Social housing, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

EDAA Scope: conceptual design
Area: 32 m² (344 sqft)
Design team: Luis Arturo García, Juan Hernández, Daniel de León
Comission: Casita Linda, A.C.

Paso a Paso is a proposal that responds to the real estate of our country: the self-building. The proposal makes a synthesis of the client’s requirements, Casita Linda, who requested two prototypes: one with one level and another one with two. The current prototypes of Casita Linda are aesthete, efficient and dignified, but they lack the possibility of adaptation and additional growth by their inhabitants. They are the solution to a need for a short period of time without allowing future changes. 

Paso a Paso is a one level and a half house that allows the progressive self-growing and it is planned in three stages which will allow it to be a two and a half level house in the same floor area. The house begins by being a free and flexible space, in which with minimal interventions, it is possible to make a subdivision for two rooms, social area and a lofted area. The second stage is the edification by the user, 50% of the walls from the second level in order to build a two floor house. The third stage is the construction of 50% the walls of the third level, in order to place the lofted area. The movement of the roof to achieve this growths can be realized by proposing a light, durable and insulating roof with a hinge in the long extremes to be able to be adapted in any of the three stages without the necessity of the apparatus being dismantled. 

The progressive growth characteristic of the proposal will generate a belonging and personalized feeling, as well as a sustainable house that may be adapted in time, based on the preferences, needs and possibilities of its future tenants. 


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