Estudio Felipe Escudero has completed a private residence Magnolia House. Felipe Escudero, founder and principal of the Quito-based architecture and design firm with residential and public projects that focus on modern, futuristic, organic, and functional spaces with a consciousness of the natural environment, built the home for his mother who has an affinity for Magnolia trees.
Established in 2012, Estudio Felipe Escudero focuses on design, business tactics, and experiential innovation. Before founding his firm, Felipe Escudero held positions with Heatherwick Studio in London; MAD Architects in Beijing; and Space4Architecture in NYC.
Magnolia House, which elegantly sits on the ground like a spaceship that just landed, acts as a surprise element in the landscape. The private residence is built around a courtyard that frames a Magnolia tree at the center. Its design features one thin post-tensioned concrete slab with large spans and overhangs, allowing a traditionally rigid and heavy material to look like it’s floating in space. Walls seamlessly turn into the roof and sections of overhanging roof naturally cool the house. Magnolia House features a hidden industrial kitchen.
Magnolia House is furnished with the pieces from the firm’s first furniture collection, NEAR LIFE. Inspired by nature, pool fluffs, glass lamps, a dining set with table and chairs, look like fossils from the future.
Industrial, high-tech, and long-lasting materials are combined with soft and cozy textiles to respond to the necessities of daily use.
There is also a wine rack made of crystal and clear resin to look like crystal ice, and an exclusive sculpture made of glass fiber that was created for the house.
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