Ecuadorian firm Estudio Felipe Escudero describes its recently finished Casa Roca as the “physical form of a hug.” What does that look like exactly? Let’s just say it takes a lot of concrete and some creative use of shape.
The architects designed the house in Quito with a textured concrete facade that wraps into a curve. The front and side walls are rounded, creating what they describe as a gesture of two arms wrapping around each other. We’ll buy it.
Meanwhile, the back is built with floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding doors that open the space up the the warm Ecuadorian climate. “Its curved skin of exposed concrete surrounds the three sides of the construction and offers a cozy privacy in its interior spaces,” the architects write.
Inside, the house boasts sterling white floors and an eye-catching wooden staircase that acts as the centerpiece to the home. Our favorite feature is a small nook carved out of the curved facade—an unexpected quiet moment in an unorthodox design.