“House For Someone Like Me” Makes Use of Local Materials and a Simple Layout

This project, set in the city of Babahoyo in Ecuador, attempts to address the fast-growing population demands of one of its many suburban neighborhoods. The architects, aiming to set a precedent for future builds, focused on the use of simple, readily available materials.


Social House Project - Natura Futura Arquitectura - Ecuador - Exterior Front - Humble Homes

The project has been dubbed “House for Someone Like Me”. The work was carried out on the behalf of the owner, a young entrepreneur and mother of two, who manages her own business selling fruit and vegetables in the city center. She contacted a local firm, Natura Futura Arquitectura, to design a small but functional home for her and her family.


Social House Project - Natura Futura Arquitectura - Ecuador - Kitchen - Humble Homes

The house is set on a plot measuring 23-by-66 feet (7-by-20 meters). The construction materials make use of basic typologies, but are arranged in such as way as to form a unique aesthetic (like the brickwork pattern seen to the front of the property).


Social House Project - Natura Futura Arquitectura - Ecuador - Living Area - Humble Homes

The main structure of the home is constructed mainly from masonry block and bricks. Doors and windows were finished in a mix of wood and metal. In terms of layout, the house is split up into two main sections: the public living areas, containing the living room, kitchen and dining area; and the private living areas, composed mainly of the bedrooms and bathrooms.

Social House Project - Natura Futura Arquitectura - Ecuador - Exterior Back - Humble Homes

The main living area features a series of folding doors that allow it to be opened up to the rear garden. According to the architects, the aim was to create a “connective space that converges in different activities”. All told, the two bedroom house contains a total of 915 square feet (85 square meters) of living space.

Social House Project - Natura Futura Arquitectura - Ecuador - Floor Plan - Humble Homes

From the architects: “The composition of the enclosure seeks to establish, through the visual relationship generated by the openness, the sense of belonging, security, community, confidence, and care, encouraging good-neighborly relations. The result is an architecture that encourages the what reflects on its social role on needing communities.”

For more small houses check out Zen House, a home for a Buddhist family in Vietnam. Or, Sleep and Play by Ruetemple, a space designed for kids and adults alike. See all small houses.

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Photos: Natura Futura Arquitectura

Niall Burke

Structural engineer by day, tiny house designer by night. Niall has a keen interest in small spaces, green design, and sustainability. He started developing Humble Homes while studying for his masters degree in engineering. He is the founder and managing editor of Humble Homes.

  1. A pleasant, simple floor plan. I would be interested to see the plan built with more elegant, fine materials. Simple, well-proportioned designs created with plenty of natural air-flow and natural light are, in my view, jewels of residential architecture. This comment is respectfully submitted.
    Stephan of Arkansas, USA

  2. Perfect!

    The designer has incorporated an “easy-climb” wall so the burglars in this city don’t have to contend with the razor-wire, guard dogs, and broken glass shards on the top of the wall. Such “security design” features are standard for nearly every house in South America and other similar places around the globe.

    Now the poor can be easily robbed by the people who are even more poor.

  3. I like the house. I could live here. It is a comfortable house. I live in central america. I have a block house with wooden shutters instead of glass windows. I have a fence with a locked gate and 4 noisy dogs that bite. We do not rob each other on my block.