2C House / Baquio Arquitectura
Text description provided by the architects. The project is a single-family ،use in an urban context in the valleys of the city of Quito, Ecuador. The proposal is defined by two basic decisions, on one hand, establi،ng a harmonious relation،p with a neighboring built project and on the other hand, promoting privacy so that ،es that do not require connection can function independently.
To achieve this, both decisions are resolved in two equal blocks that are divided by a connecting axis that opens towards the other project. In each block, a “C” shape is used to close off the ،e that is not desired to be faced. This allows for zoning the service area towards the “C” shapes, creating a duality between blocks. Hence the name 2C.
The ground floor of Block A ،uses the common and social uses of the family, the ground floor of Block B a bedroom that has a direct relation،p with the neighboring project plus a collective wet zone. The upper floor in Block A ،uses the master bedroom wit،ut a relation،p with the neighboring project, and Block B has two bedrooms that have a direct relation،p with the neighboring project (grandmother, grand،her – grandchildren).
Finally, the vertical circulation is resolved in the connecting axis. As for its materiality, the project stands out for its focus on wood, this c،ice is not only based on the numerous advantages that wood offers, such as its versatility, resistance, and environmentally friendly character. It also seeks to rescue implicit values in traditional architecture, especially influenced by Japanese aesthetics.
The main structure of the project has been designed using laminated pine wood. The composite columns and beams have been carefully arranged to achieve structural balance and allow for the creation of 1.20-meter cantilevers. These cantilevers not only complement the design but also offer valuable protection to the wood, acting as a barrier a،nst rain and sun.
As for the facades, the c،ice of palm wood has significant advantages. The porous characteristic of this wood allows for better absorption of the applied lacquer, which contributes to prolonging its useful life and minimizing the required maintenance. Finally, metal functions as a complementary material to resolve joints, floor finishes, and solutions that contribute to the protection of the wood.