In Ecuador, the CRIBA Building infringes on its walls as an antidote from the fear and lack of communicationUntitled Article
In the San Antonio district of Ambato City, where urbanization has been transformed over the years from open and jovial to barricaded behind impenetrable walls due to a lack of security, the Cibra Building proposes a breathable architectural alternative that is once again a way of engaging for the neighborhood
RAMA Arquitectura's idea is to "fragment the walls" both physically and symbolically, proposing a building surface made of adjustable wooden slats that let you see inside but also provide security and allow the light to filter in as needed. The project of the Cibra Building aims to give the city an element which opens to the street, which gives its space to the neighborhood and allows the neighborhood to be part of it.
Seeing and being seen is part of a response to the insecurity and lack of communication which has been experienced in recent years.
Between the floors of the building are distributed homes whose gravitational center is identified in the kitchen, as a symbolic point of warmth of daily life, this environment fulcrum then articulates the private space at night and the social space of the house. All the apartments are equipped with a master bedroom and a second room that, thanks to mobile wooden partitions, can be used at will as two other independent rooms or one large space
At the construction level, a structure in reinforced concrete partitions, which support the three lightened slabs of the floors. All elements are modulated into standard panels and formwork sizes in order to minimize material waste and to reduce construction time and costs. Septa make up the majority of the interior divisions, while other divisions are raised with pressed block masonry, which reduces time, cost and volume of material in wall reinforcement and plaster
The project also includes a large wall with recycled stone from the previous building. These and other strategies are designed to create a project that is efficient, practical and minimizes its environmental impact. Wood and metal are two other materials that complete the materials: we find them in the elements that make up the façade-filter, in the interior stairs, and in the details inside the apartments