Furniture collections for social housing / Infonavit by Esrawe Studio


Héctor Esrawe


Jaime Navarro




Hidalgo, Mexico



Creative Direction: Héctor Esrawe
Design Team: Natán Ayala, Manuel Bañó, Daniel Brito

Housing Lab Mater Plan: MOS Architects
Architects: DVCH DeVillarChacon Arquitectos, Frida Escobedo, Dellekamp Arquitectos | Derek Dellakamp & Jachen Schleich, Rozana Montiel Estudio de Arquitectura, Ambrosi | Etchegaray, Zooburbia, Zago Architecture, Taller | Mauricio Rocha + Gabriela Carrillo, Taller de Arquitectura X, Griffin Enright Architects,
Tatiana Bilbao ESTUDIO, Francisco Pardo Arquitecto, Enrique Norten | TEN Arquitectos, Pita & Bloom, BGP Arquitectura,
Zeller & Moye, Accidental Estudio de Arquitectura, Nuño– MacGregor–De Buen Arquitectos SC, SAYA+ Arquitectos, Cano | Vera Arquitectura, Fernanda Canales, RNThomsen ARCHITECTURE,
PRODUCTORA, Agraz Arquitectos SC, Rojkind Arquitectos, Tactic-A, GAETA-SPRINGALL Arquitectos, TALLER ADG, TALLER 4:00 A.M., CRO Studio, JC Arquitectura, DCPP.

Decor Objects Sponsorship: ONORA, CANDOR



The “INFONAVIT Practical Experimentation and Research in Housing Lab” involved designing and developing prototype houses designed to deepen analysis of social housing and achieve better life quality for residents. The project engaged 32 world-renowned architects, each of whom designed one of these homes. The Research Lab was built in the city of Apan, in the state of Hidalgo, Mexico.

The lab has been tasked with testing, evaluating, and validating these prototype houses in order to improve quality of life for people living in them and promote best practices with their developers, demonstrating by example that it is indeed possible to build quality housing at similar costs to what we have nowadays.

Esrawe Studio developed two low-cost, agile-production furniture collections, which can be built at craft workshops throughout the entire country. These collections will inhabit the housing prototypes, which will eventually be integrated into future homes that could be replaced throughout all of Mexico.

Collection 1

Collection developed with simple solid wood frames and natural fabrics. Built using basic shapes and robust expressions, which complement each other and spatially define the prototype homes they inhabit. The collection is inspired by Brazilian modernism and the vernacular Mexican furnishings.

Collection 2 

Collection based on electro-painted metal tubular structures and plywood surfaces that aim to complement the spatial coloring of the prototype home. Influenced by the simple lines of Nordic design and the Bauhaus school. 

Taller | Mauricio Rocha + Gabriela Carillo

A project with a 57.37 m² interior with two bedrooms, a living room, a dining room, a kitchen, and a bathroom. The walls are made of tepetate rock and the carpentry has an egg tempera finishing. The stone floors contrast with the woodworking and culminates with a clay tile cover.

Dellekamp Arquitectos

A two-story, 61 m² construction. First story has a kitchen, a dining room, and a living room. The second story has a double bedroom. The side of the house has a 25 m2 garden with a pallet fence. The entire house is made from pinewood. The walls are, on the outside, lined with paneling on a wooden frame. On the inside, lined with pine wood.

Cano | Vera Arquitectura

The initial home is 56 m2, with a dining-living room combination, a kitchen, one bathroom, and a bedroom. The project enables growth depending on the needs of the family. The materials chosen are very flexible and allow to do expansions simply and autonomously.

Frida Escobedo Taller de Arquitectura

A 52.11 m² interior project with a living room, a dining room, a kitchen, a bathroom, and a bedroom (option to expand to three bedrooms for a grand total of 78.3 m²). Barrel vault and clay brick walls with concrete floor.

Ambrosi | Etchegaray

A 126.5 m² project built with an area under a 69.2 m² rooftop. The first story has a living room, dining room, kitchen, bathroom, one bedroom and 2 gardens (option for a second-story loft).

Zago Architects

A 43.62 m² interior project. One story with a combined living and dining room, kitchen, two bedrooms and a 40.70 m² outdoor area with two gardens. Concrete block walls and corrugated metal roofing.

Text provided by the architect

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