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Natura Futura Arquitectura raises timber-framed tea room over a water channel in Ecuador

Ecuador Architecture News - Mar 03, 2021 - 16:20   5787 views

Natura Futura Arquitectura raises timber-framed tea room over a water channel in Ecuador

Ecuador-based architecture firm Natura Futura Arquitectura has built a tea room raised on stilts over a water channel in Ecuador

Named Tea Room, the 32-square-metre timber-framed room is located in an agricultural area of the Baba canton - Los Ríos province in Ecuador, the area is surrounded by local flora and fauna. 

The room was designed for an elderly man, called Don Pepe, who has the habit of drinking a cup of tea and coffee with his family every afternoon for years.

Natura Futura Arquitectura raises timber-framed tea room over a water channel in Ecuador

The main purpose of the project was to maintain this tradition within a specific space that allows the family to be connected to nature and provide a space that is adaptable to various daily uses.

Natura Futura Arquitectura raises timber-framed tea room over a water channel in Ecuador

Drawn with simple layout, the plans contains a large space, which has a table for drinking coffee and tea, a small kitchen space and a wc. 

The room has dimensions of 8m x 4m, which is a simple box and rises on a water channel. It was constructed on two pre-existing concrete structures that were to be used for the construction of a bridge. 

Natura Futura Arquitectura raises timber-framed tea room over a water channel in Ecuador

For the room's envelope, Natura Futura Arquitectura used a basic system made of wooden trusses extracted from the same site, built with local labor. 

For its façade, the architects used fixed and sliding glass panels that allow to open up to the environment and blur the built limit, giving continuity to the landscape. The flexible program is complemented by a multifunctional counter and a bathroom.

Natura Futura Arquitectura raises timber-framed tea room over a water channel in Ecuador

The view from the inside is complemented with folding lattice doors that open onto the terrace/balcony where a folding handrail defines the last limit of the project; "that, together with the river stone side stairs, allow the possibility to sit and have a direct connection with the water," said the architects. 

Natura Futura Arquitectura raises timber-framed tea room over a water channel in Ecuador

As the architects explained, "Tea Room emerges as a gesture to understand the possibilities of an open space within a natural environment." 

"It is established as a flexible space, where morning yoga, weekend visits, afternoon tea and Sunday football matches can all be held in one space."

Natura Futura Arquitectura raises timber-framed tea room over a water channel in Ecuador

Natura Futura Arquitectura raises timber-framed tea room over a water channel in Ecuador

Natura Futura Arquitectura raises timber-framed tea room over a water channel in Ecuador

Natura Futura Arquitectura raises timber-framed tea room over a water channel in Ecuador

Natura Futura Arquitectura raises timber-framed tea room over a water channel in Ecuador

Natura Futura Arquitectura raises timber-framed tea room over a water channel in Ecuador

Natura Futura Arquitectura raises timber-framed tea room over a water channel in Ecuador

Natura Futura Arquitectura raises timber-framed tea room over a water channel in Ecuador

Natura Futura Arquitectura raises timber-framed tea room over a water channel in Ecuador

Natura Futura Arquitectura raises timber-framed tea room over a water channel in Ecuador

Natura Futura Arquitectura raises timber-framed tea room over a water channel in Ecuador

Natura Futura Arquitectura raises timber-framed tea room over a water channel in Ecuador

Natura Futura Arquitectura raises timber-framed tea room over a water channel in Ecuador

Natura Futura Arquitectura raises timber-framed tea room over a water channel in Ecuador

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Natura Futura Arquitectura raises timber-framed tea room over a water channel in Ecuador

Natura Futura Arquitectura raises timber-framed tea room over a water channel in Ecuador

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Natura Futura Arquitectura raises timber-framed tea room over a water channel in Ecuador

Natura Futura Arquitectura raises timber-framed tea room over a water channel in Ecuador

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Natura Futura Arquitectura raises timber-framed tea room over a water channel in Ecuador

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Natura Futura Arquitectura, based in Ecuador, is a practice that questions sensitive issues of architecture and Latin American cities; a path of architectural exploration that works in search of solutions through continuous experimentation and research. 

The firm previously converted an old building into a training center in Babahoyo, Ecuador. 

Project facts

Project name: Tea Room 

Architects: Natura Futura Arquitectura 

Location: Babahoyo, Ecuador

Size: 32m2 

Date: 2021 

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All drawings © Natura Futura Arquitectura 

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