The Rio House is a new project in the bustling neighborhood of Carabanchel that aims to address the affordable housing crisis in Madrid. The project, designed by HANGHAR, is taking a new approach to home design and construction.
In a city where the cost of living is skyrocketing, this project offers a solution to the affordable housing crisis. It offers a raw, unfinished space for residents to renovate on their own terms, freeing them from market-driven constraints and allowing for personalization within a limited budget.
At the heart of the design is a technically equipped wall, covered in raw aluminum, that serves as both a functional and aesthetic centerpiece. It contains plumbing, electrical wiring, and storage for the kitchen and bathroom, creating an abstract backdrop that highlights the daily activities of the home. A grid-like system of steel I-beams and pillars organizes the space, clearly defining public and private areas.
The materials used are raw and basic, with a reflective epoxy resin floor contrasting with the rough, textured plaster ceiling. The kitchen and bathroom are simple and functional, with durable ceramic tiling. The monochromatic environment is elevated by subtle touches of local red marble. This naked scenario offers a unique and sustainable solution to the affordable housing crisis in Madrid.