Los Faiques Dwellings, designed by Duran & Hermida Arquitectos Asociados combines the attributes of a few modern greats into a fresh take on the Ecuadorian site. Located in Valle de Yunguilla, the multi-family residence combines the iconic use of columns from Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye with structure and planes similar to those in Johnson’s Glass House. The use of slender, black columns both allows for a freer interior plan as well as a transition between the surrounding Faique trees and the home’s wooden interiors by way of the veranda. Some of the wooden framing in the home is movable, and caters to the open plan and dynamic quality of the space. The natural is reintroduced into the equation with the plantings on the flat roof, and contributes to passive building design.

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Kimberly is a graduate from MIT's Department of Architecture, and has recently joined the publication team at MIT OpenCourseWare. While architecture remains her first love, her interests encompass literature – epic poetry and Medieval romances are her favorite – and also fashion.

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