Hadid plans Mexico housing project

Zaha Hadid has presented plans for her company’s first work in Mexico, a high-density housing project in the city of Monterrey.

The brief from the client originally called for 12 residential towers, but the London-based practice proposed an alternative low-rise design with 981 units arranged around three sides of the rectangular site.

The project also includes a 30,000m2 park with a café, gym and reading room, in addition to an amphitheater to be used for concerts.

Oriented towards the centrally positioned green space, each residence features a private balcony whose interlocking forms reference Mexico’s vernacular architectural language.

The city centre project is set to be built in three phases, with the first stage set to be completed by 2018.