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New Maya inspired luxury eco-residence for Cancun

Cancun, Q.R. — A new luxury residential ec0-building for the Cancun Hotel Zone has been revealed by architect group Zaha Hadid.

Located on a site prepared by a previous owner for an unbuilt complex, the project is being built for company Pulso Inmobiliario. The London-based architectural firm says they have incorporated traditional Maya design into the project, which will be surrounded by tropical woodland.

Named Alai, the complex has been designed for construction on a strip of land between the sea and a lagoon near Cancún that will offer residents unobstructed views either to the Caribbean Sea or the Nichupté Lagoon, and also aid natural ventilation.

The firm says residences will be split across a series of towers, which will cover seven per cent of the site’s footprint to allow the rest of the land to flourish with vegetation and wildlife. They add that each facade will be made up of repetitive forms and variations of the shape. The architects based the feature on the traditional masonry and architecture of the Mayans

“The differing texture and patterning of each building’s facade within Alai is generated by assembling the balcony units and facade elements in varying sequences” reported the firm.

“This enables elements of relatively few different designs to create a unique facade for each building, yet maintains a cohesive design language throughout.”

Zaha Hadid architects are also collaborating with European landscape architects Gross Max to replant the areas of the site left bare by the previous occupants, using replanting to repair the landscape, reverting the remainder of the site into a natural state that includes a woodland nature reserve and coastal wetland.

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