Modular housing system lets you add rooms to your home

Modular housing system allows you to add rooms to your home

The latest video in our Dezeen x MINI Living series features a concept for a modular housing system that allows residents to easily add extra rooms around the outside of their homes.

Designed by a team of Peruvian architects and engineers comprising Santiago Raul Nieto Valladares ArquitectoArana & Suasnabar Architects, Yuri Amed Aguilar Chunga and Keuson Saldaña Ferreyra, the design allows users to convert adjoining terrace space into additional rooms, according to their spatial needs and budget.

This modular housing concept by Peruvian studio Arana & Suasnabar Architects allows users to convert adjoining terrace space into additional rooms according to their spatial needs and budget
Each house is designed with a concrete base and central core

Each house is designed with a concrete base and central core, equipped with essential needs like electricity and plumbing for a kitchen and a bathroom.

A wooden terrace surrounds the exterior, to which walls can be added to form extra rooms, such as bedrooms or living rooms.

This modular housing concept by Peruvian studio Arana & Suasnabar Architects allows users to convert adjoining terrace space into additional rooms according to their spatial needs and budget
Users could convert adjoining terrace space into additional rooms

The architects told Dezeen the system was designed to be flexible and customisable to the needs and uses of individual residents.

"The houses are modular and flexible," they explained. "The owner can choose the use of the new rooms, and the type of finishing material."

"It is economical and easy to build," they added.

This modular housing concept by Peruvian studio Arana & Suasnabar Architects allows users to convert adjoining terrace space into additional rooms according to their spatial needs and budget
These extra rooms could function as additional bedrooms for growing families

According to the architects, the houses could be specified for any resident or size of family, and could be extended with a second floor.

"The houses can be built on one level for a single family home, or on two levels for a bigger family or multiple families," they said.

This modular housing concept by Peruvian studio Arana & Suasnabar Architects allows users to convert adjoining terrace space into additional rooms according to their spatial needs and budget
The houses could also be extended with a second floor

The proposal won the first prize in the 2017 Build to Grow competition, organised by the Peruvian Ministry of Housing.

The competition asked architects to come up with new housing solutions f0r a plot of land in the Belén district of Iquitos, promoting a flexible way of living.

The architects told Dezeen that it aimed to design a way of living that steers away from Peru's "monotonous and fragmented" social housing neighbourhoods, with a concept that is suited to individual needs and promotes social interaction with neighbours.

"The houses are placed in a way that creates public space between them, forming a large recreation area for the neighbours," the architects said. "This will allow them to socialise with each other and identify with their neighbourhood."

This modular housing concept by Peruvian studio Arana & Suasnabar Architects allows users to convert adjoining terrace space into additional rooms according to their spatial needs and budget
The architects claim that the proposal is "economical and easy to build"

This movie is part of Dezeen x MINI Living Initiative, a collaboration with MINI Living exploring how architecture and design can contribute to a brighter urban future through a series of videos and talks.