Best Tall Building Americas Finalist: Gaia Building, Quito

Tommy Schwarzkopf
Executive President & Owner
Uribe & Schwarzkopf, Quito

Gabriela Anker
Principal and Cofounder
Leppanen + Anker Arquitectos, Quito

Contoured for the Context

Located in the Ecuadorian capital of Quito, the Gaia Building has been constructed as a new landmark for the city. Comprised of a total of 15,000 square meters of mixed-use space and topped with a large roof garden, this construction is visually connected with the distant Andes mountains. The 15-story tower merges commercial opportunities on the ground floor, offices on the next four levels, and residential units the rest of the way to the top.

The Gaia Building is sited at an important intersection within the city where urban elements converge, which heavily influenced the final design. This zone includes a new metro stop, a government building, and a commercial shopping center. It is adjacent to the city park. The design and the construction process of the building utilizes a repeatable pattern system of Glass fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC) to reduce the number of construction molds used in creating the distinctive white fa├žade.

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