Gaia Building, Ecuador
Completed at the end of 2016, the Gaia Building has been heralded as a new landmark for the Ecuadorian capital of Quito. Designed by Leppanen + Anker Arquitectos, the building uses an innovative moulded façade system.
Creating 15,000 sq. m of mixed-use space, and topped with a large roof garden, the 15-storey tower provides a combination of commercial, office and residential units.
The building uses a repeating pattern to reduce the number of moulds used in forming the distinctive glass fibre reinforced concrete (GFRC) façade.
The benefits of this sinuous façade material include the efficiency and ease of its installation. A system of adjustable metallic connections allows easy alignment of the complex forms, and the 4m panels can be reused.
As the first new construction in the neighbourhood, the intention behind the design was to combine diverse elements to produce a ‘play of light and shadow of the surroundings’. Carved around the perimeter are deep balconies, intended to help reduce solar gain allow large glazing sections to be used without reducing the efficiency of the passively-controlled internal spaces.
[All images © Sebastián Crespo]
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
Featured articles and news
What is a residual valuation of land and what does it involve? Have a look at our introductory article.
What will be needed to manage and plan Hinkley Point C successfully?
BSRIA publish new Topic Guide on the issues surrounding Brexit.
Around 6,000 elephants were involved in the construction of the world's largest religious monument, Angkor Wat.
Government publishes new guidance document for landlords about the April 2018 changes.
ICE publish new briefing sheet on municipal energy transmission, retailing, and legislation.
CIOB awards include origami floor joists and BIM MOOC (Massive Open Online Course).
The first CIC briefing of 2017 covered a construction economic forecast, illegal migrant workers, and a Crossrail 2 update.
Have a look at this competition-winning proposal for a new mountain range-like complex in China.
This spherical house in Vienna is considered a micro-nation - the Republic of Kugelmugel.
"Teachers and schools do not understand construction very well" and need to do more, according to Carol Lynch.