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May 14, 2015

Zaha Hadid Architects plans new Mexican urban housing development

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Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid has unveiled plans for the construction of a high-density housing project titled Esfera city center residential project, in Monterre, Mexico.

This is the high-profile architect’s first project in Mexico.

The brief for the development had originally asked for 12 residential towers, but was later modified as the London-based architect proposed a low-rise design, with 981 units along three sides of the rectangular site.

At present, the development is to sit at the south-east part of the city, in the Huajuco canyon.

Esfera city centre will offer essential new homes for the city’s fast-growing population.

"Esfera aims to offer increased levels of community safety and integration, as well as incorporate principles of crime prevention."

The design has been planned in accordance with the diverse urban conditions of the adjacent eight-lane highway and low-density suburban housing developments, reports designboom magazine.

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Esfera aims to offer increased levels of community safety and integration, as well as incorporate principles of crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED), through the use of welcoming, interconnected public spaces.

In addition to housing space, the project will also offer include a 30,000m2 park with a café, gym and reading room, and feature an amphitheatre local for concerts.

The project is scheduled for completion in three developmental phases, the first of which is set to be finalised by 2018.

Image: Esfera City Center, Monterrey, Mexico plans unveiled by Zaha Hadid. Photo: courtsey of Zaha Hadid.

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