Oriented towards the landscape, this modern home in Ecuador embraces stunning ocean and forest views.

The front and rear facades of Cabana Don Juan are made of glazed units framed in glass. The sides are made of fiber cement panels.

Located along the coast in Ecuador’s Manabí Province, Cabana Don Juan looks out over the ocean and the forest. Architect Emilio Lopez situated the home at the top of a hill to best take advantage of views, and its east-west orientation and funnel-like shape facilitate cooling cross-breezes. 

The front and rear facades of Cabana Don Juan are made of glazed units framed in glass. The sides are made of fiber cement panels.

The front and rear facades of Cabana Don Juan are made of glazed units framed in glass. The sides are made of fiber cement panels.

Photo: JAG Studio

The funnel forms on either side of the building come together at the middle, where a lofted area for bedrooms is located.

The funnel forms on either side of the building come together at the middle, where a lofted area for bedrooms is located.

Photo by JAG Studio

At roughly 1,200 square feet, the home has as simple plan. Communal, public spaces are located on the ground floor, and two bedrooms lie on the second floor in a loft-like space.

The kitchen's open plan allows residents to look outside to the water while preparing a meal.

The kitchen’s open plan allows residents to look outside to the water while preparing a meal.

Photo: JAG Studio

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