Single family Houses

A family house for three persons, located in a private urbanization in the Valley of Cumbaya in Quito, where two-floor single family homes predominate.


The plot is located on the edge of the slope and the valley, so it was sought to place the house at the highest level, to obtain the best views. The project is a perpendicular bar to the street, which feeds on the best orientation and allows a large garden whose perception

expands with the street and at the same time gives green to the public space.


The house was placed following the axes of the neighbors, both in plan and in section, seeking to join the empty spaces between houses.


The project starts from two retaining walls, where two boxes are settled perpendicularly containing, the public and the private zones. In the empty space, between the boxes, the distributor hall is located, which crosses the house, allowing a direct access to the garden.


Almost the entire program is solved in the first floor; only the garage, laundry, service bathroom and cellars, area located in the basement that appears between the two concrete walls. All the living spaces area located towards the view of the Valley, the mountains, the main garden, and is oriented towards the sun of the morning. The service spaces are organized towards the slope, related to a more content and controlled garden.


The implantation of the architectonic object, divides the garden into two parts, a public one, with a contemplative garden that accompanies the access, and a recreational back garden, with a teak wood platform with a whirlpool. The planning respected all the trees of the plot, highlighting a large Carob tree at the end of the circulation axis, that covers the main room with its shadow.


The foundation is made of reinforced concrete, where a lightweight system of metal structure is supported, allowing to obtain large lights and open spaces. The windowframes are made of black aluminum, controlling the different relationships that each room needs with the outside.


It is a very correct and orderly house, nourished by the conditions of the environment, to enhance what was built as part of a clean and cost-efficient project.

Casa DA - Pillagua

Design year: 2016

Year of construction: 2018-2019

Project area: 233m2

A weekend house, located on one of the hills that create a border around the town of Yaruquí, which is noticeably developed by the new airport of Quito.


The hillside terrain with a dropping slope offers impressive views towards the Tababela Valley, with the City of Quito as a backdrop.


The lot is large, which allowed the dispersion of the program and enabled us to design a a single leveled building, thus reducing costs. The project has a bar as axis and a satellite; The 21 meter long bar distributes the program in a linear way, so that all spaces open onto a large porch facing the view and merging the interior with the exterior. At the same time, the horizontally placed bars provide a better adaption to the natural topography of the location. The satellite contains the covered parking lots and a large warehouse.


In this area of ​​the Andes of Quito, it has been a tradition to build with the earth of the mountains, raw earth for the adobes or burned for bricks or tiles.

The color of the buildings in the landscape is therefore the same color as the soil. In order to maintain coherence with the surroundings, the brick was emptied and used as the fundamental raw material, which allowed to solve the details in many ways.


The structure is metallic, prefabricated in a workshop and assembled on site. The carpentries are also metallic, with a system of sliding and folding doors that shield the house, in order to protect it whenever uninhabited. It also performs as a large blind to shield the porch from the sun or, in certain times of the year, from the wind.


In short, it is a contemporary house that uses traditional resources, optimizes materials and allows an agile, cheap and sustainable construction over time.

Casa Sun Villa - Yaruquí

Design year:2017

Year of construction: 2018

Project area: 200m2

Project publications:

-Nominada a obra del año 2019 en Archdaily

- Archdaily. Sun Villa


- 88design. Sun Villa in Yaruquí by Bernardo Bustamante Arquitectos

- House Sun Villa in Yaruqui, Ecuador by Bernardo Bustamante Arquitectos.

-Sun Villa. Archello:

-El Comercio. Una casa para el relax hecha con recursos tradicionales.

The Project is located in Lumbisí, one of the most ancient indigenous communes  
in the country. Was colonized by the displacement of the population of Quito, to the peripheric valleys of the city, with the search of countryside and a warmer climate. The lot, was formed by the parceling of a weekend farm developed in the 80´s.


In the lot existed a precarious construction, which were the cellars room of the original country house, and that was reused entirely for the construction of the new house.


It was really important  for the project to try to reuse everything, from the carpentry or roof sheets, to the debris generated by the overthrow of the block masonry and the concrete of the structural elements. The concrete debris, was reused in land fillings and foundations, while the block masonry and gravel, was crushed to reconvert it into new prefabricated concrete panels that were used like the skin of the façade, by this method of reuse, it was possible the avoid of eviction and it produced zero construction waste.


The construction debris, has generated an important environmental impact in the city and it has multiplied with the real estate development that Ecuador has experienced in the last years. Until recently, the ravines were used as dumps, affecting the flora and fauna that live in the geographic features. Actually, the Municipality of Quito, has implemented landfills for this type of waste, that constantly brings complications. The avoiding of waste generation, reduce the debris in the dumps, and exclude the large displacements of dump trucks to place these wastes.


The property is on the top of a small hill, allowing extraordinary views toward the valley of Tumbaco and the Ilaló hill. To the east, it borders with two parks that guarantee the visuals and to the north and west with two street that facilitated the division of the program into a house and an architecture studio, making the access independent and voiding privacy conflicts.


The project is a bar of 20m length and 6m width that is collocated perpendicular to the secondary street, which allows a triangular garden whose dimension multiplies by merging with the parks. The starts from the highest point in the topography, generating a subsoil for the parking lots in the lower area, avoiding the land movements.


The continuity of the bar, is broken into the back garden on the top floor, with a volume of four meter in cantilever, where the master bathroom works, leaving the ground floor free to generate an external covered porch that is accessible from the social area. The ground floor is free, increasing the sensation of more space. There is a double height in the lounge area, which is related with the familiar social area in upper floor.

Casa Su - Lumbisí

Design year: 2017

Year of construction: 2017

Project area: 270m2

Project publications:

- El Comercio 180113, 13 de enero de 2018.

- Residencias-Construir La casa natural de hormigón acero y vidrio por Yadira Trujillo.

- Archdaily. 28 de mayo del 2018. Casa Su / Bernardo Bustamante Arquitectos

- Divisare. 29 de mayo del 2018.

-Clave! edición #81. Uso eficiente de recursos en arquitectura. Julio - Agosto 2018

-Trama ediciones #148. Casa SU. Octubre 2018

-Casa Su. Archello.

The Guarango House is located in Rumiloma, one of the hills that stems from the Ilaló, a hill that has recently been integrated to become part of Quito´s rapidly growing urban area. Rumiloma´s irregular topography with its steep slopes and sharp ravines creates an astonishing view of the Ecuadorean Andes.


The house is situated in the uppermost area of a large batch of three hectares taking advantage of a natural existing platform similar to the plant of the houses´ single floor base area which avoids interfering with the land´s natural given characteristics .


The architectural program was conceived as a weekend two bedroom home, with a social area that doubles its size by integrating the outer covered terrace which in itself extends its view endlessly towards the Inga Valley, the site of Ecuador´s first human settlements.


It was built in 75 days, optimizing resources to reduce costs to a mínimum, despite the difficult access to the projects location.


The construction technology used, fuses the metal framework with load- bearing brick masonry. A contemporary effect is achieved with the use of ancestral resources such as handcrafted clay bricks made at the same location with clay soil from the ground.


In the Inner architectural design, the need to close and shield the house on all fronts when the owners are not present was taken into account  by creating a system of sliding gates designed to also hide from view within the same structures of the house when open.


Water is scarce in this region and there is no drinking water supply. It doesn´t rain for half of the year , therefore rain water is collected from the roof in an artificial grotto dug next to the house which is then complemented by a system of cisterns that collect water through integrated gutters placed in strategic areas of the land which in turn help with the reforestation of the site.


This project demonstrates how it is possible to solve the need to build a weekend house in a rural area with a unique and simple volume using honest traditional and contemporary materials, and without hiding constructive elements, generating efficiency and synthetism consistent with a sustainable idea.

Casa El Guarango - Ilaló

Design year: 2016

Year of construction: 2016

Project area: 108m2

Project publications:

- Proyecto nominado a mejor obra del año por Archdaily 2016

- Trama ediciones #135. Mayo 2016

- Plataforma de Arquitectura: Casa el Guarango

- Casa el Guarango-INHABITANT. The sustainable, hilltop home in Ecuador built in 75 days 

- Casa el Guarango-NEHNUTELNOSTI. Tento dom vás inÅ¡piruje! Postavili ho len za 75 dní a vyzerá bombasticky. 
- El Comercio. Construir. 16-01-2016

- Archivo BAQ 2016. Casa El Guarango

- Archello. El Guarango House.

-El Comercio. El ladrillo, un material cálido y resistente que tiene varios usos.

Casa MD - Pillagua

Design year: 2017

Year of construction: 2018-2019

Project area: 280m2

Casa Viña del Chiche 2 - Viña del Chiche

Design year: 2019

Year of construction: In project

Project area: 300m2

Casa De la Torre - Lumbisí

Design year: 2016

Year of construction: 2016 - 2017

Project area: 450m2

A project of three terraced units, that take advantage of the complexity of the terrain to solve the distribution of the program. The units are independent with private gardens which can be accessed through the living space.


Located in Lumbisí, one of the most ancient indigenous communes in the country. Was colonized by the displacement of the population of Quito, to the peripheric valleys of the city, in the search of countryside and a warmer climate. The lot, was formed by the parceling of a weekend farm developed in the 80´s.


The program contemplates three homes; two units of 104m2 for the sons and one of 200m2 for the parents. A decision for the project was to use the natural slope of the terrain, in order to place the sons’ zone in the lower part of the lot, generating a big uniform platform that allows the parents’ unit to be located in the upper floor, where the roof of the sons’ houses are transformed into the garden of the house belonging to the parents.


The slope of the principal street, leads to the units in the lower floor, which gives access to the parking lots and the unit in the upper floor at the top of the street.


The spring weather of Quito’s valleys, allows the outdoor spaces to be used throughout the year, therefore it has been a priority to create a generation of individual gardens that connect to the living spaces of the houses.


The lot has an irregular shape, which is why it was planned to set up two structural meshes that intersect, in order to adapt to the geometry of the terrain. The structure uses concrete walls with metallic columns and beams, that support the slabs with collaborative plate.


It is a synthetic proposal, which adapts to the topography y morphology of the terrain, with simple volumes that generate spaces of good quality and effective use of sunshine and daylight.

Casas Chiviquí - Chiviquí

Design year: 2016

Year of construction: 2017

Project area: 1000m2

Project publications:

- Archdaily. Casas Chiviquí

- Nominado a obra del año 2018 por ARCHDAILY.

Chiviquí is a neighborhood of Tumbaco, located in the foothills of the Ilaló volcano, traditionally of agribusiness, it seems to be colonized by new settlers from displacements of the population of Quito to the valleys, where multiple new constructions of single and multifamily houses have been implanted.


The project is placed in a cornered plot, inside of a little stock of six lots limited by a passage and the main road of the complex, which allowed the placement of the houses in the perimeter, each one in its own street, closing the corner with the buildings and allowing the independent access to each of them along the tracks.



The proposal comes with the need of making two twin houses for two brothers. The program was extensive and the lot reduced, for which it was proposed to generate common areas that could be shared among users, optimizing the use of the land.


The parking lots and service spaces were placed underground, taking advantage of the natural slope that facilitate the access, from the underground is possible the entrance to the houses directly to the two independent circulating nuclei, which then becomes the vertical circulations of each one of the houses. Also, they share gardens, recreational areas like the swimming pool and whirlpool that are located in the patio that embrace the buildings.


The houses have similar areas, but they are not same; three bedrooms, each one with its own bathroom a dressing room, television room, a study room that is linked to the double height and a wide social area that is contained in a monospace, living room dining room and an open kitchen, all these areas are closed to a big exterior porch covered by the volumes of the top floor.


The constructive system is of foundations and retaining walls of reinforced concrete with columns and steel beams, slabs on cooperating plate.


The arquitectural response pretends to be coherent with the place. The scale of the building is respectful with the neighbors, the corner is marked by a three meters float, the implantation of the volumes is parallel to the urban plot which allows wide front gardens towards the streets keeping the vegetation as protagonists, according to the landscape of the valleys of Quito

Casa-estudio Fotógrafía - La Morita

Design year: 2016

Year of construction: 2016 - 2017

Project area: 210m2

Project publications:

- Trama ediciones #140. Mayo 2017

-* Divisare 2018:

The theme of the project is seductive, it could be considered as a student exercise of the first levels in the school of architecture. Since the moment the subject was proposed, it was an interesting challenge.


Is a living and working project, built with a very low budget, in only six months, using traditional a contemporary materials. The position of the building is located toward the views and blocks the wind and the intense Sun of the evening.


The house is implanted in a big piece of land of 8000m2, that allows to disperse the program and develop it in a single floor plan. It was solved in a single bar with the spaces of stay and a satellite container of parkings and warehouses. The bar is oriented east-west, turning its back to the wind and avoiding the intense sunning of the Tumbaco Valley.


The program is divided in two fundamental parts: one is a photography studio and the other is the house for a single person. The studio is a single room with a depth of 6 meters that can be opened in its front to move the camera away to accomplish the technical requirements of the space. Also, it is complemented with a dressing room and a bathroom.



The house is divided in a public zone where there is the living room and an open kitchen; a service block separates the private area that contains the master bedroom with its bathroom and dressing room. All the spaces of stay, are connected by a porch located toward the view of the Valley of Tumbaco.


The initial budget was low, one of the reasons to solve it in one single floor plan, and look for and efficient structural system compounded of steel beams and columns, with concrete slabs.


With the purpose of reducing costs, it was finished in a very simple way: for the ceiling, plywood boards were used supported within the structural joists. The pavements are concrete smoothed and sealed. The parking container is a basic metallic structure covered with industrial metal sheet, which dialogs with the photography studio coated in the same way.


The front façade of the house is composed of concrete slats made in place, and glass, which together with the way the channels of the studio sheet, placed vertically, helps to balance the horizontality of the 25 meters long bar. In the back façade only, the service spaces are closed, the rest is glazed and permeable to merge the interior spaces with the covered outdoor terrace.


The result of this Project, atypical, with an empty space that divides the work zone and the house area, allows the crossing of the bar to the back yard. It is solved in a synthetic way, where the minimum operations solve the maximum of the problems. Obtaining a contemporary low-cost project.

Casa La Rivera - Guangopolo

Design year: 2013

Year of construction: 2013-2014

Project area: 380m2

Project publications:

- Mención de honor al premio ornato ciudad de Quito.

- Proyecto nominado a mejor obra del año por Archdaily 2016

- Trama ediciones #127. Casa La Rivera.

-Archivo BAQ 2014. Casa La Rivera

-Archello. House in Quito.


The project is located in one of the nearby valleys of Quito, with constant annual temperatures of 20 degrees Celsius on average. It is generated from two lines that open into the natural slope of the valley, which ends in two important volcanoes of the Ecuadorian Andes, Cotopaxi and Pasochoa.


The project is on the slopes of Ilaló volcano that generate a very strong immediate landscape along with an artificial reservoir


We began with the division of the program into three volumes that intersect and form a central void where the porch is located. Due to the spring-like weather year-round, the porch became the heart of the home.


The volume with the public program is oriented north - south, thus avoiding the intense equatorial sun and allowing to see through a large window overlooking the valley and volcanoes. In contrast, the private volume is a suspended bar oriented east-west to receive sunlight in a more controlled way during the morning and evening. The services are in a third volume.


The intersection of the three elements leaves an unbuilt void, which becomes the porch, the center of gravity of the house.

Casa Viña del Chice - El Chiche

Design year: 2019

Year of construction: In project

Project area: 300m2

Casa en el bosque - Alangasí

Design year: 2016

Year of construction: In project

Project area: 210m2

Project publications:

- Dossier de Arquitectura Trama #1

Casa en El Talud - Nayón

Design year: 2017

Year of construction: 2018

Project area: 358m2

Casa Plaza El Parque - Puembo

Design year: 2016

Year of construction: In construction

Project area: 300m2

Project publications:

- Dossier de Arquitectura Trama #1

Casa AS - Nayón

Design year: 2019

Year of construction: In project

Project area: 315m2

Casa Viña del Chiche - El Chiche 

Design year: 2015

Year of construction: 2019

Project area: 267m2

Casa de Campo - Puembo

Design year: 2016

Year of construction: In project

Project area: 190m2

Casa La Cerámica - Tumbaco

Design year: 2019

Year of construction: In project

Project area: 330m2

Casa Terraviva - Ilalo

Design year: 2018

Year of construction: In project

Project area: 400m2

Casa San Pedro de Taboada - San Pedro de Taboada

Design year: 2016

Year of construction: 2016 - 2017

Project area: 253m2

Casa Santa Cruz - Conocoto

Design year: 2003

Year of construction: 2003

Project area: 352m2

Project publications:


Casa Torres Moreno - Nayón

Design year: 2016

Year of construction: 2017

Project area: 280m2

Casa La Merced - La Merced

Design year: 2014

Year of construction: In project

Project area: 285m2

Casa Los Mastodontes -Carcelén

Design year: 2016

Year of construction: 2016

Project area: 234m2

Casa Olmedo - Cayambe

Design year: 2015

Year of construction: In project

Project area: 145m2

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