HGR Arquitectos uses orange bricks to build Mexico City apartment block

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HGR Arquitectos uses orange bricks to build Mexico City apartment block

Brickwork panels alternate with gaps up the sides of this housing project in Mexico City, which local firm HGR Arquitectos has organised around a line of patios at the centre.

Emiliano Zapata 167 by HGR Arquitectos

Named after a leading figure in the Mexican Revolution, the Emiliano Zapata 167 apartment block is located in the sprawling city's south-central Portales Norte neighbourhood.

Emiliano Zapata 167 by HGR Arquitectos

The cuboid building includes 25 residences, split across five storeys and measuring between 82 and 91 square metres – all accessed by a single elevator and a series of staircases up the eastern facade.

Emiliano Zapata 167 by HGR Arquitectos

Bricks were chosen as the prominent material by architect Marcos Hagerman's firm HGR Arquitectos. They form alternating panels across two facades, to partially shade the external corridors used to reach the front doors.

Emiliano Zapata 167 by HGR Arquitectos

The same orange bricks also line the five patios that form the building's core. These divide each of the apartments, so all the living spaces are on one side and private areas are on the other.

Emiliano Zapata 167 by HGR Arquitectos

Bridges connect the halves on each level, concealed by brickwork lattices in front of sliding windows, which can be opened to provide ventilation. A single tree is planted at the centre of each patio, which can be seen through the windows facing onto the enclosed areas.

Emiliano Zapata 167 by HGR Arquitectos

"To comply with the 20 per cent of free area that the city requires, five patios are accommodated at the centre of the building," said HGR Arquitectos. "In each patio, a liquidambar tree was planted helping give privacy and better views to each apartment."

Emiliano Zapata 167 by HGR Arquitectos
Apartments on the fourth and fifth levels also have access to 10 private roof gardens – five on each side – partitioned from one another by angled brick walls.Apartments on the fourth and fifth levels also have access to 10 private roof gardens – five on each side – partitioned from one another by angled brick walls.
Emiliano Zapata 167 by HGR Arquitectos

Three levels of parking linked by a car elevator are hidden underneath the accommodation. The residences are decorated minimally, with white walls and kitchen units, wooden floors, and exposed brickwork.

Emiliano Zapata 167 by HGR Arquitectos

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The whole building was designed with natural and durable materials such as brick, volcanic stone and wood," said the studio. "The proposed vegetation is endemic and requires little maintenance."

Emiliano Zapata 167 by HGR Arquitectos

Mexico City's apartment blocks come in a variety of shapes, sizes and cladding materials, with recent choices including small wooden squares, and angled windows and coloured panels.

Photography is by Diana Arnau.

Project credits:

Architect: Marcos Hagerman – HGR Arquitectos
Drawing: Rodrigo Durán – Cocy Arenas
Graphic design: Leolab
Development: Ciudad Vertical
Structural design: Mata y Triana Ingenieros Consultores
Installation: zMP Instalaciones

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