EPIQ is BIG’s second building in Quito, located in front of La Carolina Park. It is a 24-story dynamic, porous structure clad in pink colored tiles, echoing the striking natural beauty of the city and epitomizing the face of new, sustainable urbanism in the growing city. Composed of a single tower in multiple divided blocks, EPIQ is conceived as a “vertical city” that brings the dramatic natural environment of Quito into its structure, featuring landscaping throughout in synergy with the adjacent park.
This monument is inspired in our roots, without leaving behind the concepts of first-level contemporary architecture. It has been perfectly designed, creating landscapes with warm and natural textures, echoing the elements that make up our essence, such as the city’s striking sunsets, the Andean flora and fauna, and the weavings of the toquilla straw, typical to Ecuador.
Its design is characterized by the use of leading sustainable technology. This includes a greywater treatment plant to reuse rainwater, an architectural design that considers the unique climate of the city to account for the effects of the sun and reduce heating and air conditioning needs, a bank of materials to reuse and recycle construction materials, and eco-efficient appliances installed throughout.
The generous public spaces connect EPIQ to a bustling commercial center, Quito’s most beloved park, and the soon-to-open metro.
This downtown metropolitan district of impressive towers and mixed-use developments takes its name from the leafy recreational park it frames.