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Emilio López Arquitecto's Casa Don Juan features double-opening facade to look at hills of Quito

Ecuador Architecture News - Jan 23, 2019 - 04:35   4220 views

Emilio López Arquitecto's Casa Don Juan features double-opening facade to look at hills of Quito

Ecuador-based architecture practice Emilio López Arquitecto has built a double-opening house situated on a hill to provide view to different sides of the area in Quito, Ecuador.

Named Casa Don Juan, the house, covering a total of 110-square-metre, is located on top of a hill, which is very close to the sea. The house is oriented east-west directions and has 'openings' to these two sides: the front facade facing the sea, and the rear facade looks at a small native forest. 

Emilio López Arquitecto's Casa Don Juan features double-opening facade to look at hills of Quito

The double-opening allows cross ventilation and generates an important relationship with the environment, an indispensable requirement for the client.

The architects used the idea of double opening to give a shape to the architecture of the building that is conceived as two 'funnels' that converge on one of its sides.

Emilio López Arquitecto's Casa Don Juan features double-opening facade to look at hills of Quito

The house has a very simple program scattered in two floors withs open areas that are interconnected by double heights. On the ground floor, there are living room, dining room, kitchen and a bathroom. 

On the upper floor, two rooms are placed and facing a double height facing the sea. On the back side, another double height windows is opened up facing with the staircase.

Emilio López Arquitecto's Casa Don Juan features double-opening facade to look at hills of Quito

The whole structure is built from wood found in the area: Amarillo and Asta. The roof is made of a flat fiber cement panel and the facades of the building is covered by bamboo board and plastered to to give a sense of warmness. This allows a very warm materiality towards the interior without compromising the protection of the house towards the outside.

Emilio López Arquitecto's Casa Don Juan features double-opening facade to look at hills of Quito

Emilio López Arquitecto's Casa Don Juan features double-opening facade to look at hills of Quito

Emilio López Arquitecto's Casa Don Juan features double-opening facade to look at hills of Quito

Emilio López Arquitecto's Casa Don Juan features double-opening facade to look at hills of Quito

Emilio López Arquitecto's Casa Don Juan features double-opening facade to look at hills of Quito

Emilio López Arquitecto's Casa Don Juan features double-opening facade to look at hills of Quito

Emilio López Arquitecto's Casa Don Juan features double-opening facade to look at hills of Quito

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Emilio López Arquitecto's Casa Don Juan features double-opening facade to look at hills of Quito

Conceptual sketch-2

Emilio López Arquitecto's Casa Don Juan features double-opening facade to look at hills of Quito

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Emilio López Arquitecto's Casa Don Juan features double-opening facade to look at hills of Quito

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Project facts

Architect: Emilio López Arquitecto

Location: Quito, Ecuador

Size: 110m2

Completion year: 2018

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