IQON, Quito

Bjarke Ingels Group has completed the tallest building in the Ecuadorian capital, Quito. IQON is a 133m-high apartment building and “urban tree farm” structured around rectilinear concrete frames that project and rotate to give a pixelated appearance.

To celebrate Ecuador’s rich biodiversity, the balconies house a selection of native mid-size trees and shrubs. These are grown in large sculptural planters that reach down a full storey into the apartments below.

Photo Pablo Casals Aguirre