LocationSantiago de Querétaro, Querétaro, Mexico
Design TeamJulio Juárez, Hugo Maldonado, Luis Arteaga
Text description provided by the architects. Social Green House, is an 85 sqm prototype for affordable housing that has as main objective to offer greater value to the average cost of occupancy in its segment. It was built in an 8 x 16 meters area on the outskirts of Querétaro, ideal city for the implementation of this open house. The project generated in an orthogonal box has an extraordinary 3.20 meter mezzanine height, improving conventional spaces by adding in more than a meter the usual mezzanine.
This mezzanine is only the first of three steps to make a sustainable project and avoid the use of air conditioning, the second is the implementation of a green roof that provides shade on the entire slab and the third is composed of four facade louvers that protect from sun the polarized glasses that go from floor to ceiling.
The double facade louvers completely fold down and combined with the aluminum sliding doors allows the interior space to fully disclosed to the outside, making the space flow and much more versatile and suitable for social and recreational activities. The house has been builted with a completely traditional construction process , no element needs a highly skilled workforce to do it, the materials are the same as always , block walls , beam and vault slabs, folded steel plate stairs, engineered flooring , gypsum plaster, aluminum windows, which makes this approach economically viable within the parameters of social housing.
Finally the slab top with green roof gives us another 85 sqm that can be customized, either as an outdoor terrace, workout deck, sustainable garden, etc., raising substantially the life quality of its members.
Social Green House is adaptable to larger or smaller plots , intended as a fresh alternative to trite social interest housing developments , the houses are able to upgrade to a second level generating a simple but showy set of volumes that is accentuated when the louvers in the blink up make a pattern along the street repetition .