The Construction Details of ELEMENTAL's Incremental Housing

The Construction Details of ELEMENTAL's Incremental Housing

Good location, harmonious growth over time, concern for urban design, and the delivery of a structure that has "middle-class DNA" are the key points of the ABC of incremental housing, developed in detail by the Chilean architects ELEMENTAL. It's a question of ensuring a balance between "low-rise high-density, without overcrowding, with the possibility of expansion (from social housing to middle-class dwelling)."

Following this line of action, the office has released the drawings of four of the projects carried out under these principles, to serve as good examples of design which have already been implemented and proven in reality. However, despite making them available for free consultation and download, the architects emphasize that these designs must be adjusted to comply with the regulations and structural codes of each locality, using relevant building materials.

Quinta Monroy | Iquique, Chile - 2003

Instead of designing a small house (in 30 square meters everything is small), we provided a middle-income house, out of which we were giving just a small part now. This meant a change in the standard: kitchens, bathrooms, stairs, partition walls and all the difficult parts of the house had to be designed for final scenario of a 72 square meter house.
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Quinta Monroy / ELEMENTAL. Image Cortesía de ELEMENTAL


Quinta Monroy, Sections © ELEMENTAL
Quinta Monroy, Section © ELEMENTAL


Quinta Monroy, Carpentry © ELEMENTAL


Quinta Monroy, Nodes © ELEMENTAL

Metal Staircase

Quinta Monroy, Metal Staircase © ELEMENTAL

Villa Verde Housing | Constitución, Chile - 2010

We could have taken one of our own more economic typologies and used the extra money to finish them, filling the void that families were expected to complete. But we thought of once again applying the principle of incremental construction and prioritization of the more complex components, this time with higher standards both for the initial and the final scenario.
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Villa Verde / ELEMENTAL. Image Cortesía de ELEMENTAL

Section / Details

Villa Verde, Section / Details © ELEMENTAL


Villa Verde, Details © ELEMENTAL


Villa Verde, Partitions © ELEMENTAL

Doors / Windows / Details

Villa Verde, Doors / Windows / Details © ELEMENTAL


Villa Verde, Stair © ELEMENTAL

Monterrey Housing | Monterrey, México - 2010

The project consists of a three-story continuous building that in section superimposes a home (first floor) with a two-story apartment above (2nd and 3rd story). Both units are designed to technically and economically facilitate the final middle class standard of which we will hand over the “first half” (40 meters squared).
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Monterrey / ELEMENTAL. Image Cortesía de ELEMENTAL


Monterrey, Plans © ELEMENTAL


Monterrey, Sections © ELEMENTAL


Monterrey, Details © ELEMENTAL

Lo Barnechea | Santiago, Chile - 2010

The project is located in one of the most expensive districts of Santiago. We designed, with very low budget subsidies, to allow the families to keep on benefiting from the proximity to jobs, education, transportation, health facilities and even recreation and quality public space.

Lo Barnechea / ELEMENTAL. Image Cortesía de ELEMENTAL


Lo Barnechea, Sections © ELEMENTAL
Lo Barnechea, Sections © ELEMENTAL


Lo Barnechea, Details © ELEMENTAL

Download the complete plans of these projects from the official ELEMENTAL website.

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The plan drawings presented here were made for a specific location and the building code at the time they were developed. ELEMENTAL authorizes the use of these drawings as a guide for developing housing projects, assuming that qualified professionals transform and adapt them to local construction conditions and regulations of each place. ELEMENTAL DOES NOT assume any responsibility for the built projects and does not give the right to use the brand ELEMENTAL for broadcasting, marketing or any other related product.

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Cite: Franco, José Tomás. "The Construction Details of ELEMENTAL's Incremental Housing" [Detalles constructivos de la vivienda incremental de ELEMENTAL] 18 Jun 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

Quinta Monroy, Section © ELEMENTAL

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