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Zaha Hadid Architects unveils plans for a new ecologically-considered development located along the Mayan Riviera, a stretch of Caribbean coastline on Mexico’s northeastern Yucatán Peninsula, which is known for its all-inclusive resorts and long beaches.

Titled “Alai,” the residential complex will offer a nature-focused living experience while preserving a large portion of the forested site for species restoration. Landscaping a woodland nature reserve and replanting of coastal wetland to protect and enhance the lagoon’s mangroves are notable contributions from the project, which will establish a network of suspended footpaths that enable residents to access the woodlands, coast and lagoon without harming the environment.

In terms of the residential buildings design, its wavy-like patterned facade is reflective of the region’s local rich textures and surface complexity. The building’s profile of balcony units and facade elements in varying sequences maintain a cohesive design language throughout, while also simultaneously providing solar shade to the apartments within.

Organized in four different floor typologies with generous living areas and bedrooms, the buildings further share an elevated platform with integrated perforations to allow natural light to flood the ground below, and enabling tropical vegetation to grow upwards through the platform.

Additionally, amenities for sport, leisure and wellness are located on this raised platform nine meters above the ground to ensure local wildlife can cross the entire site on the woodland floor without barriers. Residents and guests will also enjoy views to the Caribbean Sea or Nichupté Lagoon.

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Words by Renz Ofiaza
Staff Writer

scribbling by day, architect by night

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