Design Spotlight: Salazar Rural Housing

In Architecture & Design by Suzanne Koch

This house is the result of a research exercise for the improvement of assisted self-production of housing in Mexico’s rural areas, which was carried out by Manuel Cervantes Estudio in collaboration with Infonavit (Institute of the National Housing Fund for Workers) for the Salazar community in the State of Mexico.

One of the most important points for the proper bioclimatic operation of the house was to optimize the impact of solar radiation and hermetic protection of the house in the cold seasons. With this in mind, the orientation of the house is always with the inclination of the roof to the south.

The property is made up of three blocks; the house has a social area, two bedrooms, a bathroom and kitchen. Despite the weather, the house’s layout is intended to eliminate the limits of the interior with the exterior, generating spaces that can be extended according to the current weather conditions. This flexibility allows for taking advantage of the entire property by incorporating it into the experience of the house. In the same way, vegetation plays a fundamental role when the conditions of the property are not ideal. This strategy allows the use of vegetation with a natural blockage of the solar incidence.

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