Leppanen Anker Arquitectura

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IKIAM UNIVERSITY

TYPE: UNIVERSITY
SIZE: 35,000 M²
LOCATION: TENA, ECUADOR
TEAM: GABRIELA ANKER, AARON LEPPANEN, CAROLINE DIEDEN, ALBERTO JÁTIVA, PETER MATTHEWS, SOFÍA CHÁVEZ

Work in collaboration with: dHUA + Estudio A0

IKIAM focuses on the user’s experience with their natural environment and how to generate that connection in a sustainable way. The organic form of the model is related to the dynamism of the Ecuadorian Amazon. The whole is floating on the natural landscape in this way conserving the existing vegetation.

The use of wood as a covering material abroad responds to a thorough investigation during the design process. The decision was made to use Seke wood, as opposed to other types of local woods such as Mashpi, for its resistance, durability and general appearance.