In 1993, Betti Sachs & Diego Falconí, consulting with their architect, Manuel Perez of Quito, began the landscape and structural design of Casa Mojanda. The finest local examples of traditional design were adapted and integrated into the final plan while countless practical details were left to the intuitive skill of local craftsmen. Construction began in May ‘93, the essential structures were finished in November ‘96, and the painstaking process of creating this superlative mountain side inn was complete when they opened in April 1996.
All of the buildings on the grounds of Casa Mojanda utilize traditional methods of construction. Structural walls of rammed earth provide cooling during the day and retain and slowly release their solar gain throughout the evening. Enormous hand molded terra cotta bricks link structural details while complementing the brilliant adobe walls. Hand formed roof tiles, of native red clay, and red tile floors provide the perfect counterpoint to the massive white walls.
Within each structure, open eucalyptus roof beams contribute textural warmth and a sense of quiet structural strength. White ceramic tile is selectively used to visual and practical advantage throughout the enormous country style kitchen and within each cottage bath. Diego and Betti designed the many tables and chairs of Ecuadorian cedar which were made in the shops of local craftsmen and provide a wonderful complement to the structural materials. Selective use of native wooden flooring, antique furnishings, hand-carved Ecuadorian masks, and an outstanding collection of lithographs & drawings reinforce the quiet architectural strength of Casa Mojanda.
Our kitchen serves healthful and creative home cooked meals served family style and based on traditional Ecuadorian and international recipes and made from our own produce harvested daily from our organic gardens. We grow our own wheat, quinoa, corn and potatoes, and get fresh milk daily from our neighbors. Guests are always welcome to spend time in the garden and kitchen. We are happy to accommodate special diets and requests.