The Esfera City Center project recently presented by Zaha Hadid Architects aims to give the fast-growing city of Monterrey much-needed increased housing capacity.
In response to the client’s request for 12 residential towers, Zaha Hadid proposed a layout based on low buildings with a high residential density.
The architectural studio’s plan took into account the reality of the development’s surroundings, characterised by great vitality and low-rise constructions.
Esfera City Center is located to the southeast of Monterrey in the Canyon Huajuco, and consists of 981 residences on three sides of the lot.
Their position guarantees a tropical microclimate with milder temperatures than the city centre. The architects modelled the volumes of the buildings to optimise environmental conditions and designed a series of interconnected inner and outer courtyards set up as gardens and public spaces to promote optimal use of outdoor space.
Built to high standards of sustainability, the project picks up on typical elements of the local and Mexican architectural traditions, with a regular grid geometry defining outdoor spaces and creating places shaded from the sun which are never static due to the changing light and shadow.
Images courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects
Architects: Zaha Hadid Architects www.zaha-hadid.com
Architectural Design (ZHA): Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher
Location: Monterrey, Mexico
Project Director (ZHA): Juan Ignacio Aranguren C.
Project Architect (ZHA): Andrés Arias Madrid
Project Team (ZHA): Sofia Amodio, Pierandrea Angius, Megan Burke, Cristina Capanna, Gerry Cruz, Johannes Elias, Veronica Erspamer, Gianni Giuffrida, Marco Guardincerri, Soomeen Hahm, Lisa Hofbauer, Julia Hyoun Hee Na, Stefano Iacopini, Lisa Kinnerud, Alexandre Kuroda, Mariagrazia Lanza, Carolina López-Blanco, Milica Pihler-Mirjanic, Sobitha Ravichandran, Kate Revyakina, Yitzhak Samun, Ricardo Sosa-Mejia, Ana Wang Zuñiga, Fei Wang, Fulvio Wirz, Paolo Zilli.
Local Architect: BUDIC
Project Management: Escala
Structural Engineer: Fhecor Ingenieros + Alonso y Asociados
Services Engineers: PGI Engineering
Quantity Surveyor: Leopoldo Varela y Asociados
Lighting consultant: Artec 3
Landscape consultant: Taller de Operaciones Ambientales (TOA)