Location: Puembo, Ecuador
Design Team: Javier Mera, Daniel Moreno, Pablo Puente
Construction Team: Fernanda Esquetini, Javier Mera, Vinicio Merino, Pablo Puente.
Colaboration: Javier Duque, Nicolás Viteri, Daniel Rodríguez, Juan Carlos Ubidia.
Photography: Lorena Darquea.
Invent new ways of creating, generate technologies, look for effective solutions and develop architecture while we play with legos.
This project starts from two magazine – ideas the client demanded:
- Sloped roofs.
- Stone facade.
So, we decided that the project should be done in “stone” through structural walls. But to build 4 two-floored houses in stone would have been an unnecessary luxury. The workforce would have been very expensive and long, without taking into concern how difficult would it be to get this amount of stone. Time and money are practically the two main disadvantages.
Ruling out the stone, we decided to create our own stones, a CONCRETE-PREFABRICATED MODULE. It solved both of our problems and had other advantages:
- The time dedicated for installation would be fast because of the dimension of the element and the fact that it is a modular piece, which would lead to minor costs.
- The module could be lightened from the inside for a better maneuverability, which would reduce costs in material, without neglecting quality (acoustic and thermic), and by creating them in situ we could have a better production control.
- The building processes could overlap, so while we built the prefabricated pieces we could continue with other activities.
Two lightened-concrete PIECES were created. The first of 1.22m x 0.8m x 0.20m, and the second one of 0.61m x 0.8m x 0.20m, and with a weight of 120 and 75 kg respectively. Both of them were
maneuverable and only needed a small pulley to lift them. This way we avoided longer processes involving masonry colocation and finishes, because we had large pieces with their final finish. Also, we generated an almost dry-construction, because the closing elements were light and modular (wood, steel, glass).
With the CONCRETE-PREFABRICATED MODULE we were half way ahead, their construction logic created closed spaces that solved social areas in the houses. But for the private areas we created a new metallic module through the idea of “sloped roofs”, that because of its shape it could be placed in three different ways, creating three different spaces.
This way we built four houses with the same technology, but with different particularities.