An apartment located in Aquiles, Ecuador was in need of a major remodel and it was the talented team of architects and designers at Quiles Jarrin studio who took on the challenge of transforming it into a unique space. The apartment has a total floor plan of 120 square meters and is situated in the historic center of the city which gives it a nice view over all the beautiful buildings in the area.
After the demolition of the interior walls the apartment became more open, spacious and airy
The owners had a clear general idea of the changes they wanted to make. They wanted less separation between all the different rooms within the apartment which led the architects to the decision to completely remove many of the interior walls. A series of support columns were left in place and slowly an open and seamless floor plan began to take shape.
A new indoor garden area was introduced into the apartment, resembling a small courtyardOne of the major goals of the renovation was to reveal the natural beauty of the materials involved
The 3-meter high ceiling is one of the major points of the apartment. It introduces a large surface of exposed concrete with a rugged texture and appearance. The ceiling represents a desire to embrace the natural state of the materials and to reveal their unfinished state rather than trying to cover up all the imperfections. This gives the apartment a very unique look and creates the idea of modern ruin. The new interior design also includes a garden that brings light, color and freshness into the apartment. This also gives it a faint forest-inspired feel. The natural light is also amplified and plays a very important role in the new design of this place. Some of the interior walls were replaced by windows that frame the green area. It’s also worth mentioning that the chromatic palette features throughout this beautiful apartment is quite diverse, with a strong emphasis on dark nuances.
At the core of the apartment stands the social area which has an interesting indoor-outdoor vibe thanks to the gardenA lot of emphasis was also placed on the natural light and ventilation throughout the apartmentThe new open layout and the new design make use of multifunctional furniture pieces which have been custom-designedAn extra long bookshelf runs along the ceiling, acting as a visual delineator between the open spacesThe dark color palette goes hand in hand with the rugged finishes and the materialsThe large windows frame beautiful views of the historic city center and showcase the facades of the nearby buildingsThe windows also give the apartment an exposed feel which is balanced out by the layout and the materials, finishes and textures used