Natura futura has built a house with baked bricks and glass-less windows in villamil, ecuador. Capturing the essence of the area, which was once a port for fishermen and has been declared by UNESCO as the second best climate in the world, the architects have incorporated traditional elements in the design of the residence such as shutters instead of glass on the windows, which allow for ventilation and shadow, and bricks that provide both privacy and permeability.
A system of teak wood pillars supports the two story residence, which the architectshave chosen to develop on a horizontal plane. The permeable ground floor blends with the outside garden and hosts day-to-day activities along with a social area, finished with hammocks, that opens towards the interior. private spaces occupy the upper level, which includes three bedrooms and a kitchen/living area. Micro-climates are generated through the materials in use, while the design merges traditional principles of the tropics with new strategies to reach to a sustainable result.
Name: stilts house
Architect: natura futura arquitectura
Location: general villamil, guayas province, ecuador
Total area: 160 m2
Collaborators: guillermo morales, nathaly gaona, ramón vivanco