El Peligro Community Relocation

+ New Housing

Comercio Street, Lares, Puerto Rico

Special Communities Program

Puerto Rico Housing Department

2002 - 2008

The program required the relocation of the inhabitants of the former Peligro Ward, a community of poor houses flanking a steep stair and encircled by a creek, to housing units that adequately responded to their needs without displacing them from their familiar context. The project proposed the demolition of the existing houses and the construction of a housing complex on a new lot formed by the addition of two contiguous properties to the original site.

Each unit was designed according to the needs of each former resident of the community: seventeen units - 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom - were disposed around a stepped public space on six buildings of three stories each. The common facilities also include a playground, a recreational room and a meeting room. The larger units were located on the bottom level, and the free space on the roof was converted into balconies and terraces for the upper smaller units; the setbacks articulated the structure and reduced the impact of the new building mass on the street and neighboring structures.

Design Team:

Architecture & Landscape:


Manuel Bermúdez AIA, Project Architect

Rafael Félix RA, Design Captain

Beatriz Flores, RA, Design Team


Antonio Hernández, PE


PDN Structural Engineers


Jorge Ledón Webster, PE


Carlos Urrutia, PE

Manuel Bermúdez Arquitecto csp is an award-winning architecture and urbanism firm based in San Juan, Puerto Rico with over 30 years experience working with multiple types of projects and sectors. We promote Dialogue between the Urban Context and Natural Environment. Our architecture and cities are resilient to climate change, are sustainable and are evolutive in unison. We encourage the application of these principles towards Puerto Rico's Reconstruction after Hurricane María and Irma.

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