Habitat for inhabitants | Lima’s human rights to housing

Project: Design of a new type of self – constructed house

Architects: Lorenzo Gili, Claudia Montedoro, Gianluca Ricciolini. 

Project type: Competition – 3rd prize

Year: 2018Location: Lima, Perú

The initial idea is based on the archetypal concept of the house itself, adapting it to the design requirements. The intention is to provide a product of simple construction that allows customization along its life cycle. 

The project develops out of the concept of flexibility according to two main guidelines: “social flexibility” and “constructive flexibility”. More precisely, in order to meet different social needs, while considering the morphology and altitude of the territory as well, four modules (living, bathroom, kitchen and orchard) have been defined and can be assembled according to three different ways.

Within each module, the design of adaptable functional blocks meet different household necessities. While maintaining the same structural and technological system for each of them on the one side, on the other, the final user can choose from different solutions of space composition.

During the design process, the determined solutions explore the theme of insecurity, to enhance the social aggregation for families. 

An additional outdoor space, provided with flooring and anchors, has been considered for a later potential expansion of the housing module itself.

The compositive result of the above mentioned considerations turns into an architecture that taking into account the local culture, with particular attention to self-construction dynamics, could accomplish the proposed theme in a pleasant and complex way.

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