- The House of a Thousand and One Tales by Natura Futura
What does inhabiting mean? Is it a response to our existential needs? A shelter from the weather and the offer of comfort? Or is it something that goes beyond these physical aspects?
When you look at the latest project by Ecuadorian studio Natura Futura Arquitectura you can see that there is also a playful-creative dimension of the living space, an aspect that is fostered by contextualising the construction.
The House of a Thousand and One Tales is located in the Province of Los Ríos, a zone with a warm tropical climate with a wet season lasting from December to July. These conditions require an appropriate design response, based on local traditions labour.
So, the design team from Natura Futura Arquitectura propose a house for a young family that explores the principle of duality: full and empty, light and heavy, bright and shades etc. All from the architectural perspective.
The House of a Thousand and One Tales has a solid foundation that houses the ground floor, built in exposed bricks. A second level formed of two volumes cantilever off this, like a white-coated telescope. Everything is united under a huge tine roof raised off the actual house. In this way, Natura Futura Arquitectura provides an umbrella to protect the building from the rain and from direct sunlight, at the same time creating a pleasant micro-climate by drawing on the natural cooling and ventilation provided by the gap.
The resulting house is warm, visually striking, and the occupants can decide how they want to use it, connoting the interiors and adding their own interpretation to them. Yet again, Natura Futura Arquitectura shows that it only takes simple means and a pinch of imagination- the same ingredients used by Sheherezade in A Thousand and One Nights - to create architecture that engages with its surroundings as well as with the occupants, to the joy of both together.
Or should we end with: “...and they all lived happily ever after?”
Architects: Natura Futura Arquitectura (Architect in Charge: José Fernando Gómez M; Collaborator: Fausto Quiroz, Wilma Enríquez)
Location: Montalvo, Ecuador
Project Year 2015
Photographs Juan Carlos Donoso