Small-Scale Affordable Homes Respond To Communal Living Trends
This creative take on affordable housing combines a practical cinder-block construction with communal areas
A new answer to urban housing needs may lie in the Kanasín Municipality of Yucatán, Mexico. TACO (Taller de arquitectura contextual) architects designed an affordable housing module for the developer MZ Grupo using creative features to meet a homeowner’s needs on a smaller scale.
The 55-square-meter house is made from flipped cinder blocks that provide open ventilation and a mosquito-net covering. The cinder blocks create a lattice pattern that can be used as decorative shelving and act as a protector against weather damage and thievery. The front of the home is as a social space, while the back is for private rooms.
The exterior space is in the “Solar Maya” (Mayan productive backyard) style, which reflects the heritage and history of the area. This style creates semi-public spaces that encourage neighbors to interact with one another and act as neighborhood security. Aside from socializing, people living in the home can use the outside area for laundry, gardening and keeping animals. The homes are currently priced at $9,000 USD.
Images: Leo Espinosa via MZ Grupo