Project size: 6,500 square feet

Program: The client commissioned a single-family house in a lush setting.

Location: Nayón, Quito, Ecuador

Solution: The project is located in a green area just minutes away from the urban center of Quito. The house was designed to accentuate the site’s natural topography as well as its flora and fauna. Three connected volumes are arranged around a central courtyard area. The first volume, located along the street, forms the front of the property and contains all the social spaces. A second volume, distributed in two floors and located perpendicular to the first one, consists of family and private spaces. The third volume is a study that overlooks the main courtyard. A continuous exterior path winds around the whole house.

Construction and materials: The structure is composed of concrete slab walls and ceilings, and steel columns. Fully glazed windows wrap the volumes.


Additional Information

Gross square footage: 6,500 square feet

Total project cost: withheld

Owner: withheld



Gabriel Rivera Arquitectos,, , +593 999072944, +593 999072944


Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:

Gabriel Rivera, architect


General contractor:

Gabriel Rivera Arquitectos



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Structural System

Concrete Foundation, Wood and Steel Frame

Exterior Cladding

Rainscreen: American Fiber Cement and IPE (Brazilian Wood Depot)


Metal frame: Western Window Systems


Glass: PPG Solarban 60

Skylights: Velux


Entrances: Western Window Systems

Sliding doors: Western Window Systems


Locksets: Omnia Hardware

Interior Finishes

Cabinetwork and custom woodwork: Wood Cabinet Design

Paints and stains: Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams, Messmer's

Solid surfacing: Caesarstone

Floor and wall tile: Porcelanosa (Bathrooms)


Chairs: Dining Chairs: Vitra
Living Room Chairs: Vitra and Blu Dot

Tables: Dining Table: Sovet Italia

Other furniture: Sofa: Benchmade Modern
Foyer Bench: Modernica
Exterior Furniture: Vondom


Interior ambient lighting: C Lighting, Satco Lighting

Downlights: C Lighting

Exterior: Breezeway: C Lighting

Dimming system or other lighting controls: Lutron


Unique products that contribute to sustainability: James Greenroofs (LiveRoof)