Eco R+2
August 18th, 2013

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This project seeks to propose an alternative to the ubiquitous affordable housing model in Morocco: the infamous R+2 (two story/ 6 units walk up). The proliferation of this typology was mainly caused by the tax cuts the Moroccan state provided to affordable housing developers, provided that each unit sold does not exceed a sale price of 250,000DH. This incentive is a strategy to help alleviate the affordable housing shortage in Morocco.

Aside from large developers, the cheapest typology for small to medium scale developers is the small footprint R+2 building, in which no elevator, nor costly structure are required. Can the R+2 still remain an attractive venture for developers if better design and sustainable features are included? The Eco R+2 attempts to prove that it is indeed possible. Located in a small village, Ain Taoujtate, a dozen kilometers from Fez, and surrounded by agricultural landscape, the Eco R+2 is designed to suit not only its potential users needs -such as extending their unit, planting vegetables on the roof and using the roofscape as a social gathering space-, but also the climate. Hence, indoor comfort is controlled thanks to wall and ceiling cork insulation (rarely use in Morocco) and brise-soleil. At last, water runoff is stored and reused in a community garden.