The highly sophisticated architecture of the UNASUR new headquarters is absolutely incredible. The intricate forms and lines used in the design create such a dramatic impact; the cantilever forms the most powerful and original element of the structure. Floating above a shallow body of water, the massive cantilever volume symbolizes a sense of freedom. Designed by the Diego Guayasamin Arquitectos, the new headquarters building beautifully uses the different reflective surfaces, such as glass and water, to generate various effects. The water reflections make the massive cantilever appear ‘light’ and the different transparencies symbolize social and political transparency.
Social interactions are encouraged through the design of a large entrance plaza; this open space is created through the set back of the design from the plot’s edge. Moving into the interior space, the design displays a very neutral-colour atmosphere and integrates more reflective glass planes. The spaces flow from one another through a continuation of different volumes.
The main atrium space connects the different building levels together through a staircase. A glazed canopy characterizes this central area while different planted trees give it a strong natural character. The design integrates multiple recreational activities into its program as well as a theater and a library. This eye-catching design will certainly stand out as a bold architectural statement in the city of Quito, Ecuador.