Safdie Architects (SA) has been selected to design Qorner, a new residential tower in Quito, Ecuador, in collaboration with leading Ecuadorean construction firm, Uribe & Schwarzkopf, renowned for delivering iconic residential projects in Ecuador’s capital and beyond. The 24-story tower, overlooking La Carolina Park, features vertically stacked dwellings with units staggered in and out, creating generous garden terraces on each level. Qorner is SA’s first residential building in South America, and first project in Ecuador.
In partnership with internationally recognized architects, Uribe & Schwarzkopf has worked to develop Quito into the premier architectural hub in the country and South America. As a result of this effort, Uribe & Schwarzkopf has collaborated with world-class firms such as Safdie Architects, among others, who have found it possible to leave their signature on the city. Together with a visionary team, Uribe & Schwarzkopf has focused on urban development with style, height, design and, above all, premium quality.
“SA is delighted to join forces with Uribe & Schwarzkopf, given their extensive track record of delivering high quality, well-crafted buildings,” said Moshe Safdie. “We pride ourselves on developing projects unique to the place and program, and at the same time, incorporating principles that have long guided our work. While our projects around the world are diverse, our principles remain steadfast for each one: access to green space, the maximization of daylight and views in each dwelling, and fostering a sense of a ‘vertical neighborhood’ wherein each apartment forms part of a greater whole.”
Making the most of an extremely small area, Qorner is sited to take full advantage of its location overlooking La Carolina Park. The fractalized tower profile features private landscaped terraces and a green garden wall on the north façade to maximize indoor-outdoor living.
Qorner expands the firm’s work in South America, which includes the Albert Einstein Education and Research Center in São Paulo, Brazil and the Serena Del Mar Hospital in Cartagena, Colombia. Along with Moshe Safdie, the Safdie Architects project team will be led by Principals Jaron Lubin and Sean Scensor.
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