Las Americas Social Housing, Leon, Mexico, 2016
This housing project, in association with the Mexican government, is a prototype for the development of vertical dwellings in the city of Leon, serving as a catalyst for urban regeneration and improvement of life for low income communities.
We worked with Imuvi Development and the City of Leon to address the city’s unchecked sprawl and rethink housing models in the city. Traditional notions of home ownership currently lock developments into becoming acres of identical free-standing homes in remote areas far from the economic center, requiring extensive municipal utilities expansion and expensive transportation programs. This has led to a decline in the region’s economy, and a loss of critical density within Leon.
Following multiple presentations, seminars and workshops with local and national authorities, the project creates 60 condo units as a vertical housing block at the city’s center. The design maximizes the plot’s buildable footprint and generates two interior courtyards that provide cross ventilation to each unit, with parking and a commercial base.
Addressing the traditional home’s sense of privacy, no two units face each other. Units arranged in a single-loaded corridor face the courtyard and provide views out to the neighborhood, enhancing the idea of private home ownership.
Working with an extremely small budget, the project is designed with shared utility cores and prefabricated components. The facade’s curved precast concrete panels give character to the building, enhance privacy and shading, and generate a unique interior atmosphere.