Zoncuantla Apartments

Best Implemented Project of Residential Estate

About the project
The project is located in the tropical cloud forest along the old highway between Xalapa and Coatepec, in a terrain of remarkably beautiful panoramas. With a polygonal shape in proportion with the slope of the lot, the design seeks to emphasize these views for all of the apartments and to promote the contemplation of the environment.
The building stands on 760 square meters of land (8180 square feet), and leaves over half of the estate as green space, while using roofs as terraces and further green space. The parking lot is paved with concrete lattices to minimize the impact of vehicles.
Four apartments make up the complex. The ground floor apartment dialogues with a garden that contains native, endemic vegetation, while the upper levels obtain panoramic views of the surroundings through terraces that amplify the social space. On each of its levels, the project creates playful treks between public and private spaces.

Old Highway between Xalapa and Coatepec, Veracruz, Mexico

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Applicant and author of the project
Rafael Pardo Ramos, Graduated from the University of Architecture of Veracruz, Mexico (1993 — 1997).
AWARDS 2012—2020
— Cemex Briones House, Oyamel House,
— Bienal del Golfo: Flavia Building, Oyamel House and MG Building
— International and National Mexican Architecture Bienal: Flavia Building and Paseo de la Reina
— National and International InterCeramic Award Flavia Building
— Silver Medal Mexican Architecture Bienal 2020: Zoncuantla Apartments
— Panamerican Award winner Quito Bienal 2020 Zoncuantla Apts

Other participants
Rp Architects
Photography Onnis Luque, and Naser Nader
Engineer: Gonzalo Zaldo