Casas Melhoradas phase 4 was completed in 2018 and consists of a low-rise high-density row-house typology with 6 dwellings on a plot where there would otherwise reside a single family. Accordingly, the project demonstrates how space and infrastructure can be used more economically. All the dwellings have small private outdoor areas with kitchens, as charcoal is the primary fuel for cooking. The project includes small common courtyards with shared bathrooms and laundry facilities. The project has a green roof where an additional floor can be added, which ensures the project a robustness in relation to the area’s future development. Furthermore, the evaporation from the roof improves the indoor climate in the dwellings. The project was built in compressed earth blocks, reducing the energy consumption in the construction process while adding the same red color tone of the local soil to the project.
Budget: 80,000 USD. Size: 210 m2 / 2260 ft2.