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Zaha Hadid Architects is known for creating futuristic-looking buildings across the globe. And that same style is being used for the firm's latest project: a residential community in Roatán, a Caribbean island off the coast of Honduras.
Renderings of Roatán Próspera were recently released, showing a structure with curved roofs and rounded balconies perched on a beach. What makes the project particularly unique is that residents have the option to customize their unit. The modular construction allows owners to choose just one pod or construct a space using up to five. That provides for 15,000 potential setups.
The customization process is possible through the firm's proprietary software system developed by ZHA's Computational and Design Group. Through this interactive program, residents can choose everything from the size of the unit and how it's arranged to the furnishings and amenities like walk-in closets.
"This digital platform adapts varying configurations of standardized parts to create individual residences that suit each homeowner," the firm said.
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Another priority for the firm was to ensure the build was as sustainable as possible. The project will use modular construction to fabricate off-site and then use local transportation networks to reduce carbon emissions.
Timber from certified forests on mainland Honduras will also be used to protect wildlife and support the local supply chain. And the engineering partner, AKT II, is working to create these modular kits that prevent any material waste. This unique construction also allows residents to adapt their setup and recycle parts of their unit.
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"The design prioritizes sustainability and is integral to our vision for Roatán Próspera," added CEO of Honduras Próspera LLC Erick A Brimen. "The island of Roatán is already a renowned tourist destination. Roatán Próspera will strengthen and diversify the local economy while creating homes defined by their natural environment."
The project is expected to break ground later this year.