Las Americas by SO-IL

Las Americas

Las Americas is a prototype for the development of vertical dwellings in the city of Leon, Mexico. The housing project aims to offset the city’s unchecked sprawl, serving as a catalyst for urban regeneration and improved quality of life in low-income communities. Traditional notions of homeownership currently lock developments into becoming acres of identical free-standing homes in remote areas far from the economic center.

Extensive municipal utilities expansion and expensive transportation programs have led to a decline in the region’s economy, and a loss of critical density within Leon. We worked with Imuvi Development and the City of Leon to rethink housing models in the city and develop a structure that would be both cost-effective and encourage tenants to experience vertical dwellings as appealing as their freestanding single-family counterparts.

Our 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. Resonant of the traditional home’s sense of privacy, no two units face one another.

Units are arranged in a single-loaded corridor to face the courtyard and provide views out to the neighborhood, promoting the sense of private homeownership. A facade assembled of uniquely developed concrete blocks enhance privacy and shading, generate a unique interior atmosphere, and lend character to the building exterior. The project is designed with shared utility cores and prefabricated components to accommodate an extremely limited budget. Source by SO-IL.

  • Location: Leon, Mexico
  • Architect: SO-IL
  • Design Team: Florian Idenburg, Ilias Papageorgiou, Isabel Sarasa, Seunghyun Kang, Sophie Nichols, Pam Anantrungroj
  • Executive architect: IMUVI León
  • Structural engineer: ICNUM
  • Facilities: CIE
  • General Contractor: COSEBA
  • Client: Imuvi Development City of Leon
  • Project area: 3000 m2
  • Completion: 2021
  • Photographs: Iwan Baan, Courtesy of SO-IL

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