07 CAN­CUN, MEX­ICO BOTAN­I­CAL NURS­ERY

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Zaha Ha­did Ar­chi­tects has un­veiled plans for a res­i­den­tial com­plex on a strip of land be­tween the sea and a la­goon near the pop­u­lar tourist des­ti­na­tion of Can­cun. Only seven per cent of the site’s foot­print will be cov­ered by a se­ries of tow­ers that pro­vide hous­ing for a rapidly grow­ing local pop­u­la­tion, en­sur­ing that veg­e­ta­tion and wildlife can con­tinue to flour­ish. An on­site botan­i­cal nurs­ery will help the restora­tion of species and ecosys­tems on the site, while a wood­land nat­u­ral re­serve will also be cre­ated, com­plete with a net­work of sus­pended foot­paths, help­ing res­i­dents to ac­cess the coast and la­goon with­out dis­turb­ing the ground.

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