Rama Estudio has fronted this apartment block in Ambato, Ecuador with wooden louvres to encourage interactions between residents and passersby.
Edificio Criba is located in the residential neighbourhood of San Antonio. Rama Estudio, an architecture firm with offices in Quito, designed the property to improve the area’s street life, which it says has been in decline in recent years.
Edificio Criba位於聖安東尼奧的住宅區。 Rama Estudio是一家在基多設有辦事處的建築公司，設計了該物業以改善該地區的街道生活，據稱近年來這一地區已經出現下滑。
“The homeowners who once lived in this area have changed, and the united neighbourhood that once existed has become a walled neighbourhood, lacking in community and public space,” said Rama Estudio in a project description.
Instead of putting up a compound wall around the 400-square-metre building, Rama Estudio designed a permeable facade that provides residents views to the street. It also allows pedestrians to catch glimpses of the inner life of the building.
Rama Estudio不是在400平方米的建築物周圍設置複合牆，而是設計了一個可滲透的立面，為居民提供街景。 它還允許行人瞥見建築物的內部生活。
“Seeing and being seen is part of a response to the lack of communication and insecurity that has been experienced in recent years, where the streets delimit their journey with high walls totally impermeable to a daily reality,” said the studio.
The three-storey building’s front facade is covered with vertical wooden louvres, which provide shade to the three residence’s exterior terraces. An open staircase made of weathered steel suspended metal cables is also visible beyond this screen.
The ground level unit has three bedrooms, and is organised to make the most of the site’s irregular plot. “The complex angles of the land gave the pattern to generate light courtyards and spatial organisation on each floor,” said Rama Estudio.
The two upper units each have two bedrooms laid out around the kitchen, which the architects describe as the “fundamental point of the home”. One of these is the master bedroom, located towards the back of the building for more privacy.
地面層設有三間臥室，可以充分利用場地的不規則地塊。 “這片土地的複雜角度賦予了每個樓層生成輕型庭院和空間組織的模式，”Rama Estudio說。
The other room can be divided with a movable wall, allowing the space to be used in different ways. Possible configurations include two smaller bedrooms, an additional sitting area, or a combination of the both.
Rama Estudio sought to emphasise the building’s concrete structure, leaving the slab exposed at the ceilings. “Wood and metal are the two materials that complement the structure in closures, facade, vertical circulation, details among others,” it said.
Rama Estudio試圖強調建築的混凝土結構，使板塊暴露在天花板上。 “木材和金屬是兩種材料，在封閉，立面，垂直循環，細節等方面與結構相輔相成，”它說。
Rama Estudio recently completed a rammed-earth dwelling with an angular roof and clerestory windows in the south of Ecuador. A number of projects are also underway in Quito, the country’s capital, including a a rounded apartment building designed by BIG with earth-toned tiles covering the exterior.
Rama Estudio最近在厄瓜多爾南部完成了一個帶有角形屋頂和天窗的夯土住宅。 該國首都基多還開展了許多項目，其中包括一座由BIG設計的圓形公寓樓，外部採用土色瓷磚。