23-03-2017

La Pesca by Natura Futura Arquitectura, Ecuador

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The young architects from Ecuadorian studio Natura Futura Arquitectura worked with local residents to refurbish a fishmonger's in Babahoyo in the province of Los Ríos, Ecuador.



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La Pesca by Natura Futura Arquitectura, Ecuador The young architects from Ecuadorian studio Natura Futura Arquitectura worked with local residents to refurbish a fishmonger's in Babahoyo in the province of Los Ríos, Ecuador. The result is a new urban reference point.


A proactive fusion of public space and private enterprise to the benefit of the neighbourhood that is home to the old fishmonger's called “La Pesca”, which has been completely revamped to give it a modern take, adding services for customers who can now enjoy meals on the outside patio. This how we could describe the latest project by Natura Futura Arquitectura, , the architecture firm known to our readers for their very attentive work to the social and urban context, closely tied to the principles of participative architecture  (El Tallercito, A House for Someone like Me, The House of a Thousand on One Tales, Proyecto Chacras, El Portal Invisible)
In the case of “La Pesca”, the young architects, therefore, took into account the desire of the client - and shop owner - to expand and smarten the place up, and at the same time the local environment. The fishmonger is located on the ground floor of an apartment building, and the residents have land-use rights for the area around the building, which gets really lively, particularly at night.
By using participated architecture practices and engaging with the residents who would be directly affected by the work, they sought design solutions that would meet the approval of all the stakeholders. The thing that brings it all together in the first place is the choice of wood for the patio-deck. This traditional material of the riverside fishing town facilitates dialogue with the urban backdrop. The fact there are no walls or partitions whatsoever between the street and the small adjoining square encourages interaction between restaurant customers and local residents, creating a streamlined, modern urban space.
“La Pesca” by Natura Futura Arquitectura is a virtuous example of how a private enterprise in an urban community can play an active role in the creative and construction processes for architecture that is truly shared.

Christiane Bürklein

Project: Natura Futura Arquitectura
Project manager: José Fernando Gomez 
Project team: Astrid Acaro Chacón, Herman Laroze, Aparecida Arguello, Gabriel Cuenca Lissete Arteaga, Fausto Quiroz.
Location: Babahoyo – Ecuador
Year: 2017
Photography: Natura Futura

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