Today we’d like to share with you a fantastic project created by our friends at CAPALab – we believe that this project will have a great effect on our community in Los Cabos.  You have probably heard about the devastation that hurricane Odile left in Los Cabos and Baja in September 2014.  The damage was catastrophic, and many people were left without homes and without everything.

CAPALab, formed by Mariano Arias-Diez from a10 studio, and Gonzalo Elizarraras from fabriKG, created a social housing project that seeks to benefit and help in a sustainable and smart way the most affected families by hurricane Odile.  The fist house, “Casa 0” broke ground last week, and we’re excited to follow the progress in the following months.  Casa 0 is just the first of many homes within this sustainable housing project created by CAPALab.  Mariano and Gonzalo with their team developed this project by the invitation of Cabo Hurricane Fund.

Last week, the local press, neighbors, Cabo Hurricane Fund and CAPALab team, as well as the owners of the first home, Juan and his wife, were present at the construction site, where the works for Casa 0 broke ground.

Casa O aims to be a sustainable home, and encourages a smart growth, housing prototype.  A project designed with rammed earth and for self-construction, with a construction cost of under $10,000 USD, is open and welcoming of the free interpretation and adaptation of its inhabitants, creating a flexible housing model that fits both the lifestyle of its owners as to the territory and climate where it is located.

Some photos from the construction start below, for more please visit: CAPALab, a10 studio and fabriKG.

Mariano Arias-Diez (far right) and Gonzalo Elizarrarás (far left) co-directors of CAPALab, explaining the project to the assistants along with Juan and his wife and the team of CAPALab
Mariano Arias-Diez (far right) and Gonzalo Elizarrarás (far left) co-directors of CAPALab, explaining the project to the assistants along with Juan and his wife and the team of CAPALab
Juan (on the right) with his wife (on wheelchair) posing happily for the press cameras.
Juan (on the right) with his wife (on wheelchair) posing happily for the press cameras.
Site for house #1 of ‘Casa O’, and future home of Juan and his family!
Site for house #1 of ‘Casa O’, and future home of Juan and his family!