Micro-home in Ecuador with big potential

New York City architecture firm PJCArchitecture teamed up with its design-build division in Ecuador, Make Estudio, to create a micro-home in Napoles, Ecuador that relies on passive heating and cooling.



Consisting of two brick forms connected by a glass concrete bridge, the home expands over 65-square-metres and includes everything a home needs. Through careful and considerate design, the micro-home features a variety of elements that allow it to function passively and appropriately.

One of the brick forms features a double-height space that is accentuated by custom-built, floor-to-ceiling glass and metal doors that let in an abundance of natural light and make the home feel connected to the outdoor environment.

Lead architect on the project, Nandar Godoy-Dineen explains “the design is based not only on the client’s needs but on her desire to embrace the local environment, culture and vernacular.”

The primary materials used on the project include locally sourced brick, steel, concrete and glass, all specifically chosen to assist with passive heating and cooling and create a stylish abode. The home relies on the large floor-to-ceiling windows and doors to passively heat and cool the space. Accommodating to the everchanging climate temperatures, the brick walls act as a heater to trap the heat inside at night, while the operable doors and windows provide cross ventilation throughout the home.

Photography by Juank Paredes

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