It is said that in the sixteenth century, pre-colonial Spanish architects used to be asked by clients: "Give me a home with a large patio and good corridors; and if some space is left to spare, make me a room." Thus, the architectural elements of Vivalto arise from our interest to reinterpret the typology of Moorish courtyard houses that are typical is post-colonial Quito and make it contemporary.
Covered by glass, the central courtyard open slate rally to the exterior through two openings at the end of each corridor. Each internal hallway is flanked by wood planters with random geometric patterns that break the orthogonal lines of the interior "walls". These openings promote cross ventilation to prevent green house effect and improve the acoustic characteristics of the central courtyard.
Contributed by: Arq. Esteban Najas Raad - NAJAS ARQUITECTOS
Complete Article and Images are available in Building Giants November 2014 Issue