Selva Alegre

PrizeFinalists in Build (architecture)
CompanyLeppanen Anker Arquitectura and Insolito
ArtistAaron Leppanen / Veronica Burbano
Design TeamLead Architects Aaron Leppanen, Gabriela Anker / Lead Designers: Veronica Burbano de Lara, Camila Burbano de Lara / Team: Leppanen Anker office
CreditBicubik and Jag Studio.
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Selva Alegre takes inspiration from the surrounding environment, the Andes Mountains in Ecuador. This wooden house is located away from the city, in an open landscape ideal for a retreat space. Our concept was to return to the roots of the hacienda house typology in terms of form and material but with a modern twist. This strategy resulted in a continuous wavy blanket which gently protects the program below it. The main spaces are opened towards the different views through prefabricated laminated beams whose curvature frames the visuals, creating a symbiosis between the context and the house.

Leppanen Anker Arquitectura is an award winning architectural firm founded in 2012 in Quito, Ecuador by Aaron Leppanen and Gabriela Anker. The office focuses in developing spatial experiences that consider the needs of their clients through the fusion of parametric tools with contextual, cultural, material, formal and sustainable influences. Its international experience includes working across multiple scales, programs, cultures and locations with diverse background experience in Residential, Commercial, Cultural, Educational and Health Care projects both in the public and private sectors.