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Zaha reveals Mexican debut

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Zaha Hadid Architects is set to build its first project in Mexico – a high-density housing scheme in the country’s third largest city, Monterrey

The brief originally called for 12 residential towers, but the practice proposed an alternative low-rise design with 981 flats arranged around three sides of the rectangular site.

The 137,000m2  scheme also includes a 30,000m2 park with a café, exercise room and reading room, a 250m2 chapel, playgrounds, a picnic area and an amphitheatre for concerts.

The park is connected to the buildings via bridges which link the apartment scheme’s common areas including swimming pools and barbeque areas.

According to the practice, ‘the envelope of the building makes references to the local architectural language and Mexican tradition of interlocking lattice geometries that provide shading and define the outdoor space of each balcony.’

The project is set to be completed in three phases, the first of which includes 353 homes and is scheduled to complete in 2018.

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Project data

Location Monterrey, Mexico
Type of project housing
Client Citelis, Organización Ramírez
Architect Zaha Hadid Architects
Local architect BUDIC
Project management Escala
Structural engineer Fhecor Ingenieros + Alonso y Asociados
Services engineer PGI Engineering
Quantity surveyor Leopoldo Varela y Asociados
Lighting consultant Artec 3
Landscape consultant Taller de Operaciones Ambientales (TOA)
Area 136,000m2

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  • Zaha Hadid always gels her amorphous forms well ! I'm glad to see that in this scheme the antecedents are clearly visible in the concept and form

    i see a throw back to Sterling St Andrews dormitory and the AAlto residential blocks at MIT



    Oluremi Ajose-Adeogun MNIA

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