Z53 SOCIAL HOUSING
In collaboration with GUPO NODUS

Location : Mexico City, Mexico
Type : Commission, Apartment Building  
Status : Completed
Year : 2012
Team :  Isaac Michan Daniel, Salomon Cohen, Eduardo Lorenzana
Photography : Rafael Gamo 

 

 

 

 

The project is located on a rectangular plot with its short side facing the street, in an area with high demand of social housing in Mexico City. The 42 units are placed in three towers, generating interior courtyards for views and natural ventilation to each apartment, the towers are connected with two vertical cores and bridges above the patios.

The structure on the parking floor is made of reinforce concrete, transferring the loads to masonry brick walls on the five levels above.

The masonry brick walls play an important role on the project as they are part of the structure and re-interpret the traditional brick wall, blurring the boundary between structure and ornament.

With the use of a single unit; red mud artisanal brick we were able to produce a heterogeneous coherence in the facades, creating walls that are sensible to shadows and lights. The constrains of the project such as; budget, materials, structure and density where conceived as opportunities which with few mutations form the traditional construction techniques generated new spatial qualities that responds to the local aesthetic, producing new alternatives and relations between technology an tradition.