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Lead DesignersJacobo Micha Mizrahi
ClientJacobo Micha
Prize(s)Bronze in Architecture Categories / New Residential Building
Entry Description

The housing project is located in the surroundings of
Mexico City and comes as a recover of residential activity
in a zone that was invaded by industry.
With units from 90 to 148 m2, NATURA has a total of
344 units in a 20,700 m2 land.
The project is shaped by 6 blocks with 6 levels each and
one 15 level building that contains housing and the
amenities on its lower section. With this solution we
managed to leave the central space as the heart of the
complex filled with green and nature.
NATURA is an exploration between natural and artificial.

The concept for this project was to explore the beautiful
fragmentation and detachment that leaves suffer in the
weathering process and found a way to translate this
phenomenon to concrete, imitating and applying this
effect to the buildings.

In the design process, we questioned the way we design
housing and all kind of spaces nowadays and felt the
need to recover this natural transformation of elements
that gave shelter to humanity since its primitive times.

We shaped “Living boxes” with solid and acoustic
concrete that guard glazed elements and at the same
time in a very subtle way this fragmentation and
detachment of the concrete makes allusion to nature.

Although the main material applied to the complex is
concrete, we applied color to the inside and common
areas of the project. We broke the cold and basic sense
of the concrete with color details. Color in NATURA gives
in a first impression a warm sensation to its users and
secondly the sense of orientation and uniqueness of
each housing building.
In a very essential way this housing units result
harmonic, natural, and aesthetic, capable to mimic with
the context and ground they are planted on.