Zaha Hadid Architects has begun construction work in Mexico City at the site of the ‘Bora Residential Tower’, a high-rise building that will eventually comprise more than 50 floors. The project is located in Santa Fe, an important business district in the west of the city with a rapidly growing community that includes three universities and the regional offices of Microsoft, Apple, and Sony, among others. The site is a short walk from local schools, theaters, cafes and restaurants, as well as a new transit hub that will connect the district with the city’s metro network.
Commissioned in 2015 by Nemesis Capital, ZHA’s design will form the highest residential tower in Mexico City. Once complete, the tower will comprise over 220 apartments, with each storey accommodating a range of six differently-sized apartments — form one to three bedroom units. The dwellings — all of which have balconies — have been configured to maximize natural light, while ensuring privacy and views for residents. ‘A sense of dynamism is introduced by the geometric configuration of the balconies which follow a harmonic variation that is optimized to ensure the best use of these outdoor living areas,’ explains the design team.
The tower tapers inwards at its base, while areas for leisure, recreation and entertainment are contained beneath 10-storey canopies designed to transfer the surrounding streetscape vertically. The canopies also provide additional lateral stability. Meanwhile, civic spaces with restaurants and shops are found at street level. Sited next to La Mexicana Park, the largest new public space created in Mexico City for 50 years, the development is located in close proximity to 28 hectares of parklands, lakes, sports fields.