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BIG DOUBLES DOWN ON QUITO WITH INSPIRED MIXED-USE TOWER

Following the under-construction, mixed-use IQON tower in the Ecuadorian capital of Quito, Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has unveiled a second project there: a 24-story mixed-use tower called EPIQ that takes inspiration from the city’s historic red herringbone sidewalks and the landscaped park it faces, dezeen reports. Designed in collaboration with Quito’s Uribe & Schwarzkopf, EPIQ consists of two curved blocks clad in a red herringbone façade with pockets of greenery. It will incorporate numerous sustainable features and have amenities such as an outdoor swimming pool, a cinema, bowling alley and arty areas. Slated for completion in 2022, EPIQ will rise from site near Quito’s Old City in the Parque La Carolina neighborhood and join projects by architects such as Moshe Safdie.