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The French practice Ateliers Jean Nouvel, founded by Pritzker Prize winning architect Jean Nouvel, has recently completed the first phase for stone clad Aquarela complex in Cumbayá, Quito.
The first three towers (Terra, Aqua and Cielo) have been revealed, while the subsequent three phases of completion are set to be finished by 2023.
Located on the side of a volcano, the impressive project is representative of a new type of development for the city, the high-rise apartment complex including six towers hosting 600 units comprising flats and a host of facilities – including an ice rinks, bowling alleys, mini-golf courses, mini-soccer fields, outdoor tennis and squash courts, rooftop pools for each tower, spas and saunas, yoga and spinning rooms, beauty and even a pet salon.
The design has been tailored to respond to its surroundings and the use of natural materials reflect the topography of the space: the stone exteriors intertwine with the native plants and create a beautiful exterior façade which appears as a monolith, complementing the contours of the lush green Tumbaco valley that it sits within.
Keeping sustainability as one of the driving factors in the design, the Aquarela complex demonstrates a commitment to being ecologically conscious. Solar panels mounted on the buildings will be responsible for heating the water used in the complex, water for the gardens will come from rainwater harvesting, and all the wastewater from the apartments’ plumbing systems will be filtered and re-circulated. For every felled tree cut down during the construction process, 10 more will be planted to make up for the loss.
Following the complex’s design sensibility, Pedrali furniture has been selected to furnish the interiors of the building, which is characterised by large glass windows and wooden shutters.
Buddy collection, by Busetti Garuti and Redaelli, has been selected to furnish the bowling alleys, adding fun to the space and allowing flexibility through multiple combinations. The same colourful poufs can also be found, together with Zippo modular seating and Island poufs, in some common halls of these buildings.
Tribeca collection by CMP Design is a modern reinterpretation of classic Sixties patio chairs, handmade with meticulous attention to detail. Revisited with new materials, Tribeca features a steel frame combined with the elasticity of a profile in vertically woven plastic material. Remarkably durable, easy to clean and colourful, Tribeca is exceptionally soft and comfortable; the woven cording offering a fresh and dynamic sense of flow and openness to the seat that perfectly fits in the spas and the pool sides of this innovative complex.
Osaka Metal, by CMP Design, is a collection of seating with a strong graphic impact and a welcoming three-dimensionality completed by the tactile wellbeing of ash wood, chosen for the meeting rooms in its upholstered version.
Images courtesy of Ateliers Jean Nouvel
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