odD House 1.0, located in the sector of Tumbaco in Quito, Ecuador was conceived as a therapeutic experiment and change of lifestyle for an elderly couple and their family after living in a rustic style home for over 30 years.
Programmatically, the house has a variety of social and intimate spaces, while maintaining clarity of form. A courtyard is used as the diagrammatic anchor, marking the transition between indoor and outdoor areas. A linear nave marked by a massive concrete wall serves as the main programmatic distributor and buffer, separating private from social areas. The concept of serialism is applied throughout the house with pattern in the floors, walls, and ceilings, giving every space a different rhythm and characteristic.
Every tectonic element is showcased in its most natural and sincere form. Naturally finished steel columns, beams and base plates are used for the structure. Exposed concrete is used for the floors, walls and ceiling slabs. Locally extracted stone is used for the exterior façade and courtyard floor. Additionally, recycled wood from the client´s previous home is used for the floors in the private areas, doors, and entry gate.
The concave roof serves as the main formal expression of the house, suspended over massive 30cmx30cm steel columns and overhanging 5m on both sides. The waffle slab system lightens the structure, enabling for such cantilever in what is a high seismic area. In addition, the curvature also serves as a strategy for water drainage on specific points, where needed.
The form is meant to negate extremes, as a ´mean´ to balance the change in program as well as the human psyche through one single architectural expression.