Houses, Ciudad del Mar, Manta, Ecuador
is a residential development overlooking the Pacific Ocean on the
coastline of Manta, Ecuador. The design enhances the existing waterfront
by creating a modern living community. The project consists of 26 + 2
houses with a private rooftop swimming pool in a common lounge area.
site covers 2360 square metres and has an easy connection with the
Capital Quito, Guayaquil and other major cities. The development
accommodates 26 + 2 optional units with covered car parking access from
the main road.
The site is divided into two quarters with central pedestrian access via terraced garden stairs and lift to all private houses. All units extend towards the ocean, staggered and oriented to allow those furthest from the beach to have sea views.
houses are inserted into the existing landscape, allowing each unit to
take advantage of the most pristine beach views. The terraced design
follows the existing slope of the terrain and considers the most
efficient and cost effective construction techniques. The design is not
only flexible and functionally, it appears modern, simple and luxurious
without increasing the construction cost due to unnecessary site
excavation or fill into the existing landscape. As such, the foundation
cost will be minimized.
stacking the houses along the slope, the roof of the houses below will
naturally create a terrace for the houses above. In responding to the
natural terrain, the design offers 26 + 2 stacked houses rather than
simply creating apartment units. The design provides ample open spaces
and terraces. Toward the corner, the site can easily accommodate 2 more
houses than required in the initial brief. Alternatively, this area also
can be used to extend or enlarge the adjacent houses.
overhangs are extended to provide natural shading. Using local materials
and simple construction techniques, the design respects the
overhang of terraces provides privacy between the houses. This will
increase the value of the units and enhance the appearance of the
development without increasing the overall construction cost too much.
design is based on a rationalized modular system. Hence, the
construction can be prefabricated, brought in place on site to avoid
difficult and expensive cost of pouring in-situ concrete. This will
speed up the construction process and easier to manage on site.
central pedestrian circulation zone enhances the quality of the
development with inserted terraces, providing greenery and shaded
communal spaces to rest and gather within the community.
a central access strategy is the most cost effective solution for this
particular site. The central stair will act as the primary fire escape
with a central sloping lift located on one side. The design also
considers a secondary terraced open stairs where this could be used for
secondary fire escape. Pedestrians can access the main reception and
lobby at Level 9 and 10 via terraced gardens onto the central access
while a discreet ramp lead cars to covered car park area are located
directly off from the main road.
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