On April 10th, our principal Gabriela Anker presented the innovation of the Gaia building facade at the 2019 CTBUH conference in Shenzhen China. The talk “Pushing the boundaries of facade construction in Ecuador” discussed that to achieve the design intent of the building, new materials had to be explored. GFRC’s properties, like high tensile strength, impact resistance, durability, low thermal expansion, thermal conductivity, erosion resistance, light weight and low density led to the first adoption of the technology in Ecuador.
On May 23 2018, Arq. Gabriela Anker and Arq. Gabriela Valdez spoke about the reflections on underutilized urban lots through the LAB US case study.
The project LAB US consists of the temporary reactivation of a pre-existing house to harbor a laboratory of ideas that discusses the sustainable urban development of the city of Quito. The architectonic intention of the study was to rescue the pure and apparently original geometry of the house and to exploit it.
Leppanen Anker presented with Uribe Schwarzkopf the innovation of the Gaia building at the Tall Innovation conference 2018 in Chicago. The presentation showcased the Gaia Building, that has been constructed as a new landmark for the city. Comprised of a total of 15,000 square meters of mixed-use space and topped with a large roof garden, this construction is visually connected with the distant Andes mountains. The 15-story tower merges commercial opportunities on the ground floor, offices on the next four levels, and residential units the rest of the way to the top. The design and the construction process of the building utilizes a repeatable pattern system of Glass fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC) to reduce the number of construction molds used in creating the distinctive white façade. Learn More
On April 2018, Lnoppen held the Latin America Mixed Use Expansion Summit in Bogotá, Colombia. The Latin America Mixed Use Expansion Summit brought together local and international stakeholders, government officials, construction companies, developers, architects, consultants and equipment providers to discuss the current construction sector. Learn More
As Latins, we understand the importance of indigenous legacies like music, dances, food, arts, crafts, clothing, folk culture and traditions that have been taught through centuries to all of us. Markets are a good example where traditions are reinforced, with colors, sounds, history, and identity each market becomes an interpretation of the ancient shops.The project, located in Washington, was the interpretation of markets as tissues and fluid spaces that are intertwined virtually and physically as cultures converge with each other. Likewise, these places are like living organisms that change with seasons and needs. Keeping that in mind it was decided to create a connected space that celebrates the colors and traditions that users can experiment through the project while creating spaces that respond to the architectural program. Learn More