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Walkable rooftops interconnect family home on a slope in Ecuador

Walkable rooftops interconnect...
Ecuadorian architectural firm El Sindicato has recently created a unique family home built into a slope
Ecuadorian architectural firm El Sindicato has recently created a unique family home built into a slope

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Ecuadorian architectural firm El Sindicato has recently created a unique family home built into a slope
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Ecuadorian architectural firm El Sindicato has recently created a unique family home built into a slope

The home features three distinct structures that are adjoined via walkable rooftops
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The home features three distinct structures that are adjoined via walkable rooftops

Casa En Pendiente, or House on a Slope features interior glass corridors
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Casa En Pendiente, or House on a Slope features interior glass corridors

The unique family home boasts a series of intertwining private gardens
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The unique family home boasts a series of intertwining private gardens

The home was built using reinforced cavity brick walls, combined with a 5cm (2 inch) concrete shell
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The home was built using reinforced cavity brick walls, combined with a 5cm (2 inch) concrete shell
The interior features concrete flooring and ceilings and exposed brick walls
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The interior features concrete flooring and ceilings and exposed brick walls
Casa En Pendiente, or House on a Slope in English, was built to suit a family of four and their growing needs
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Casa En Pendiente, or House on a Slope in English, was built to suit a family of four and their growing needs
Each unit is interconnected with a stunning interior glass-walled staircase, navigating the steep slope
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Each unit is interconnected with a stunning interior glass-walled staircase, navigating the steep slope

The home was designed to fit perfectly onto its sloped plot
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The home was designed to fit perfectly onto its sloped plot
The home provides privacy and independence to the owner’s two daughters as they approach adulthood
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The home provides privacy and independence to the owner’s two daughters as they approach adulthood
Casa En Pendiente includes the integration of three separate building volumes that are positioned gradually down the sloped landscape
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Casa En Pendiente includes the integration of three separate building volumes that are positioned gradually down the sloped landscape
The interior pathway is replicated above the home with its walkable rooftops
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The interior pathway is replicated above the home with its walkable rooftops
The second volume features a large modern kitchen with an additional open space for dinning and socializing
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The second volume features a large modern kitchen with an additional open space for dinning and socializing
The kitchen, positioned in the heart of the home, brings the family together
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The kitchen, positioned in the heart of the home, brings the family together
Three separate buildings are interconnected through interior and exterior pathways
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Three separate buildings are interconnected through interior and exterior pathways
Floor-to-ceiling glass windows encased in black aluminum are featured throughout the home
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Floor-to-ceiling glass windows encased in black aluminum are featured throughout the home
The glass walls allow natural light to filter through to the lower sections of the home
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The glass walls allow natural light to filter through to the lower sections of the home
The clever design also allows the family to enjoy the several curated garden zones
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The clever design also allows the family to enjoy the several curated garden zones
The second volume of the home features the master bedroom with private bathroom
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The second volume of the home features the master bedroom with private bathroom
Each unit is encased by the beautiful curated external gardens
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Each unit is encased by the beautiful curated external gardens
The internal concrete staircase navigates the steep slope the home is positioned on
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The internal concrete staircase navigates the steep slope the home is positioned on
The glass windows capture the striking views towards the Ilalo volcano
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The glass windows capture the striking views towards the Ilalo volcano
Ecuadorian architectural firm El Sindicato has recently created a unique family home built into a slope
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Ecuadorian architectural firm El Sindicato has recently created a unique family home built into a slope
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Ecuadorian architectural firm El Sindicato has created a unique family home built into a slope. The dwelling features three distinct structures that are adjoined via walkable rooftops, interior glass corridors and a series of intertwining private gardens. Dubbed Casa En Pendiente, or "House on a Slope" in English, the unusual home was built to suit a family of four and their growing needs. It was designed to fit perfectly onto its sloped plot, while also providing privacy and independence to the owner’s two daughters as they approach adulthood.

To meet the client’s particular needs, the architects came up with a creative solution that includes the integration of three separate buildings (aka volumes) that are positioned gradually down the sloped landscape and interconnected through interior and exterior pathways.

"As conceptual strategy for the project, the required spaces were defined to be highly segregated as an answer to solve the independence needed between them," stated El Sindicato Arquitectura. "The location of each space was defined by placing compatible spaces near to each other according to the family routines. It was defined that all the spaces will be connected only by a path that solves the steep slopes at ground level."

Three separate buildings are interconnected through interior and exterior pathways
Three separate buildings are interconnected through interior and exterior pathways

The home was built using reinforced cavity brick walls, combined with a 5-cm (2-in) concrete shell. The interior maintains the same trend, with concrete flooring and ceilings, exposed brick walls, and floor-to-ceiling glass windows encased in black aluminum.

The first main block of the home is located adjacent to the garage, and includes the main entrance, open living room, separate dining area, and shared bathroom. The second volume of the home is positioned in the middle of the three blocks, and features the master bedroom with private bathroom, home office and large modern kitchen with an additional open space for dinning and socializing. The third block is the lowest of them all, and is made up of two bedrooms, a shared bathroom, extra-large dressing room and plenty of storage space.

Floor-to-ceiling glass windows encased in black aluminum are featured throughout the home
Floor-to-ceiling glass windows encased in black aluminum are featured throughout the home

Each unit is interconnected with an interior glass-walled staircase, navigating the steep slope and encased by the external gardens. The glass walls allow natural light to filter through to the lower sections of the home, while also capturing the striking views of the Ilalo volcano.

The interior pathway is replicated above the home with its walkable rooftops, allowing accessibility to each section of the home from the inside or out. This clever design also allows the family to enjoy the several curated garden zones.

Source: El Sindicato Arquitectura

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2 comments
2 comments
BlueOak
Rooftops are so commonly underutilized, especially in locations where land is tight and the views might be pretty nice.
ljaques
I like the concept and look from the outside, but all that concrete and brick inside would be sharp and loud as hell, not to mention dangerous to kids, adults, and old folks.