Zocalo, a high-end condominium community, is nestled in the foothills. The housing units slowly traverse the natural terrain and are clustered around small placitas, providing a sense of place not unlike a small village. The vivid palette and signature architectural elements are designed by Mexico's most prominent architect and modernist, Ricardo Legorreta of Legorreta + Legorreta Arquitectos, who collaborated with Dekker Perich Sabatini on the design. The residential area contains 156 homes, outdoor recreation facilities, walking trails, and a central plaza that includes a catering kitchen and fitness center.
The complex offers much needed affordable, high-quality housing to the Santa Fe marketplace. To reduce construction costs and make units more affordable, the complex is composed of single-level flats within several multistory buildings.
Zocalo meets the City of Santa Fe's strict requirements in regards to massing, height, accessibility, environmental management, and color palette, and it brings a number of features to the Santa Fe area:
- Vibrant hues mimic colors found in the native soils, wild flowers, and Santa Fe sky.
- The repetition of linear elements results in a sense of visual harmony and rhythm.
- Smart home automation systems in each unit offer internet access, security, and lighting control.
- The environmentally sensitive design responds to the site's terrain, natural waterway, and wildlife corridors.
- All utilities are grouped and screened behind stucco walls.
- Units are accessible to the physically challenged.
Zocalo is about the fusion of color, light, volume, and space. Large windows capture views and daylight, key wall areas are deconstructed to open up to private patios and balconies, and the landscape beyond blurs the distinction between interior and exterior spaces.