parasitic house is a tiny 12 sqm dwelling by el sindicato in ecuador

perched on the rooftop of an existing building within the san juan neighborhood of quito in ecuador, el sindicato arquitectura has built ‘parasitic house’ (casa parásito) – a compact dwelling measuring just 12 sqm. the project is inspired by a quote from former uruguayan politician, josé mujica, who said: ‘poor is not who owns little, but who needs a lot’. with this ethos in mind, the tiny structure provides only the basic living functions for an individual or couple.

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designed byel sindicato to optimize the reduced area, the program includes a bathroom, kitchen, bed, storage space and a flexible space for eating, working and socializing. constructed using a timber A-frame, the rectangular core of the house has been conceived for ‘standing’ activities, such as cooking in the kitchen area. adjacent to this core, the smaller triangles and rhomboids provide places for storage and sleeping, while also providing the structure with additional stability.

casa parásito is a tiny 12 sqm house designed by el sindicato arquitectura in ecuador designboom

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the interior of ‘casa parásito’ is characterized by the OSB panels that have been utilized as a minimal finish. the facing north façade is composed of a large window, bringing in natural light and offering views over the city. to the south façade, however, frosted glass has been implemented to provide privacy from neighbors. the remaining elevations are clad in steel panels in an effort to avoid direct sunlight from the east and west.

casa parásito is a tiny 12 sqm house designed by el sindicato arquitectura in ecuador designboom

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the structure is made up of 3 modules created by 4 structural frames. considering the timber structure and substructure for fixing the steel panels of cladding, the architects created a 12cm insulation void, which is filled with coconut fibre as insulating material. steel foundations are employed to attach the project to the slab of the existing structure.

casa parásito is a tiny 12 sqm house designed by el sindicato arquitectura in ecuador designboom

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although, it is possible to build the project in urban or rural plots without existing constructions, ideally its construction should occur on underused rooftops of urban edifications that are structurally sound. buildings where one can connect to the existing water, waste and electrical grids. in this way, the house contributes to the densification of the city on only a very small scale, with a minimum of economic investment and use of resources, as well as contributing to the conservation of the architectural heritage.

 

casa parásito is a tiny 12 sqm house designed by el sindicato arquitectura in ecuador designboom

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casa parásito is a tiny 12 sqm house designed by el sindicato arquitectura in ecuador designboom

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casa parásito is a tiny 12 sqm house designed by el sindicato arquitectura in ecuador designboom

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casa parásito is a tiny 12 sqm house designed by el sindicato arquitectura in ecuador designboom

image © andres.v.fotografia

image © andres.v.fotografia

casa parásito is a tiny 12 sqm house designed by el sindicato arquitectura in ecuador designboom

image © andres.v.fotografia

casa parásito is a tiny 12 sqm house designed by el sindicato arquitectura in ecuador designboom

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casa parásito is a tiny 12 sqm house designed by el sindicato arquitectura in ecuador designboom

image © el sindicato arquitectura

casa parásito is a tiny 12 sqm house designed by el sindicato arquitectura in ecuador designboom

image © el sindicato arquitectura

casa parásito is a tiny 12 sqm house designed by el sindicato arquitectura in ecuador designboom

image © el sindicato arquitectura

 

 

project info:

 

project name: ‘casa parásito’ (parasitic house)

location: san juan, quito, ecuador

architect: el sindicato arquitectura

 

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edited by: lynne myers | designboom