bernardo bustamante arquitectos balances privacy and openness with ‘casa 9B’ in ecuador. located on a suburban site in the outskirts of quito, the architects articulated the two story dwelling as an L-shaped volume that rises gently from the ground.
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casa 9B sits on a corner lot with an area of 700 sqm. regulations stipulated that the new house couldn’t occupy the whole site, therefore, bernardo bustamante arquitectos planned the L-shaped configuration. this shape affords privacy from the street and openness towards a central patio. to reinforce this design strategy, the perimeter elevations are mostly solid while the patio in the middle of the house features large expanses of glass to enjoy the outdoor areas.
the L-shaped floor plan also informs the programmatic organization; bedroom accommodation is reserved for the long, introspective wing and the central area contains the social heart of the home. here, residents can enjoy a palatial kitchen, dining, and living area that extends outside onto a covered terrace and the garden with two large carob trees that had already existed on the site for many years.
the duality of spaces between public and private is also manifested in the construction system. the private area is made with a system of concrete load-bearing walls, with discreet openings, making the rooms contained and warm spaces, while the social area is completely opened by large windows that merge with the garden and the sky.
the concrete walls were formed with a formwork system of eucalyptus staves, which appear in all the spaces of the house, showing an extreme prolixity due to the quality of the exposed concrete, which is consistent with the pine stave in the false lay-outs. this vertical modulation of the marks of the molds in the concrete is repeated in the metal and wooden doors, generating order in the facades.
the project generates an important contribution to the ornament of the city, by being implanted in an l parallel to the surrounding roads, even marking the corner with a curve that gives continuity to the urban layout and with its resolution on a single floor, it generates a great sense of space in the front gardens and having respected the existing trees from the very beginning.
the construction of the house was interrupted by the confinement of covid 19. it was projected a few months before, and we never foresaw the situation that would occur in the world due to the pandemic. we have verified that these open, generous and ventilated spaces, have made the confinements for the family, more bearable, making the house capable of adapting to the different conditions that may arise, prioritizing the comfort of the habitants.
diagrams by bernardo bustamante arquitectos
floor plan by bernardo bustamante arquitectos
name: casa 9B
location: el chiche, ecuador
architect: bernardo bustamante arquitectos
area: 300 sqm (3,229.17 sqft)
edited by: lynne myers | designboom