Rethinking Urban Habitat
Proposal: The Interweave complex is an exploration into rethinking current models of habitat through the relationship between topography and architecture. Located in Santa Fe, the business district of Mexico City, the complex embodies the spirit of the site by hybridizing living, working, and retail into a single edifice. Due to the frequent landslides in the area, caused by poor land conditions, the complex also functions as a ground retaining wall. The building’s form is a combination of triangular modules that punctuate the mountain’s verticality. The program is distributed horizontally within the form to introduce a dichotomy between the spatial functions, resulting in four separate moments happening simultaneously. The fifth floor acts as an intermezzo, joining the distinct programs together via one shared space, and spanning the entirety of the complex. This open air mid-level houses small cafes, restaurants and public spaces, which promote social exchange within the new habitat.