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TEC Taller EC creates pavilion with concave wooden roof that becomes a façade in Ecuador

Ecuador Architecture News - Jul 09, 2024 - 14:57   1202 views

TEC Taller EC creates pavilion with concave wooden roof that becomes a façade in Ecuador

In Cumbayá, Ecuador, TEC Taller EC, an architecture firm based in Quito, designed a concave wooden pavilion that changes the sense of space and features an inclination on its roof surface that manages rainwater with intricate details.

Named Deportivo Pavilion, the 250-square-metre pavilion was designed by Ecuadorian architecture studio TEC Taller EC, led by Pablo Castro Guijarro and Roberto Morales Guijarro since 2015.

TEC Taller EC creates pavilion with concave wooden roof that becomes a façade in Ecuador

El Deportivo is situated in Cumbayá, one of the Andean valleys that encircle Quito, the capital's current hub for commercial and urban development. 

TEC Taller EC creates pavilion with concave wooden roof that becomes a façade in Ecuador

In order to measure equinoctial conditions like the vertical sun and significant temperature variations between day and night, it is constructed at a height of 2,400 meters above sea level.

TEC Taller EC creates pavilion with concave wooden roof that becomes a façade in Ecuador

Utilizing the plot's green space and the nearby natural setting, a group of tall palm trees that set the project's parameters serve as the foundation for the proposal to test a design process based on constructive and programmatic parameters prior to formal speculations.

The construction includes a non-permanent space for sanitary batteries and food service; however, the architecture allows the architects to develop infinite activities in the space. 

TEC Taller EC creates pavilion with concave wooden roof that becomes a façade in Ecuador

A free and open structure can become anything based on how its interior is populated; it neither determines nor limits the programs.

The project is made up of two black volumes that are facing each other and spaced apart. They are connected by a metal truss that is three meters high. 

At its tallest point, the roof reaches 7.5 meters, and just like in a pyramid, the more height it gains, the more the opposing faces are reconciled.

TEC Taller EC creates pavilion with concave wooden roof that becomes a façade in Ecuador

In response to a natural descending slope that marks the plot's entrance and points to the sky to project a greater height to the volume, the dialogue between the extremes at 12 meters away necessitates changing the height of the roof in order to emphasize the distance. As if it were a tongue, the roof curves to reveal the wood, turning it into a façade.

TEC Taller EC creates pavilion with concave wooden roof that becomes a façade in Ecuador

"The metal truss along the volume is the structural element that supports the 15-metre-long curved laminated wood beams, a light roof, the minimum possible matter to build the maximum number of cubic meters and unimaginable activities," said TEC Taller EC.

"Large spaces provide a vital feeling of openness, freedom of movement and action," the studio explained.

TEC Taller EC creates pavilion with concave wooden roof that becomes a façade in Ecuador

"The project conceives the architecture from the activities that are going to be developed, that involves conceiving the space from the interior, not from the outside, not as a distanced object." 

"For this reason, the pre-existing palm trees play an important role in the rhythm of the façade and as an element of the immediate landscape that filters the entry of afternoon sunlight," added the studio.

TEC Taller EC creates pavilion with concave wooden roof that becomes a façade in Ecuador

Because the void is both the connector and the intersection from an interior that embraces the exterior, the block lacks intermediate space. This can be described as an invitation to embrace the light and air and become open to the experience of the outside world. 

This calls to observe and engage with architecture through observation rather than representation. According to the studio, it is an aim to begin with the body and its movement involved.

TEC Taller EC creates pavilion with concave wooden roof that becomes a façade in Ecuador

TEC Taller EC creates pavilion with concave wooden roof that becomes a façade in Ecuador

TEC Taller EC creates pavilion with concave wooden roof that becomes a façade in Ecuador

TEC Taller EC creates pavilion with concave wooden roof that becomes a façade in Ecuador

TEC Taller EC creates pavilion with concave wooden roof that becomes a façade in Ecuador

TEC Taller EC creates pavilion with concave wooden roof that becomes a façade in Ecuador

TEC Taller EC creates pavilion with concave wooden roof that becomes a façade in Ecuador

TEC Taller EC creates pavilion with concave wooden roof that becomes a façade in Ecuador

TEC Taller EC creates pavilion with concave wooden roof that becomes a façade in Ecuador

TEC Taller EC creates pavilion with concave wooden roof that becomes a façade in Ecuador

TEC Taller EC creates pavilion with concave wooden roof that becomes a façade in Ecuador

TEC Taller EC creates pavilion with concave wooden roof that becomes a façade in Ecuador

TEC Taller EC creates pavilion with concave wooden roof that becomes a façade in Ecuador

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TEC Taller EC creates pavilion with concave wooden roof that becomes a façade in Ecuador

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TEC Taller EC creates pavilion with concave wooden roof that becomes a façade in Ecuador

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TEC Taller EC creates pavilion with concave wooden roof that becomes a façade in Ecuador

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TEC Taller EC creates pavilion with concave wooden roof that becomes a façade in Ecuador

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TEC Taller EC creates pavilion with concave wooden roof that becomes a façade in Ecuador

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TEC Taller EC is an architectural studio led by Pablo Castro Guijarro and Roberto Morales Guijarro since 2015. The studio is based in Quito, Ecuador, and is currently also active in Madrid, Spain.

Project facts

Project name: Deportivo Pavilion

Architects: TEC Taller EC

Size: 250m2

Client: Deportiva Cumbayá

Lead architects: Pablo Castro Guijarro, Roberto Morales Guijarro

Construction: TEC Taller EC + Las Manos Sucias + Indumadera + Ospining

Team: Juan Ruiz, Cynthia Quintero, Paolo Caicedo, Daniela Veintimilla, Maria Emilia Arellano, Daniela Ramos, Nicolás Guijarro

Structural Engineering: Pedro Ospina

Illustration: Carlos Valarezo

Completion year: 2024

All images © Paolo Caicedo.

All drawings © TEC Taller EC.

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