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Zaha Hadid Architects unveils Roatán Próspera housing complex for Honduras
Zaha Hadid Architects has designed a modular housing project for an island near Honduras with curved roofs and rounded balconies that can be customised by residents.
July 29, 2020
Zaha Hadid Architects has designed a modular housing project for an island near Honduras with curved roofs and rounded balconies that can be customised by residents. Roatán Próspera is a residential community intended for Roatán, a Caribbean island off the coast of Honduras.
Set to break ground later this year, the complex will be a modular construction composed of timber-framed residences with curved palapa roofs, expansive terraces with rounded balconies and green space, designed as a reference to the area's traditional building techniques.
Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) intend to use timber from certified forests on mainland Honduras, as part of its aim to develop a localised supply chain in a bid to make the project more environmentally-friendly. The firm is working with computational engineers AKT II to develop a "kit of parts" outlining elements needed to build Roatán Próspera without material waste.
In the proposal, Roatán Próspera's modules will be fabricated off-site and transported using local networks to cut back on carbon emissions, and also to prevent harm to wildlife on the site. Residents of the complex will have access to a digital parametric software developed by ZHA's Computational and Design Group to customise the size, arrangement and furnishings of their housing module.