PJCArchitecture creates "non-pretentious" tiny home in Ecuador

PJCArchitecture has accomplished a micro-home in Napoles, Ecuador with two brick types linked by a glass bridge that depends on passive heating and cooling.

New York Metropolis-based PJCArchitecture leveraged Make Estudio, its design-build division in Ecuador, to assemble the 700-square-foot (65-square-metre) weekend getaway on the nook of a quarter-acre lot.

The tiny home was designed as a weekend getaway

“The design is predicated not solely on the consumer’s wants however on her need to embrace the native setting, tradition, and vernacular,” stated lead architect Nandar Godoy-Dinneen. “It was additionally closely formed by the supply of development supplies and by working throughout the native traditions.”

The studio sourced native brick, metal, concrete and glass as the house’s major supplies.

Exterior of a brick micro home with double-height window facade
It was constructed from locally-sourced bricks

Created with native craftsmen and crew in 2022, the home seems to be a single stable brick type from far-off, however on method, two brick plenty seem.

The bigger type is a double-height house that holds a front room with a freestanding bronze fire. The eating room and kitchen are tucked beneath a versatile loft house, accessed by a metal ladder.

“Customized-built floor-to-ceiling glass and steel doorways mix the boundaries between indoors and out, maximizing pure gentle and capturing exterior views of the panorama whereas contributing to a extra spacious feeling within the residence,” the studio stated.

The smaller brick type comprises a bed room with a glazed wall and a toilet with a perforated brick wall that brings gentle and shadows by way of the display screen and serves as a wall planter on the outside.

Double-height living space with brick walls and grid window facade
A big facade gives views of the environment

A glass and concrete bridge connects the 2 bins.

“Its gentle quantity helps to emphasise the essential idea of the home, which is 2 almost-pure brick and steel buildings linked to turn into one cohesive construction,” Godoy-Dinneen stated.

Using vernacular constructing methods, the house has no lively methods however depends on passive photo voltaic design to accommodate the local weather’s shifting temperatures.

Two cuboid brick structures with a glazed facade by PJCArchitecture
The 2 brick buildings have been linked by a glass bridge

The brick partitions function a thermal mass, releasing saved warmth at night time, whereas the operable doorways and home windows present cross air flow by way of the home and the encompassing timber shade the massive expanses of glass.

“We needed to create a non-pretentious construction that included all this system necessities and embrace the setting and native traditions,” Godoy-Dinneen stated. Following a ‘much less is extra’ motto, the studio realized that “a easy undertaking with a restricted price range may be as profitable as a big and extra advanced one.”

Close by in Quito, ERDC Arquitectos and Taller Normal’s Horno de Pan was additionally constructed with brick in an analogous format, nonetheless this home is characterised by a vaulted roof.

The images is by Juank Paredes.

Mission credit:

Design staff: Nandar Godoy-Dinneen (Lead Architect), Philip Consalvo, Julian Uribe, Juliana Sorzano
Building: Alfonso Toasa
Hanging fire and home windows: Saurus – Ecuador