New Project | Qorner Residential Tower

Safdie Architects partners with Uribe & Schwarzkopf

Joseph Schwarzkopf and Moshe Safdie discuss features of the design at a workshop in August 2018.

Safdie Architects (SA) has been selected to design Qorner, a new residential tower in Quito, Ecuador, in collaboration with leading Ecuadorean construction firm, Uribe & Schwarzkopf, renowned for delivering iconic residential projects in Ecuador’s capital and beyond. The 24-story tower, overlooking La Carolina Park, features vertically stacked dwellings with units staggered in and out, creating generous garden terraces on each level. Qorner is SA’s first residential building in South America, and first project in Ecuador.

Qorner expands the firm’s work in South America, which includes the Albert Einstein Education and Research Center in São Paulo, Brazil and the Serena Del Mar Hospital in Cartagena, Colombia. 

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Principals Sean Scensor and Jaron Lubin lead the Safdie Architects' team during a workshop with U&S.


About Safdie Architects

Safdie Architects is an architecture and urban design studio imbued with a spirit of idealism and innovation. With intense personal involvement of Moshe Safdie and the core group of principals, the practice operates in the model of a design studio environment—research-oriented and forward-thinking, drawing upon a depth of experience to solve contemporary building challenges in imaginative and unexpected ways. 

The firm’s recently completed residential projects around the world include Singapore (Sky Habitat) and Qinhuangdao, China (Habitat Qinhuangdao), as well as projects under construction in Colombo, Sri Lanka (Altair) and Toronto, Canada (Monde).


About Uribe & Schwarzkopf

"At the Height of the World"

We leave an indelible, avant-garde and disruptive legacy in Ecuador’s design and architecture profile. Uribe & Schwarzkopf celebrates 45 years of building more than 120 projects in Ecuador, which is almost unprecedented for an Ecuadorian company.   Our work has made an economic and social impact in the creation of more than 3,000 jobs in different areas, which affects more than 20,000 families. Uribe & Schwarzkopf does not just develop real estate projects, but creates buildings that are considered real "works of art". 

We aim to go a step beyond standards to change Ecuador’s profile, becoming a key component for growth and evolution. We are pioneers in the use of technology and leaders in design and construction innovation, providing integral services to improve the quality of life of our clients. We work under strict parameters of sustainability and functionality. Through our unique designs, we break schemes, generate trends, and set guidelines in the evolution of the future of our city’s architecture, combining environmental awareness, responsible development, and lifestyle improvements.  

Learn more about Uribe & Schwarzkopf here.

Quito, as seen from the Qorner project site.


Watch an interview with Moshe Safdie about Qorner.

Published in Media on September 6, 2018