Zaha Hadid Architects have unveiled a honeycomb-like design for a residential development in Monterrey, Mexico – their first project in this Central American country.
Located in the huajuco canyon to the southeast of the city, the esfera city center residential project provides essential new homes for monterrey’s fast-growing population. straddled between the very diverse urban conditions of the adjacent eight-lane highway and low-density suburban housing developments, the proposal seeks to respond to the varied urban conditions of its context.
Entitled “Esfera City Center,” references traditional Mexican architecture and forms a complex – the configuration of which aims to reduce solar gain and capture prevailing winds
In order to create a sense of community and neighborhood, the architects introduced transitions from solid to porous volumes and included a series of interconnected internal and external courtyards, gardens and public spaces. The presence of these areas are in line with the principles of CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design). The development with be constructed in three phases, the first of which will focus on 353 units and is scheduled for completion in 2018