The Urban Modules of Sustainable Integrated Housing –Muvis-, have become a resilient response for people who wish to acquire a functional home, built with quality materials that allow them to improve their quality of life.
The country’s housing deficit is one of the most complex social challenges in Guatemala. One of the most efficient responses in recent years has been the construction of Muvis, buildings that comply with current regulations and also provide the opportunity for families with limited resources to access decent housing.
For Gabriela Cruz, advisor for Urban Solutions and Housing in Progreso, the concept of –Muvis– broke with the traditional model by meeting a huge demand with little supply of social housing in Guatemala, they are proposed as projects that break paradigms.
“One of the most disruptive elements of the Muvis is that they are located in central areas of urban centers and represent a real opportunity for families to be able to acquire decent housing, since approximately, the value of the monthly fee does not exceed the payment of a minimum wage.
Cruz explained that in addition to offering decent, safe and affordable housing, Muvis allow adequate integration and a safe space for families, since they are made with the city’s construction standards. «These modules allow the integration of safe, recreational spaces, with the appropriate regulations that guarantee the investment of families.»
They are affordable homes in terms of fees, since they range between US$150 and US$200, but at the same time they meet the safety and quality characteristics necessary to improve the lifestyle of users.
This type of projects should be located within the municipal perimeter to be able to use the public transport service networks, as well as the already existing water and electricity services.
The Muvis are six-story buildings, with parking for motorcycles and with two or three rooms integrated into the apartments that range from 38 to 50 square meters.
Currently these projects have been carried out: Atzul, zone 21; Villa Luz Towers, zone 17; Arboleda zone 1; Trasciende in Jocotales, Chinautla; Atlántida Tower, zone 18; Santo Domingo 12, zone 1; Las Verapaces Reserve, Cobán Alta Verapaz, among others.
Estimates from the Municipality of Guatemala show that for this year, more than 1,200 apartments may be authorized in Muvis, distributed in the most populated areas of the city and its surroundings.