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Campus Biometropolis, Mexico City by Foster + Partners

[FIRST LOOK] Foster + Partners has been selected to masterplan a new 71 ha medical research campus in Mexico City

The Campus Biometropolis, which will sit next to Mexico City’s southern medical cluster and the National University, will include laboratories, research institutions, a centre of medical excellence as well as care facilities, offices shops and homes.

Foster + Partners also intends to create a ‘wilderness area’ - a new nature reserve to preserve Mexico City’s indigenous plants and animal species - which together with enhanced landscaped zones, will account for half of the site.

Describing the layout of the scheme, a practice spokesman said: ‘The arrangement of buildings navigates a course around the Pedregal lava fields, a network of subterranean lava tube formations and caves, sections of which will be exposed to encourage scientific investigation.

‘Responding to the urban grain of Mexico City, the masterplan integrates public piazzas, pedestrian streets and cooling courtyards. The buildings will be oriented to capture cooling winds from the north.’

Because of Mexico City’s water shortages, the campus is designed to ‘maintain and augment’ the green space through which water can be absorbed naturally into the aquifer below, while rainwater will also be harvested from roofs, roads and available open space.

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