The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts School built an affordable housing prototype in Maputo, Mozambique that used traditional material from the area. As part of the Casas Melhoradas research project, the team reinterpreted the way typical houses are built in the area using wood and corrugated iron sheet or concrete blocks.
In combining these two elements, the new housing prototype has a heavy concrete base with a light two-storey wooden house built on top of it. The affordable housing project also incorporated balconies to create a greater connection to the outside for the higher floors. The affordable housing prototype used local wood, local craftsmen and carpenters to create prefabricated parts. The project hopes to combat the city's rapid horizontal growth and provide practical options for vertical housing.