Ecuadorian architectural firm Diez + Muller Arquitectos completed the design for a modern residence in Tumbaco, Ecuador. Casa 2V is located on a rectangular area with a gentle slope, offering views of the the valley of Tumbaco to the west and towards the neighboring hills to the south. The residence is divided into three main volumes containing the social, private and “visiting” areas.
The volumes are connected through original glazed bridges, flooded in natural light during the day. A double-height open plan living room acts as the core of the entire residence and offers extensive views. All the interiors display a highly modern design and a large degree of openness. A generously sized courtyard encircles the building, offering its inhabitants the possibility to relax doors. We invite you to have a look at the photos below and tell us your honest opinion regarding the design of this residence in Ecuador. Find its structure practical?
Energy during the construction process was saved by using FSC-certified glulam timber instead of steel to create the building’s distinctive wavy roof, while the store’s external walls use hemclad, a highly innovative insulator made from hemp, which, like all plants, absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere as it grows. An 80,000 litre water tank below ground provides water for the store’s toilets and waters the site’s green wall’, which provides natural insulation, acts as an all-natural pollution filter near the car park, and helps to encourage biodiversity. The result is a building that uses a fraction of the energy of structures of a similar size, and is still very popular with local shoppers.
These days, a building doesnt just have to look good, it should ideally be good for the environment too. A great example of sustainability spliced with style from the past few years is the M&S store at Cheshire Oaks Retail Park in Ellesmere Port, designed by Aukett Fitzroy Robinson.