotextile on double asphalt to create a completely waterproof envelope. Low-cost open-source monitoring systems were embedded in the architecture and provide temperature data for both the exterior and interior spaces.
Photos by Gori Salvà