IQON by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) IQON (Courtesy of Pablo Casals Aguirre) IQON is BIG’s first building in Quito and its first project in South America. Standing at 32 storeys, it is now the tallest building in the Ecuadorian capital.
Project Name: IQON
Studio Name: URIBE SCHWARZKOPF
With more than 55,000 square meters, IQON offers 220 residences, 5 commercial units and 36 offices housed in the style of BIG’s iconic architecture. The facade is shaped by a cascade of concrete boxes running down the entire vertical of the building with a curved corner offering residents unparalleled vistas across the city, sunsets over the Pichincha volcano and views of the neighbouring La Carolina Park. In keeping with the greenery of the area, the building’s balconies offer a variety of native trees and plants, which will flourish over the coming years, transforming the facade of the building into a celebration of Quito’s verdant biodiversity.
Amenities include a rooftop pool and terrace; gym and squash court; spa with sauna, steam room and jacuzzi; a bowling alley; music room; poker room; business center and meeting rooms; and a ground floor plaza with generous public spaces, retail units and a vegetable garden. IQON features a mix of one, two and three-bedroom homes, as well as 9 penthouses, boasting unrivalled views of the Quito skyline and city. Residences are now available to view and purchase, with prices starting at $123,892 USD for a one bedroom apartment.
“We’ve tried to take all the iconic qualities of Quito – such as the enjoyment of living in one of the most biodiverse places on the planet, in a city on the equator where the seasons are perfect for both human and plant life – and bring that experience into the vertical dimension. IQON is an entire vertical community of individual homes; an extension of La Carolina Park that now climbs all the way up to the rooftop,” says Bjarke Ingels, Founder and Creative Director, BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group. IQON is the first mixed-use building in Quito to have a preliminary EDGE certification, granted by GBCI (Green Business Certification Inc.) and IFC (International Finance Corporation) from World Bank Group.
ABOUT URIBE SCHWARZKOPF Uribe Schwarzkopf is the leading architectural planning, design, and construction company in Quito, committed to quality and innovation, building exceptional living spaces, creating community, and responsibly planning for the future of the rapidly growing city. For over 48 years, they have developed and innovated in the Ecuadorian real estate sector, designing, planning, and promoting large projects located within the city of Quito, as well as its surrounding valleys, including Cumbayá and Tumbaco. Since 1973, Uribe Schwarzkopf has built over 120 projects. Their portfolio includes condominiums, office buildings, shopping malls, and even hotels and hospitals. Each Uribe Schwarzkopf building is marked by innovation and creativity as they constantly seek to break free of established paradigms. The company offers communal environments that improve quality of life, venturing to take Quito to the forefront of world cities by creating alliances with renowned international architecture and design companies including Arquitectónica – Bernardo Fort-Brescia (Peru-Miami), YOO Inspired by Starck (London), Wanders & YOO (Amsterdam), Carlos Zapata (Venezuela-Miami), Jean Nouvel (France), Moshe Safdie (Canada-Israel), Bjarke Ingels, BIG (Denmark), and Tatiana Bilbao (Mexico).