Oh, designed in collaboration with Arquitectonica and Wanders & YOO, is a residential and iconic building in Quito’s Gonzalez Suarez avenue. A complex comprising two separate towers – one 18 and the other 16 stories – connected by a sky bridge and joined in the lobby, drawing a new profile on Quito’s skyline. The building’s distinctive facade, which is both angular and undulating, forms a type of urban sculpture that embraces the impressive 360-degree views of the city and surrounding valleys.
In the lobby of the building, two large columns designed as an homage to woven baskets were handwoven locally from recycled materials. The space’s moss-inspired carpet was also handwoven by local artisans and commissioned by Olga Fisch Folklore, a business founded in Quito over 70 years ago by Bauhaus-trained WWII refugee Olga Fisch to professionalize the business of traditional craftsmen and preserve Ecuador’s artisan heritage. Complementing the work of local craftsmen, the communal spaces also feature pieces from international furniture brands, including Moooi, Capellini, Vondom, Flos, Bocci, Kartell, Paola Lenti, Tom Dixon, among others.
Oh uses materials with a low ecological impact, and draws from its own energy sources to power the hallways, paths, and outdoor areas. Its green terraces are also designed to reduce the heat island effect of large cities.
The chic avenue of handsome residential towers largely built in the second half of the last century has some of the best views west over the city, and east down over Guápulo into the valley of Cumbayá.