Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) is celebrating a victory for avant garde design after a Mexican developer accepted the studio’s striking alternative vision for a new community in the expanding city of Monterrey.
The client’s original brief called for 12 homogenous towers beside a busy, eight-lane motorway, but ZHA countered with a curvy, low-rise complex with interconnected courtyards and a central garden designed to cut noise, promote integration and prevent crime.
The client, Mexican developer Citelis, OrganizaciÃ³n RamÃrez, accepted ZHA’s proposal and the project is now in the advanced design stages, ZHA told GCR.
This is the first project in Mexico for the firm, which is famous for designing the Guangzhou Opera House in China, the London Aquatics Centre in the UK, and other iconic structures.
Esfera City Center, as the development is called, is located in the Huajuco Canyon near Monterrey, Mexico’s third largest city.
The visions incorporates principles of design-informed crime prevention by providing welcoming, interconnected public spaces (Zaha Hadid Architects)
Home to numerous multinationals and a new IT hub, Monterrey has been experiencing rapid population growth.
The new development will have 981 apartments in curvy buildings along three sides of a rectangular site.
ZHA said the vision incorporates principles of design-informed crime prevention by providing welcoming, interconnected public spaces.
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