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Las Americas Housing Complex / SO-IL

Las Americas Housing Complex / SO-IL

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  • Architects: SO-IL
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  3000
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2021
  • Photographs Photographs:  Iwan Baan
  • Client:Imuvi Development City of Leon
  • Design Team:Florian Idenburg, Ilias Papageorgiou, Isabel Sarasa, Seunghyun Kang, Sophie Nichols, Pam Anantrungroj
  • Executive Architect:IMUVI León
  • Structural Engineer:ICNUM
  • Facilities Design:CIE
  • General Contractor :COSEBA
  • City:León
  • Country:Mexico
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Text description provided by the architects. Las Americas​ is a prototype for the development of vertical dwellings in the city of Leon, Mexico. The housing project aims to offset the city’s unchecked sprawl, serving as a catalyst for urban regeneration and improved quality of life in low-income communities.

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Traditional notions of homeownership currently lock developments into becoming acres of identical free-standing homes in remote areas far from the economic center. Extensive municipal utilities expansion and expensive transportation programs have led to a decline in the region’s economy, and a loss of critical density within Leon.

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We worked with Imuvi Development and the City of Leon to rethink housing models in the city and develop a structure that would be both cost-effective and encourage tenants to experience vertical dwellings as appealing as their freestanding single-family counterparts.

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© Iwan Baan

Our project creates 60 condo units as a vertical housing block at the city’s center. The design maximizes the plot’s buildable footprint and generates two interior courtyards that provide cross ventilation to each unit, with parking and a commercial base. Resonant of the traditional home’s sense of privacy, no two units face one another. Units are arranged in a single-loaded corridor to face the courtyard and provide views out to the neighborhood, promoting the sense of private homeownership.

Brick block assembly diagram
Brick block assembly diagram

A facade assembled of uniquely developed concrete blocks enhance privacy and shading, generate a unique interior atmosphere, and lend character to the building exterior. The project is designed with shared utility cores and prefabricated components to accommodate an extremely limited budget.

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Address:León, Guanajuato, Mexico

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Cite: "Las Americas Housing Complex / SO-IL" 29 Apr 2021. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/960836/las-americas-housing-complex-so-il> ISSN 0719-8884
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