What will be the new residential building in Montevideo, Uruguay

A new 15-story residential building designed by MVRDV in Montevideo, Uruguay has been approved for construction.

Named “Ziel”, the project consists of detached houses creating an open and permeable environment that allows light and air to flow through the structure, resulting in spacious green spaces for residents to enjoy and coexist. This project is the first MVRDV project in Uruguay.

The building is located on a corner plot adjacent to the Villa Biarritz park, just one block from the sea. The design includes a courtyard to ensure each of the 40 apartments receives ample natural light, and vegetation extends from the park throughout the structure, from the courtyard to private terraces and shared patios. The design of the building aims to create the feeling of a wide open green space, similar to a collection of country houses built into a densely populated city.

“In Montevideo, as in many other cities, usually as soon as people start a family, they leave – they buy a villa in the countryside and reduce the vital activity of the city. What if we could give them the villa they want, and at the same time Is it time to leave them in the city, offering a mix of urban and suburban lifestyles?” – Jacob van Reijs, founding partner of MVRDV.

Future residents will have access to a wide range of amenities, including a rooftop terrace with lounge, dining area, pool and gardens, and a gym and spa on the lower levels. In addition, the restaurant on the ground floor will seek to contribute to the vitality of the area.

In terms of materials, the building’s façade will be clad in various types of stone to help make each apartment stand out as an individual unit, while bronze window frames will unify the exterior. At the same time, the building project aims for LEED-Platinum certification. It will have ridges to limit solar radiation and reduce energy consumption, and the apartments will be easily cooled by natural ventilation due to the structure’s permeability. Solar panels will also be installed on the roof of the building.