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Architecture Portfolio 2009 - 2018


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Professional ABSA (BMW, Porsche, and Dior) Cumbayá Urbanización Valle Montana - Gated Community VE House San Luis Mixed Used Project - Massing Terrazas de los Ceibos Housing Project Alitas Benditas (Holly Wings) Restaurant Textile Factory San Pedro Isola Housing Project 1001Carros Car Dealership

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Academic Food and Identity: Culinary Center Theraserialization: Mental Health Institute Social Catalyst II: Expo Center Social Catalyst I: USFQ Student Center Moving Components: Rotating Volume Apartment

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Edificio Alisal de la Orellana Av. Francisco de Orellana y 6 de Diciembre Quito, Ecuador T: +593 98 771 5855 E: gvaldivieso@valdivieso-arquitectos.com E: gabriel.jose.valdivieso@gmail.com 2.


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THE LAST OF THE FIRST Arch Out Loud - Impact Competition Hollywood: The Last House on Muholland Teammate: Rupali Morzaria Year: 2017 Director’s Choice He plays pretend. His identity—his mannerisms, passions, and physique, have been corrugated and pitted to fit each of his new roles. In his years working in Hollywood he has remained young and pliable yet classic, slowly cultivating a thoroughbred legacy. He is delicate and decisive in his performances, accumulating egos and character personas like a pockmarked palimpsest. But alone at home he is left in solitude to examine and revaluate his newly configured form. He stands firm and solid, reorienting his acquired skin within the oeuvre of his work, the many versions of his self. In the open cut out of his home he appears as a statue, detached yet enraptured by the city’s bleeding lights. He holds his muscles stiff to confine and soothe the violence rippling within him. He has learnt to draw himself in. He must be strong-- he is himself and he is everyone. ________________________________________________ The Last of the First Residence proposes a montage of program to create a home that reconfigures to the immediate needs of the resident while providing a space that is adaptable and customizable. Our proposal integrates an interior kinetic volume—a rotating platform, that contains the circulation and specialized functions (kitchen, study, bedroom, washroom) of the unit. The dynamic rotation creates the possibility for unconventional programmatic combinations to align with the ideal living conditions (view, access to sunlight, ventilation, and openness). Our design liberates its user from the constraints of static architecture, eliminating sequential circulation, fixed program, and a definite perception of space.

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ABSA CUMBAYA Valdivieso Arquitectos Team: Alfredo Valdivieso and Gabriel Valdivieso Client: Alvarez Barba S.A. Status: For construction 2017 Year: 2014 Location: Cumbayá, Ecuador

Alvarez Barba S.A. is the exclusive dealer for Porsche, BMW, Motorrad, and Mini for Ecuador. Cumbayá, a residential suburb of Quito, has grown in the last decade becoming a high-end neighborhood. Alvarez Barba S.A. decided to build a small showroom, together with a basic service workshop, in an important site in Cumbayá. Two separated bars compose the layout for the project: one facing the highway and the other rotates to face the river. The middle area serves as an isolated space from the heavy traffic circulation through Interoceanica Ave. to host events and demonstrations. The biggest challenge was to design according to the corporate image guidelines for four strong brands while having unity throughout the building.

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URBANIZACION VALLE MONTANA Client: Arcos Design Status: Project Year: 2018 Location: CumbayĂĄ, Ecuador

The design process started with an idea of incorporating a contemporary design with traditional materials. While the pavilions and landscaping use straight lines the material pallet softens the architecture to make way for raw materials and an abundance of vegetation. The entry pavilion gives way to the main park which incorporates many of the main activities including a swimming pool, BBQ area, ďŹ re pit, bread oven, multipurpose room, and other shadow pavilions. Other parks contain sports areas and a second BBQ pavilion. Three vegetation covered totems welcome you to the gated community.

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VE HOUSE Client: Vasquez Eguiguren House Status: In construction Year: 2018 Location: Cumbayá, Ecuador

The house is located in Cumbayá, suburb of Quito. The site has a set of particular conditions which made the design extremely challenging. The topography has over 30% inclination to a 50 meter vertical drop to the Machángara River. The river has a 50 meter setback which leaves a triangular area in which the house can be built. Additionally, the clients required the entire house but the gym and kid’s rooms to be in one floor and under 250 square meters in area. The house has a triangular shape plan with a courtyard in the middle which allows for most spaces to have access to the exterior while protecting the outdoor spaces and pool area from the wind and intense sun. The materials, including the black ceramic exterior, where chosen to minimize maintenance.

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SAN LUIS HOUSING PROJECT MASSING Client: N/A Status: Project Year: 2014 Location: Los Chillos, Ecuador

The housing project is located in Los Chillos valley, a satellite city of Quito. The project, of aprox. 10,000 square meters, has a front to the San Luis Avenue and drops down to the San Pedro River. The river has an offset due to the threat of mud avalanches if the Cotopaxi volcano erupts. This made way to a massing which has three towers towards the front and a large green area toward the river. The mixed use project locates the towers around a central courtyard which allows for views from all apartments. The rotation of the towers maximizes sun light and allow all the towers lo look towards the avenue and the river.

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LOS CEIBOS HOUSING PROJECT Client: N/A Team: Alfredo Valdivieso and Gabriel Valdivieso Status: Project Year: 2017 Location: Guayaquil, Ecuador

The housing project is located in Los Ceibos on top of the hill located in Guayaquil, Ecuador. The main massing consists of two low height towers on the top plateau and a third tower that terraces down with the slope. All apartments have a balcony that helps to shield from the sun while maintaining the desired style. The central courtyard contains a pool, gym, squash courts, Jacuzzi, and multi-purpose room.

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ALITAS BENDITAS RESTAURANT Client: Alitas Benditas Status: Completed Year: 2014 Location: Cumbayá, Ecuador

Alitas Benditas (Holly Wings) restaurant is located in Cumbayá, Ecuador, a quiet valley next to the capital, Quito. The newly opened restaurant is the completion of the dream of the Correa brothers that, together with David Chavez. They sell some of the best wings in Quito and a large selection of craft beer. The design was competed with an extremely low budget. It aims to bring warmth to a particularly cold former office. The furniture is done out of recycled wood and metal. The different tones of the wood where achieve with tints that would resemble the existing brick wall. The exterior facade includes a perforated sheet of metal and the perforated chili peppers decorate the interior. The bar was filled with used silver and gold bottle caps that contrast with the black metal chili peppers. The lamps consist of grouped light bulbs that represent a chili plant upside down. Planters where hanged from several point near the roof to create shadow when fully grown.

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TEXTILE FACTORY SAN PEDRO Client: Textil San Pedro S.A. Team: Alfredo Valdivieso and Gabriel Valdivieso Status: Completed Year: 2015 Location: San Rafael, Ecuador

Commissioned by San Pedro S.A, the building is an extension to the factory located on the adjacent site. Textiles San Pedro are the biggest towel producers in Ecuador and have been in production for over forty years. The two warehouses are meant to house incoming cotton and other raw material deliveries. The warehouses where designed to keep the material dry regardless of the high amount of precipitation. For indirect lighting, a strip of high windows are located around the building. The use of steel panel on the faรงade interprets the steel panel visible in the old factory, and offers a cheap solution that is easy to maintain.

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ISOLA HOUSING PROJECT Valdivieso Arquitectos Team: Alfredo Valdivieso and Gabriel Valdivieso Client: Mutualista Pichincha Status: Project Year: 2013 Location: Quito, Ecuador

This 82-unit apartment building is located in Quito, Ecuador. The U shape of the plan is a response to a series of conditions of the site, including the small entrance and an old (pre-1950) sewage line. This residential building is the end of a quiet street but inside a mid-density urban center. The project is within walking distance of several bus lines, the trole bus system, malls, and parks. Its proximity to the “Universidad de las Americas” has increased the demand of small (55-110 m²) apartments and comfortable shared areas. In the roof a BBQ, gym, common area, 400m jogging track, mini golf, and tanning deck gives the project appeal for newlyweds, students, small families and young buyers.

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1001CARROS CAR DEALERSHIP Roberto Burneo Arquitectos Team: Roberto Burneo (Senior Architect), Carla Villanueva (Interiors), and Gabriel Valdivieso (Junior Architect) Client: Grupo Casabaca Status: Construction Delayed Year: 2014 Location: Quito, Ecuador

1001Carros is the used car division of Grupo Casabaca, responsible for many companies in Ecuador’s car industry including the exclusive dealership of Toyota. The program consists in a main exhibition space and two floors of offices on the front, while at the back it contains two double height levels of workshops and six parking levels. The building is meant to be built in four stages until the year 2030. The design is meant to transmit transparency and honesty, the core values of Grupo Casabaca. The transparency is offered by a plan which includes virtually no inner divisions while the honesty is shown through the materials which are exposed concrete and metal. The interiors is inspired by the “Obeya” working system used by Toyota. It works by having most workers, regardless of their hierarchy, in side to side desks in the center of the room. This way they are encouraged to share ideas and help each other.

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FOOD AND IDENTITY: CULINARY CENTER University of Toronto Thesis Project Professor: Jonathan Enns Year: 2016

The vast diversity of Ecuador, combined with globalization’s influences, has caused an identity struggle within the country’s gastronomy. There are no clear recipes, techniques, or guidelines on how to delineate and re-create its traditional food. This confusion in culinary culture creates little precedence for students and chefs to learn and develop. Consequently, a Culinary Center is needed to identify, study, and structure Ecuador’s gastronomic culture. Architecture has the role of being the intermediary between the people and the institution, the kinetic and the static, the informal and the institution. It needs the flexibility to adapt to different scenarios that are modeled according to multiple cultural settings while negotiating with the rigidity of the building’s services, therefore allowing culture to flourish and formalize itself in the same place. The image on the right illustrates how Ecuadorian culture occupies, overtakes, and ultimately modeled the space by rendering the image based on the paintings of magic-realist painter Endara Crow. Each color, object, and landscape feature symbolizes an aspect of Ecuador and its people.

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THERASERIALIZATION: MENTAL HEALTH INSTITUTE University of Toronto Option Studio: Mental Health Architecture Professor: Dr. Stephen Verderber Year: 2015

The immense mega-hospitals of the late 20th century were conceived and built in a manner that divorced patients from the natural environment. These complex structures isolated building occupants from the therapeutic affordances of natural daylight and ventilation, and from landscapes and gardens (Verderber & Fine, 2000). Empirical research strongly suggests that patients (and staff) experience physical environmentrelated stress in sensory-deprived architectural settings due to a lack of control, combined with and insufficient connectivity with the exterior world (Ulrich et al., 2004). Also, negative outcomes are increasingly associated with ‘healing gardens’ in many healthcare facilities, with concerns centered on their low visibility, minimal nature content, and low levels of use by persons most in need of access (Pasha, 2010; Cooper-Marcus, 2007). (Verderber, 2015) My project aims to (1) Theraserialize and (2) de-stigmatize mental health facilities while exceeding the standard requirements for an institution of this kind. To eliminate the ‘fence’ or ‘wall’ commonly surrounding this typology, the building is implanted as a courtyard. This way, patients that can’t leave the facility can enjoy an enclosed and safe space without feeling imprisoned. The design of spatial relationships, circulations, materials, and landscape aim to theraserialize; to offer therapeutic and healing spaces in a serialized matter. Therapeutic spaces offer always a view or contact with nature, air, water, and sunlight. * Publication in upcoming book ‘Innovations in Behavioural health Architecture’ by Dr. Stephen Verderber

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SOCIAL CATALYST II: EXPO CENTER Universidad San Francisco de Quito Thesis Professor: Marcelo Banderas Year: 2013

My undergraduate final project, the Exposition Center, consists of four different parts: the investigation, the park’s master plan, and the main building. The site chosen for the project is “La Carolina” Park, located in the heart of Quito’s central north area. The park has been swallowed by urban activity on all of its sides, and it is currently considered the “New City Center”. The project started as an experiment in the park, with the objective of finding out where a new building could improve the park’s activity. After an in depth investigation con the park’s current state, master plan, urban activity and a proposed master plan for a renovation with the objective of inserting an object that would concentrate social activity. The urban plan and park’s master plan maintained the current layout of the park divided in three sections, but inserted new pathways, rearranged the sports area, extended Atahualpa Ave., and replaced the Exposition Center, the most important building in the park. The site for the new building was selected as the area where the current exposition center stands given that it is the area with the most activity.

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The investigation developed as an continuation from a previous project (USFQ Student Center). This project explored the different conditions that architecture takes in account in order to facilitate and stimulate social interaction. Climate, nature, sitting places, events, and other characteristics of architecture invite people to stay in the building or its surroundings in their leisure time. This idea evolved to investigate two other strategies: appropriation of space and programmatic overlap. The programmatic overlapping divides the building into lines, volumes and surfaces, each with its own use and objective. When analyzed individually, each layer responds to different conditions. When they are intersected, the unique layers interact in unexpected ways, causing programmatic events. These unexpected mix up create interaction in users that are normally separated and add value to the space and, until a certain extent, force users to interact with each other. For example, if a resting place such as an amphitheater is crossed by a main circulation, the amphitheater will interact with the passing commuter even though it was not planned that way, and engage a greater audience.

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The Expo Center is inserted where the current one stands, between an ancient ravine and Atahualpa Ave in Quito, Ecuador. After deciding the site, an activity analyses was done on the specific site. The building was then inserted in the site as a block and then morphed to adapt to the existing conditions. This transformation blended the building into the park creating a graceful interaction that doesn’t tamper the continuity of the park. The different strategies and design tools delivered a result that isn’t as intrusive as the existing building, and adds life to the currently underused park. The building and park’s master plan are intended to act as an social activity igniter and enhance the user’s experience.

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SOCIAL CATALYST I: STUDENT CENTER USFQ Universidad San Francisco de Quito Studio: Option Studio I Professor: Marcelo Banderas Year: 2012

The project’s objective was to insert a student center with no programmatic or lot restrictions inside the USFQ campus. I added a flexible program in a medium sized building in the most transited area of the campus. As I faced several design challenges I decided to investigate how the building could respond to its dynamic program and adapt to it. Therefore it led me to analyze how architectural conditions could cause a specific behavioral response by its users. By investigating literature from various authors such as Tschumi, Ghel, Koolhass, I identified 10 different aspects in which the building and the users interact with each other, and how these aspects could be used for the building to be appropriated by the students. The building is modified by its surrounding forces such as: nearby buildings and voids, student and teachers movement within campus, surrounding uses, weather, and the campus master plan to become an important and transited building but adapted to its users. The architectural design then controls several aspects to become a welcoming place in which socialization and casual contact is triggered. The design insures proper sitting places, path finding, temperature, places to eat, vegetation, changes in level, water, and art to become a vibrant place to be. The student center acts as a Social Catalyst and enhances the users experience.

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MOVING COMPONENTS: ROTATING VOLUME APARTMENT CONCEPT University of Toronto Research Studio: Systems Professor: Jonathan Enns Year: 2016

During the early 20th Century, when architects started embracing mass housing, flexibility became a theme in the design of the dwelling. The issues surrounding the ‘minimum dwelling’ tried to offer multiple living configurations in the same space, and that way making a single room the equivalent of what in a traditionally designed house, multiple rooms. By using sliding divisions and foldout furniture the architects offered flexibility of use and spatial perception to be able to decrease the area needed but maintain the functionality of a bigger unit. The goal of reconfiguring a unit is to take full advantage of the built area. In normal conditions, no single area is used for 24 hours a day, and is therefore, not completely efficient. If a room can reconfigure to offer, for example, a day-use and nightuse, the same space multiplies the hours it is used. By reconfiguring space, a more practical system can replace the above mentioned and make the possibilities for reconfiguration even higher across different programs. If space itself can move the alignment of this space with its surroundings becomes the focus of the configuration.

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The massing of the project is a direct result of the Mid-Rise study guidelines. To show how the system works, the units where pushed towards the perimeter of the volume, leaving a void in the middle. This void exposes the different elements that make up this system. In the atrium, circulation, structure, divisions, and services each respond to its own logic and the result is shown in the empty space.

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