Architectural needs and up coming of the housing complex,The Habitat 67

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Some projects are more special than others and this one makes no exception. Located inside an industrial building, the design of this office space is eclectic and spectacular. Originally composed of small partitioned offices and covered with false ceiling tiles, the assembly was removed and opened to create an open space with windows overlooking. Continue reading Architectural needs and up coming of the housing complex,The Habitat 67

Parisian Nursery and Housing Project by ecdm

Paris is rife with peripheral urban areas that contain a mix of styles, typologies, time periods and varying levels of decay, which add a rather tough parameter when approaching a new design. situated at the foot of a 13-storey overbearing building, the nursery and housing project processes its heterogeneous site and translates the various elements into the stark white resultant structure. Designed by French practice ecdm, the project contains two levels and collects as much sunshine as possible to illuminate the interior spaces that are inhabited by children and adults alike.

The most striking element is the seen before even entering the building, a precast concrete facade that protects the interior from the rough urban life. Like organically undulating points on a regular steel grid, the outer skin creates a completely unique look for the area, distorting and playing with light and shadow. The northern facade is dotted with windows oriented in different angles so as to accommodate the viewing pleasure of the children as well. Continue reading Parisian Nursery and Housing Project by ecdm

SBA Wins Housing Competition in Kazahkistan

Stefano Boeri Architetti (SBA) has recently won a prize for an important housing development scheme in Astana, Kazahkistan. The international competition organized by the Astana Department of Architecture and Urban Planning called for the design of a contemporary residential neighborhood with affordable housing and services to restructure a run down area next to the city center. Continue reading SBA Wins Housing Competition in Kazahkistan

‘Iceberg’ in Aarhus, Denmark by CEBRA + JDS + SeARCH + Louis Paillard

In 2008, JDS/Julien De Smedt Architects and Aarhus-based CEBRA, in collaboration with the Dutch firm SeArch and French architect Louis Paillard wins the competition to build a 25,000 sqm housing complex in the new Aarhus Docklands development.

Called ‘Iceberg‘, the 21.500 m2 project features mixed dwellings types and commercial space. The project receives its jagged heights to allow better views toward the ocean and better daylight conditions, and the tops and bottoms are shifted so that views between the volumes become possible. This breakdown of the mass creates the potential for an “iconic” building for the harbor area, and one that, due to its form, creates its own skyline within itself. Continue reading ‘Iceberg’ in Aarhus, Denmark by CEBRA + JDS + SeARCH + Louis Paillard

‘Housing+’ by C. F. Møller Architect

As one of five consortia, C. F. Møller Architects have designed a proposal for the pilot-project ‘Housing+’, for 60 zero-energy housing units on the Aalborg Waterfront. Only two of the proposals managed to abide to the strict demands set out for energy-efficiency – in C. F. Møller’s case achieved through a combination of architectural design and user-focused technical innovation. Continue reading ‘Housing+’ by C. F. Møller Architect