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Z53 Social Housing / MAP/MX + Grupo Nodus

  • 01:00 - 19 July, 2013
Z53 Social Housing / MAP/MX + Grupo Nodus
Z53 Social Housing / MAP/MX + Grupo Nodus, © Rafael Gamo
© Rafael Gamo

© Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Azcapotzalco, México D.F
  • Design Team

    Isaac Michan, Salomon Cohen, Eduardo Lorenzana
  • Area

    3650.0 m2
  • Proyect Year

  • Photography

From the architect. The project is located on a rectangular plot with its short side facing the Street, in an areas with a high demand of social housing in Mexico City.  The 42 units are placed in three towers, generating interiorcourtyards for views and natural ventilation for each apartment, connected with tow vertical cores and bridges above the patios.

Ground Floor
Ground Floor

The structure on the parking level is made of reinforce concrete, transferring the loads to masonry brick  walls on the fifth levels above. 

© Rafael Gamo
© Rafael Gamo

The masonry brick walls play an important role on the project as they are part of the structure and re-interpret the traditional brick wall, blurring the boundary between structure and ornament. 

© Rafael Gamo
© Rafael Gamo

With the use of a single unit; red mud artisanal brick we were able to produce a heterogeneous coherence in the facades, creating walls that are sensible to shadows and lights.


The constrains of the project such as; budget, materials, structure and destiny where conceived as opportunities and with few mutations of the traditional construction techniques, which generated new spatial qualities that responds to the local aesthetic, producing new alternatives and relations between technology an tradition.

© Rafael Gamo
© Rafael Gamo
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Z53 Social Housing / MAP/MX + Grupo Nodus" [Vivienda Social Z53 / MAP/MX + Grupo Nodus] 19 Jul 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>
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Patrick H · July 19, 2013

Cool ripple effect with the bricks.

Croco Dile · July 19, 2013 10:46 PM

The ripple effect is rendered by the way they used those bricks.
I don't like the result.
I don't understand a wall with a ripple effect but if you really have to do it then chose a matereal which is showing that.
By the way - the plans are terrible.


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