San Juan House in Quito Historic Downtown, Ecuador by Jose María Saez

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A house in Quito's Historic Old Town turns its gaze on a private garden. On the old terrace, the new hall becomes a connector between the interior and the exterior. A continuous steel girder reaffirms the vocation of openness to the landscape, while its horizontality unifies the facade facing the garden.

The extremes of the beam are delicately separated from the adobe (sun-dried mud brick) wall, barely tapping them. The mobile gallery allows for a wide range of openings towards the garden, user selectable room can regain its original condition terrace.

The constructive system is the principal actor of this original house and its land: Hanging a beam of eighteen meters, placing a ceiling on structural walls, digging a crack in the ground to save the sharp drop.

Inside, the hall is an internal connector, the heart of the house. Massive, substantive, timeless, is the extreme expression of the materiality of the house. Its verticality relates only to the sun and the other rooms. The thick and irregular perforations are aligned with the internal visuals, creating a primitive and non-obvious order.

Architects: Jose María Sáez
Client: Andrés Bueno and Ana María Armijos
Contractor: Jaime Quinga, Luis Pillajo
Project year: 2005-2007
Photographers: Raed Gindeya, Jose María Sáez