Located in Puembo, Ecuador, Magnolia House is a spacious villa with a central and prominent patio, designed by Estudio Felipe Escudero.
The one-story building is situated around the central courtyard that surrounds a great magnolia tree. The architect built the dwelling especially for his mother who loved these plants from her very childhood.
The whole house revolves around one tree. The studio described its project as the spaceship that has just landed. Concrete, the rigid and heavy material looks like it flies in space. The great overhangs provide natural cooling to the areas underneath. The only thing that interrupts the concrete wall is the magnolia tree, the top of which is seen from the central open-air courtyard.
The inside courtyard can be reached via glass doors in the glass walls from the floor to the ceiling. Bedrooms are situated throughout the whole home. The left part of the house features the kids' bedroom, bathroom, the main bedroom, and the wardrobe. Besides the central courtyard, there is also an indoor and outdoor living room which is separated by great sliding doors that shows the view on the large terrace and swimming pool. The designs include a collection of furniture entirely designed by the architects. As a result, the interiors present a cohesive vision that supports the vision of the villa's overall minimalist concept.