Universidad Central del Ecuador / Arquitectura y Urbanismo
Urban Design and Landscape
The parish of Guamani (Quito-Ecuador), contemplates a problem of poor territorial planning and lack of infrastructure, by creating a micro-centrality, an… more
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The project is an interesting position on redefining mix use and vertical living. It questions the design response to high density, poor territorial planning and lack of infrastructure. The comments are structured at two scales:
I. Site layout Plan:
The project centres around the open spaces, river as a featured element. The source and regular maintenance issues need to be thought as much. The techniques of collecting rain water from roofs and collection can be undertaken in the river. River is traditionally a flowing entity and may be objectively redefined in this project. The use of water as a feature can further be exaggerated as a design statement, if required.
Additional foot bridges to cross the river and access the central space at intermediate point may be explored.
The linear passages inside the units would need a light source and may be captured with an opening above eye level. The passages are typically devoid of any activity and hence may be minimal in length and interesting in term of quality of space.
Entrance to units in some cases directly opens out to dining areas instead of living areas. Hierarchically in terms of privacy, it would be a good idea to modify depending on user type and cultural aspects.
Considering that 7 families will share each floor space, the circulation area may be strategically made minimal and efficient as much as possible (for example, the large unpurposed transition spaces between grid E2 and F2, A2 and B4). This space could also add up to activity areas. The circulation spaces tentatively occupying around 10 to 15% of the built up area may be considered feasible.
There are two set of lobbies in front of staircase access divided with a partition wall. This may be integrated unless for a specific use.
The play of volumes and massing in form and façade is interestingly explored.
The number of treads seems to be increased to achieve the clear heights.
The access of open space on grid F and G extends upto the private sleeping areas which may be averted to stop intruding the privacy.
The access to water supply and drainage outlets from kitchen wash areas need to be explored.
The parish of Guamani (Quito-Ecuador), contemplates a problem of poor territorial planning and lack of infrastructure, by creating a micro-centrality, an increase in population density in height is proposed with the use of mixed housing and by being located on land near A multifunctional plaza is designed for a ravine, as a proposal for empowering the community towards the ravines and rescuing the rivers. The friendly design of the square allows to maintain the native vegetation and increase it in a controlled way.
It consists of a mixed-use building, with a free ground floor that connects with the proposed landscape and commerce throughout the square, a single-family house on a standard floor plan on 3 levels. Different areas of stay such as viewpoints, exhibition areas, galleries, and garden terraces. As well as open agoras with lights and water sources that flow into the river, controlled with mitigation works in case of overflow.
Steel is the predominant material, the use of this is made in the construction of the building with pillars, and with tree-lined structures as long-term support and maintenance of nature.