The “House in Gray,” a recent project by Ecuador-based CYAN ARQ+DIS, is a distinctive single-family home in Puembo, Quito, inspired by the purity of materials and the creativity of its owners, Anthony and Paulina. The architects rejected traditional “finishing” materials, opting instead for a design that highlights the inherent beauty and “subtle imperfections” of materials like exposed concrete, steel, and glass. The house prioritizes spatial fluidity to accommodate the couple’s desire for a seamless blend of living and working spaces, and strategically features exposed concrete walls to create a sense of separation from neighbors while offering expansive views that integrate the dwelling with its natural landscape.
The House in Gray is a harmonious fusion of architectural innovation and the specific needs of its occupants. The meticulous attention to spatial design, commitment to aesthetic perfection, and deliberate integration with the surroundings showcase the architects’ dedication to crafting a living space that transcends conventional boundaries, exemplifying a new standard of architectural expression in Ecuador.
Project name: A house in gray
Architecture firm: CYAN ARQ+DIS
Architect in charge: Carlos Ogonaga
Location: Puembo, Quito, Ecuador
Completion year: 2020
Landscape: CYAN ARQ+DIS
Engineering: CYAN ARQ+DIS
Photography: JAG studio
Client: Anthony & Paulina