Pitaya House

Best Implemented Project of Private Residence

About the project
The project’s objective was to generate a holiday house that establishes an intimate relationship with nature. The house is in the humid forest of the Ecuadorian Andes. It was conceived as a biodiverse container that seeks to generate a relationship between the natural and the artificial.
It was decided to work with Laminated Timber pieces of pine wood, seeking to promote the use of this emerging construction system in Ecuador.
We sought a house that could change depending on its use. This house could adequately serve the family but could also accommodate more users and diverse activities.
Taking advantage of the climate of Mindo, it was established that the comfort conditions for the family are not necessarily the same as for the visitors. The house could accommodate many visitors but won’t have guest rooms. Instead, there are many intermediate spaces, attached to the capsules for family use. These capsules can expand their occupancy capacity and be enabled according to the needs.

Mindo, Ecuador

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Applicant and authors of the project
Taller General
Project by Taller General (Martín Real y Florencia Sobrero) + Jose María Sáez

Other participants
Colaboration: Madebu, Rothoblast Ecuador
Engineering: Mathieu Lamour
Photos: JAG Studio

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