A playful home built of recycled materials takes in sunrise views in Ecuador

August 19, 2019 by  
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Built largely from recycled materials, the home that architect Daniel Moreno Flores recently completed for an artistically inclined client in Ecuador oozes playfulness and creativity as well as a reduced environmental footprint. Located in the town of Pifo less than an hour’s drive east from Quito, the House of the Flying Tiles is strategically sited to embrace views. The house is named after its massive installation of hanging tiles — reclaimed and new — placed at the entrance to create visual interest and help shield the glass-walled home from unwanted solar heat gain. When deciding where to place the home, Flores began with a site study. Along with the client, he arrived early at the site to observe the direction of the sunrise and the best positions for framing landscape views. To make the home look “as if it had always been there,” Flores also let the site-specific placement of the home be informed by the existing trees and fauna. No trees were removed during the construction process. Related: This staggered, residential tower is draped with greenery in Quito “The house is oriented to the view, for the contemplation of the mountain, of the neighborhoods, and of all the plants and trees of the place,” Flores explained. “These spaces seek an intensification in the relationship with some externalities such as the mountain, the low vegetation, the sky and with the Guirachuro (a kind of bird of the place).” Using a mix of new materials and reclaimed wood and tiles from three houses in Quito , the architect created a 130-square-meter home with three main spaces: a double-height living area that opens up to an outdoor reading terrace and connects to a mezzanine office space; the bedroom area that overlooks mountain views; and the ground-floor bathroom that is built around an existing tree. The roofs of the structure are also designed to be accessible to create a variety of vantage points for enjoying the landscape. + Daniel Moreno Flores Photography by JAG Studio , Santiago Vaca Jaramillo and Daniel Moreno Flores

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Fan-shaped childrens library wraps around a large cedar in Henan

December 30, 2016 by  
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SLOW Architects found a low-tech yet elegant solution to a small primary school’s need for a library and reading room in Song County in China’s Henan province. Strapped for space but in need of a place to store a growing number of books scattered around in their classrooms, the Tsiaogou teaching school sought to convert a cramped corner of the campus into a reading room for its 49 students. Instead of hiding the building away in a corner as originally planned, SLOW Architects created a small fan-shaped structure that wraps partially around an existing cedar tree and is raised to minimize site impact. A site visit inspired SLOW Architects to build around an existing big cedar tree rather than in the campus corner. They envisioned a reading room that would be “treated as a cottage underneath the tree umbrella.” To minimize site impact on the root system, the architects built an 8-meter-diameter outdoor wood terrace below the tree canopy that’s raised and provides a shaded space for children to read outdoors. The library and reading room is also raised off the ground and constructed in an arc around the terrace and tree. Related: Fan-Shaped Bulhomen Cabin is Disguised by a Sedum-Moss Roof in Norway The 30-square-meter library and reading room is built to the scale of children and is only 1.8 meters in height at its shortest end to make the space feel like a special sanctuary for the kids, rather than adults. Unpainted timber is the main construction material used to minimize cost. The interior is lit via large skylights and solar-powered lighting. The walls are lined with built-in gridded bookshelves with small benches at their base. “This design makes the reading room not just a functional room, but also an interesting connection between indoor and outdoor activities that reconstructs the entire space of the campus,” write the architects. + SLOW Architects Via ArchDaily Images © Rao Fu

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