In Mexico, 9 million households (35.7 million Mexicans) are in a situation of housing lag, while more than 2 million (10.2 million Mexicans) are in a situation of overcrowding, which means that in the same room there are more than 2.5 people sleeping together. This housing lack has the highest incidence nationwide, compromising the security and privacy of the family, raising health risks, domestic violence and abuse especially against women and girls.
As part of the program “Mejora y Ampliación”, architectural workshop ANTNA (antenna), created Un Cuarto Más, a prototype conformed by a 14 sm room with a 3.5 sm porch, built over a social housing rooftop, in Temixco Morelos, a suburban town near Cuernavaca City.
As it is a wood construction method, there are two important things than need to be developed; in the first place, the properties of wood as a structural, light, easy and good looking material. In the second place, the opportunity to make a research about the potential of the resource in order to activate a sustainable economy for marginalized areas.
This prototype tends to cost less than $60,000.00 Mexican pesos (around $3,300.00 USD), and as most of its parts are prefabricated, it could be built in less than a week. By reaching this industrial production, Un Cuarto Más tends to become an immediate solution to thousands of families in the country.