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A House in Ecuador Inspired by the Exposed Concrete It’s Made From

08.24.22 | By
A House in Ecuador Inspired by the Exposed Concrete It’s Made From

CYAN arq+dis designed OBRA GRIS (A House in Gray), a modern home in Puembo, Quito, Ecuador inspired by the simplicity of the materials. Bypassing a “finished” look, the architects utilized materials, like exposed concrete, steel, and glass, and welcomed their imperfections to achieve the industrial aesthetic they desired.

angled view of exterior of modern home with glass wall and overhang

exterior view of modern house made beige stone

During the design process, they focused on the spatial, the aesthetic, and the adaptation of the place. The layout was kept open allowing the spaces to feel connected as the homeowners like to be in contact with each other throughout the day. The couple works from home and wanted the spaces to be adaptable depending on their daily needs. They also didn’t want it to feel like there was a difference between the living spaces and the working spaces.

side exterior view of modern home with patio and overhang

closeup exterior view of grey stone with yellow pipe

exterior view of unique modern home made of grey stone

closeup exterior view of open front door entry with view through to the back of the house

interior view of industrial modern house with double height ceiling in kitchen

With no finishing or decorative details to cover up mistakes during the construction process, they had to ensure everything was perfect to reach the aesthetic they wanted.

interior view of industrial modern house with double height ceiling and mezzanine level

interior view of industrial modern house with open stairs and man climbing them

The sides of the house are closed off with two exposed concrete walls to create privacy between their house and the neighbors on both sides. The back and front of the house are open with large expanses of windows to enjoy the views.

interior view of industrial modern house with small grey sofa

interior view of industrial modern house

interior view of industrial modern house from mezzanine level looking out through back wall of windows

exterior view of modern industrial house

exterior view of modern industrial house

Photos by JAG STUDIO.

Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.