Avocado trees protagonists of a rural house renovation

The wide glass surfaces and natural materials introduced by Jorge Ramón Giacometti in a traditional Ecuadorian home define an intimate relationship of continuity between the interior and the natural landscape sorrunding it.

Jorge Ramón Giacometti, an international architecture studio based in Quito, is called upon to renovate a traditional house in Puembo, near the Ecuadorian capital.

The significant natural heritage of the house garden, made up of avocado, guava and passion fruit trees, dictates the design choices.

Jorge Ramón Giacometti Architecture Workshop, Avocados House, Puembo, Ecuador, 2020
Jorge Ramón Giacometti Architecture Workshop, Avocados House, Puembo, Ecuador, 2020

The architects' proposal is to open the house to the stone terrace and to the orchard in front of it by introducing a construction system that is fastened to a new reinforced concrete base and the pre-existing eucalyptus pillars.

A structural wooden frame covered with large glass surfaces is introduced along the entire development of the south-east front to replace a pre-existing partially blind wall, bringing natural light and air into the interior, while ensuring visual continuity and an intimate relationship between the house and the garden.

Jorge Ramón Giacometti Architecture Workshop, Avocados House, Puembo, Ecuador, 2020
Jorge Ramón Giacometti Architecture Workshop, Avocados House, Puembo, Ecuador, 2020

In the interiors, the aim is to subvert the spatial fragmentation in favour of a sequence of open, continuous spaces. The ground floor houses a large kitchen and a wide living room separated from the central service block, while the bedrooms are located on the upper floor.

Through the use of continuous coverings of local natural materials and the natural light invading the spaces, a translucent atmosphere and an environment in perfect harmony with the surrounding nature are recreated.

Jorge Ramón Giacometti Architecture Workshop, Avocados House, Puembo, Ecuador, 2020
Jorge Ramón Giacometti Architecture Workshop, Avocados House, Puembo, Ecuador, 2020
Project:
Avocados House
Location:
Puembo, Ecuador
Architects:
Jorge Ramon Giacometti Architecture Workshop
Project team:
Daniel Hegen, Francisco Trigueros
Area:
300 sqm
Engineering:
Patricio Cevallos
Completion:
2020

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