Zaha Hadid Unveils Community-Oriented Housing Project In Monterrey

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Zaha Hadid Architects have unveiled their first project in Mexico, a residential development in Monterrey. The country’s third-largest city, Monterrey is a rapidly growing and increasingly important manufacturing and technology center. The project, named “Esfera City Center,” is located to the southwest of Monterrey in the Huajuco Canyon, where it will provide crucial homes in a rapidly expanding part of the city.

Consisting of 981 units from single-person lofts to four-bedroom apartments totaling 137,000 square meters, the design rejects the original brief from the client which called for 12 residential towers, instead opting for a series of long, low-rise blocks which surround a public park, bringing a community focus to the design.

More images and information about the Esfera City Center project after the break.

Yumi Yumi / Taller David Dana Arquitectura

© Alessandro Bo

Architects: Taller David Dana Arquitectura
Location: Avenida Ferrocarril de Cuernavaca, Polanco, México, D.F.,
Collaborators: David Dana Cohen, Juan Castañeda
Project Area: 12.0 m2
Project Year: 2015
Photographs: Alessandro Bo

Housing Building in Mexico City / Vicente Alonso Ibarra

© Miguel de Guzmán

Architects: Vicente Alonso Ibarra
Location: Mixcoac, Mixcoac, 03910 , Federal District,
Project Area: 2911.0 m2
Project Year: 2015
Photographs: Miguel de Guzmán

In 4 Days, 100 Volunteers Used Mud and Reeds To Build This Community Center in Mexico

© Pedro Bravo, Sofia Hernández, Francisco Martínez

Developed by architects from Colectivo bma in Barranca de Huentitán, Guadalajara, , this new building for the Mexican Institute for Community Development (IMDEC) was built in just four days with the help of 100 volunteers.

The new facility includes both housing and meeting space, and was constructed using local building techniques and materials. Built with a concrete base, the walls were made using bahareque ( frames and mud) and woven lattices that cover most of the building’s exterior.

Learn more about the construction process after the break.

Morillo Space / RootStudio

© Arturo Canseco Ramirez

Architects: RootStudio
Location: Reforma, Oaxaca, Oax.,
Project Area: 98.0 m2
Project Year: 2015
Photographs: Arturo Canseco Ramirez

“Cube 2” Office Tower / Estudio Carme Pinós

© Jordi Bernadó

Architects: Estudio Carme Pinós
Location: Paseo Royal Country 4596, 45136 , Jal.,
Architect In Charge: Carme Pinós
Area: 17500.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Jordi Bernadó

House to See the Sky / Abraham Cota Paredes Arquitectos

© Onnis Luque

Architects: Abraham Cota Paredes Arquitectos
Location: Calle los Robles, Zapopan, Jal.,
Project Area: 229.0 m2
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Onnis Luque

IC House / Alexanderson Arquitectos

© Carlos Díaz Corona

Architects: Alexanderson Arquitectos
Location: Zapopan, Jal.,
Project Architect: Pablo Alexanderson Silva
Project Area: 775.0 m2
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Carlos Díaz Corona

Tadeo 4909 / Proyecto Cafeína

© Patrick Lopez Jaimes

Architects: Proyecto Cafeína
Location: San Judas Tadeo, Sur, 72170 , Pue.,
Project Area: 902.0 m2
Project Year: 2015
Photographs: Patrick Lopez Jaimes

Rio Blanco Pavilion / Estudio Carme Pinós

© Jordi Bernadó

Architects: Estudio Carme Pinós
Location: , , Mexico
Project Architect: Carme Pinós Desplat
Project Area: 75.0 m2
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Jordi Bernadó

Guadarrama House / Mayer Hasbani

© Paul Czitrom

Architects: Mayer Hasbani
Location: Federal District,
Project Area: 670.0 m2
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Paul Czitrom

LPZ House / Arquitectura en Movimiento Workshop

© Rafael Gamo

Architects: Arquitectura en Movimiento Workshop
Location: , Federal District,
Area: 450.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Rafael Gamo

TID Annex / ATELIER ARS°

© Onnis Luque

Architects: ATELIER ARS°
Location: Manuel Gómez Morin 8585, Santa María Tequepexpan, 45601 , Jal., Mexico
Architects In Charge : Alejandro Guerrero, Andrea Soto.
Area: 200.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Onnis Luque

Cordoba-ReUrbano Housing Building / Cadaval & Solà-Morales

© Miguel de Guzmán

Architects: Cadaval & Solà-Morales
Location: , Federal District,
Architects In Charge: Eduardo Cadaval, Clara Solà-Morales.
Area: 2200.0 sqm
Photographs: Miguel de Guzmán

Mexican Company Develops Wood Substitute from a Tequila Byproduct

A sample of the material. Image © Plastinova via phys.org

Searching for an alternative to costly and resource intensive , Mexican company Plastinova has developed a wood substitute from a byproduct of tequila and recycled which it claims is not only renewable, but also stronger than the materials that it hopes to replace.

The Cave in Pilares / Greenfield

© Documentación Arquitectónica. Adrián Llaguno

Architects: Greenfield
Location: Coahuila,
Architect In Charge: Kenji López
Collaborators: Melisa Avila , Esmeralda Salinas , Antonio Flores ,Juan Tellez ,Julia Briones, Dolores Maximino, Manuel Cruz
Area: 260 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Documentación Arquitectónica. Adrián Llaguno

Antara I Corporate Building / Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos

© Paul Rivera

Arquitectos: Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos
Location: Avenida Ejército Nacional, Polanco, Miguel Hidalgo, City,
Project Architect: Javier Sordo Madaleno Bringas
Project Area: 157000.0 m2
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Paul Rivera

House in Atemajac / Villar Watty Arquitectos

© Francisco Gutiérrez

Architects: Villar Watty Arquitectos
Location: , Mexico
Project Architects: Alberto Villar Watty y Gerardo Villar Watty
Design Team: Estefanía Zetina
Project Area: 695.0 m2
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Francisco Gutiérrez, Estefanía Zetina, Gabriela Zarazúa