Construction has begun on the Bora Residential Tower, a high-rise designed by Zaha Hadid Architects that, when completed, will be the tallest residential tower in Mexico City. Located in the Santa Fe business district in the west of the capital, the luxury complex features Zaha Hadid’s recognizable tapered shape at its base, where the building curves inward before flaring out into “swirling” canopies. The site-specific building optimizes access to natural light and views while mitigating seismic conditions.



Bora by Zaha Hadid Architects, Bora residential tower, Bora tower Mexico City, Zaha Hadid in Mexico City, Zaha Hadid Architects Mexico, Santa Fe Bora tower

Bora by Zaha Hadid Architects, Bora residential tower, Bora tower Mexico City, Zaha Hadid in Mexico City, Zaha Hadid Architects Mexico, Santa Fe Bora tower

Commissioned in 2015 by Nemesis Capital, the Bora Residential Tower occupies prime real estate within walking distance to schools, theaters, cafes, restaurants, and the new Santa Fe Transit Hub that will connect to the city’s metro network next year. The 28-hectare La Mexicana park lies adjacent as well as three universities and the regional offices of Fortune 500 firms including the likes of Apple, Microsoft, and Amazon.

Bora by Zaha Hadid Architects, Bora residential tower, Bora tower Mexico City, Zaha Hadid in Mexico City, Zaha Hadid Architects Mexico, Santa Fe Bora tower

Bora by Zaha Hadid Architects, Bora residential tower, Bora tower Mexico City, Zaha Hadid in Mexico City, Zaha Hadid Architects Mexico, Santa Fe Bora tower

Boasting over 50 floors, the record-breaking Bora will comprise over 220 apartments of one, two, and three bedrooms designed for diverse clientele from first-time homeowners and families to retirees. To maximize access to natural light and panoramic views, each apartment features private balconies that extrude vertically. The building’s base tapers inward and then flares out into canopies to shade street-level civic spaces with restaurants and shops.

Bora by Zaha Hadid Architects, Bora residential tower, Bora tower Mexico City, Zaha Hadid in Mexico City, Zaha Hadid Architects Mexico, Santa Fe Bora tower

Bora by Zaha Hadid Architects, Bora residential tower, Bora tower Mexico City, Zaha Hadid in Mexico City, Zaha Hadid Architects Mexico, Santa Fe Bora tower

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“The tower’s structure has also been designed for optimum flexibility and ductility, as well as an overall reduction in its weight, to best respond in seismic conditions, with the ten-storey canopies at its base providing additional lateral stability,” wrote Zaha Hadid Architects.

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