Bjarke Ingels reveals towering project in South America's greenest capital

by Andrew Manns | 09 May 2019

Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) have unveiled plans for EPIQ – the firm's second project in Quito, Ecuador.

Overlooking La Carolina Park, a 165-acre green space in the city, the 24-storey building will comprise a variety of wellness and residential amenities, including a rooftop pool, spa centre, extensive lounges, a music room, a fitness suite, and a yoga area.

In an apparent evocation of the Spanish Colonial buildings in Quito's UNESCO-recognised old town, the tower will also feature a rose-coloured facade.

Quito's ecological heritage, meanwhile, (the city has been called South America’s "greenest capital") will be reflected in EPIQ's heavily foliaged gardens and terraces.

Other on-site amenities will include shopping units, offices, and residences.

The scheme is the architects' second commission for developer Uribe & Schwarzkopf after IQON, which is also in development near La Carolina.

Speaking on the project, BIG said: "While the facade pattern is based on the scale of the individual apartments, the red and pink hues give each volume its own identity.

"Together, these residential blocks form a vertical neighbourhood that exemplifies a new approach to integrating outdoor space into a high-density residential building aimed at fostering a community."

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Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) have unveiled plans for EPIQ – the firm's second project in Quito, Ecuador. Overlooking La Carolina Park, a 165-acre green space in the city, the 24-storey building will comprise a variety of wellness and residential amenities, including a rooftop pool, spa centre, extensive lounges, a music room, a fitness suite, and a yoga area. In an apparent evocation of the Spanish Colonial buildings in Quito's UNESCO-recognised
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