House Between Walls
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House Between Walls

AL BORDE

ARCHITECTS
AL BORDE

YEAR
2008

AREA
180 m²

PHOTOGRAPHS
Raed Gindeya

LEAD ARCHITECTS
David Barragán, Pascual Gangotena

ARCHITECT SPECIALIST IN EARTH CONSTRUCTIONS
Bolívar Romero

CONSTRUCTION
AL BORDE, Miguel Ramos

LOCATION
Tumbaco, Ecuador

COLLABORATION
Estefanía Jácome, José Antonio Vivanco

CATEGORY
Houses, Community

The desire to settle forever in a space that feels like one's own, the search to live in harmony with nature, the need for autonomy.

House Between Walls
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House Between Walls
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The three members that make up the family, the low budget understood as optimization of spaces and resources.

The phrase “There is always another way of doing things and another way of living”, coined by the owner of the house, became the starting point for our work.

House Between Walls
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House Between Walls
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Away from Quito and the vertigo of the city, the house is implanted on the slopes of the Ilaló volcano in an indomitable terrain with a high slope, limited by two ravines, opening to the view of the valley.

A cut in the sloping terrain allows for generating a platform for the settlement of the project and enough raw material to generate thick load-bearing walls.

House Between Walls
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House Between Walls
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An offering is deposited in the energetic center that works.

The succession of these clay walls and the different heights of the roof causes the house to split into spaces, either by user or activity.

House Between Walls
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House Between Walls
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House Between Walls
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House Between Walls
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A ceremony is held to request permission from the volcano, and offerings and good omens are buried, generating an energetic center.

The undulating and irregular shape resulting from the cut in the ground defines the orderly and rectilinear layout of each rammed earth wall.

House Between Walls
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House Between Walls
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House Between Walls
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House Between Walls
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The undulating and irregular shape resulting from the cut in the ground defines the orderly and rectilinear layout of each rammed earth wall.

The circulation, concentrated in an extensive corridor.

Forms an element that isolates the project from the immediate neighbors.

House Between Walls
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House Between Walls
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To avoid the domino effect, the walls break their parallelism, resolving the structure and strengthening the character of each “shelter”.

To become aware of the great section of the rammed earth, we excavated the walls and placed the furniture in them as a strategy for optimizing the space.

ASKING ILALÓ FOR PERMISSION.

The harmonious relationship between nature and the built object is very important for the owner.

House Between Walls
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House Between Walls
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House Between Walls
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House Between Walls
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Reinforces the autonomy of each space and promotes the opening of these towards the attractive view.

House Between Walls
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House Between Walls
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House Between Walls
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House Between Walls
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House Between Walls
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House Between Walls
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House Between Walls
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House Between Walls
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House Between Walls
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House Between Walls
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House Between Walls
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House Between Walls
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Al Borde
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Al Borde
Francisco Andrade Marín 381 and Eloy Alfaro, Luxxo Building, Department 502, Quito, Ecuador