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In Progress: Integrara Iztacalco / arquitectura 911sc

© Rafael Gamo
© Rafael Gamo
  • Architects: arquitectura 911sc
  • Location: México D.F., Mexico
  • Design Team: Ernesto Lomelí, Iván Cervantes, Edgar Romero Lugo, Arturo Carreón, Daniel Garcia Ramírez, Iraíz Corona
  • Structure: Federico Romo
  • Engineering: MCH Ingeniería
  • Client: Consorcio ARA
  • Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Rafael Gamo

© Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo

From the architect. The project consists of 736 housing units organized in six 5-story blocks with interior courtyards in a former industrial site of 16,000 sq. meters in Iztacalco, a poor borough in the Federal District, less than a quarter of a mile from both a Metrobus (BRT system) and a subway station.

© Rafael Gamo
© Rafael Gamo

Though architectural discreet, the project represents an ‘urban breakthrough’, since it relies on a partnership with one of the major home builders in Mexico (Consorcio Ara), who in past years has based their practice on building single-family homes in the peripheries of Mexico City, and convincing them to ‘return’ to the central city, and build more sustainable housing.

© Rafael Gamo
© Rafael Gamo

By incorporating mid-rise/high-density (500 units per hectare), mixed use (retail on the ground floor of one of the blocks) and semi-public spaces like the courtyards in each block as well as ‘hiding’ the cars in a basement, the project offers a real alternative for social housing ‘inside the city’ and close to public transportation.

© Rafael Gamo
© Rafael Gamo

On top of that, and counter to the conventional wisdom of large developers, the scheme has proven to be as profitable for them as their other developments in the peripheries.

© Rafael Gamo
© Rafael Gamo

It is our hope that projects like this one help transform perceptions and practices on how to design and build the more than 50,000 units of housing required for Mexico City every year.

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