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Zaha Hadid-designed Bora tower under construction in Mexico City

Construction has begun on the Bora Residential Tower in Mexico City, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA).

There are no details available on its exact height, but Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) says that the Bora Residential Tower will be the tallest residential building in Mexico City once complete.

It's located next to La Mexicana, the city's largest new public space, and will comprise over 50 floors, with around 220 one, two and three-bedroom apartments.

The tower has been designed to provide excellent levels of natural light and ventilation, with the apartments optimising Santa Fe’s extremely comfortable environmental conditions of prevailing winds and mild annual temperatures.

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Commissioned in 2015 by Nemesis Capital, a Mexican company committed to building new communities of the highest standards, the tower is within Santa Fe, an important business district in the west of Mexico City with a rapidly growing community that includes three universities and the regional offices of Microsoft, Apple, Sony, Roche and Amazon.

The site is a short walk from local schools, theatres, cafes and restaurants, as well as a new transit hub that will connect the district with the city’s metro network.

The tower tapers inwards at its base to increase the areas for leisure, recreation and entertainment located beneath what ZHA describes as “swirling” 10-storey tall canopies.

Restaurants and shops will be installed at street level and balconies will offer some outdoor space to residents.

As the area is suited to a range of potential buyers, like families, retirees and young professionals, the British firm designed the building with six different layouts, which are arranged as separate sections around the central circulation.

‘A sense of dynamism is introduced by the geometric configuration of the balconies which follow a harmonic variation that is optimised to ensure the best use of these outdoor living areas,’ explained the design team.

According to ZHA, the tower’s structure has been designed for flexibility, as well as an overall reduction in its weight, with the canopies providing lateral stability to protect against earthquakes.

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