In Progress: Integrara Iztacalco / arquitectura 911sc

  • 28 Jan 2013
  • by
  • Housing In Progress
© Rafael Gamo

Architects: arquitectura 911sc
Location: México D.F.,
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

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

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

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

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

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.

Cite: AD Editorial Team. "In Progress: Integrara Iztacalco / arquitectura 911sc" 28 Jan 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 27 May 2015. <>
  • Meto M


  • Rodrigo

    My most wholehearted congratulations to arquitectura 911sc and to everyone involved in this project. This is exactly how a monster city such as Mexico DF should grow. By revitalizing a centric but underprivileged neighborhood, Iztacalco, close to public transportation, its inhabitants regain quality of life by substantially reducing the time spent commuting from/to the suburbs and the city. Amazing project, well done!

  • Pingback: In Progress: Integrara Iztacalco / arquitectura 911sc | Nick Socrates Contemporary Art

  • Edgar

    Por que se sigue permitiendo este tipo de edificios, donde esta la imagen urbana, interior y exterior es lo mismo… la fotografias hacen parecer que estas dentro de un penal, ademas de terrible malo
    y Rodrigo esta en lo dicho pero al revez… este edificio se come pero alas personas pues entre mas departamentos entren en el edificio mejor, pero para los que los venden, mas dinero para ellos…