House of the Flying Beds by Al Borde

Living in the 18th century, sleeping in the air

Project Specs


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Built in the late eighteenth century, at first sight the house gave the impression of not being useful at all. It had only one-floor plan, the brick floor was broken, the eighty square meters were dark and cold, and the wood roof structure was rotten. Only the earth walls seemed able to be refurbish, which at first glance they did not look so bad at all.



The family does not seek for privacy: kitchen, living, dining, and bathroom are for communal use. Almost public because the project is thought to receive visitors and friends all the time. In this house for all, the private space is reduced to the bed of each one of the members of the family.

▼住宅最终看起来就是它18世纪时的样子,the final finishes of the completed work are almost the same as they were there in eighteenth century

▼住宅临街立面,street-front facade


The final finishes of the completed work are almost the same as they were there in eighteenth century. The refurbish actions are a few and strategic: structural walls are reinforced, rammed earth is treated, doors and windows that were in poor condition are changed, and the floor is polish concrete.

▼破旧的门窗被置换,doors and windows that were in poor condition are changed

▼地板使用抛光混凝土,the polished concrete acts as the floor


The project demands a new roof, so we take advantage of this action and solve the bedrooms too. A new upper bond beam connects the walls. Over it, eucalyptus trusses were installed each meter and fifty-five centimeters. Between each truss there is a bed, in total three pairs of habitable trusses were assembled.

▼每两个桁架之间的下方区域都悬空设置一张床,Between each truss there is a bed


It was impossible to reuse the roof tiles; their poor condition turned them into patio backfill material. The roof is solved with shingles of old tires and a ridge of recycled glass that swallows light, heats and illuminates the interior.

▼使用可回收玻璃搭建屋顶,从而使阳光能够照进室内,the roof is solved with a ridge of recycled glass that swallows light

▼通向悬空床位的楼梯,the staircase to flying beds

▼夹层楼板连接了3个床位,并且为住户提供了不一样的视野,the floor of attic connects three beds together, meanwhile providing residents with a distinctive view

▼建筑室内,interior view

▼加建圈梁和桉木制的桁架,a new upper bond beam and eucalyptus trusses were installed over it

▼一层平面图,1F floor

▼阁楼平面图,attic floor plan


Architects: Al Borde 
Al Borde Colaborators: Charlotte Vaxelaire
Construction Management: José Guerrero
Structural Engineering: Patricio Cevallos & Mathieu Lamour
Design: 2015
Construction: 2016 – 2017
Construction: Builder Miguel Ramos + ENOBRA + Edison Marcial
Location: La Esperanza, Imbabura, Ecuador
Photography: JAG Studio, Al Borde & ENOBRA

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