The Tacuri House, or Casa Tacuri, is built by Ecuadorian studio Gabriel Rivera Arquitectos in a town known for its exceptional views of the Cumbayá Valley and its abundance of flora, including the native Algarrobo trees that grow all around. All of the existing Algarrobo trees on the property were retained, resulting in a timeless house that feels as if it has grown from nature itself.
Built on a sloped site, the multi-storey house was designed to respect the natural environment. U-shaped in plan, the residence consists of three volumes organized around a central courtyard and connected by a covered walkway. Exterior walls consist of concrete and honey-toned wood, along with vast stretches of glass framed in black metal. Concrete slabs intersect with one another. The metallic columns, like tree trunks, hold the slabs together in a sophisticated adaptation to the natural topography.
The three wings vary in height. The front volume, which overlooks the street, rises two storeys. The lower level is tucked behind a fence and contains a garage. Concrete stairs lead to the upper level, where the team placed a dining area, living room and kitchen. A portion of the roof is lifted up to form a clerestory window.
Running perpendicular to the public volume is the more private wing. Two bedrooms and a den occupy the ground level, while a master suite is located above. Topped with an overhanging roof, the master bedroom is surrounded by glazed walls and opens onto a generous terrace. Its elevated position offers the sensation of living up in the trees. The third volume, situated in the rear of the courtyard, contains a small studio.
The interior has a restrained yet warm atmosphere, with rooms featuring concrete ceilings, wooden accents and contemporary decor. Throughout the dwelling, floor-to-ceiling windows provide a strong connection to the verdant landscape.