Dezeen and MINI Living launch £10,000 contest to design a home for 100 years in the future

How will we live in cities in 100 years’ time? To find out, Dezeen has teamed up with MINI Living to invite readers to design an urban home of the future, with £10,000 to be won. The Future Urban Home Competition is an extension of the ongoing Dezeen x MINI Living Initiative, a collaboration between Dezeen

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Michael Maltzan’s Crest Apartments provide housing for southern California’s homeless

American studio Michael Maltzan Architecture has completed a bright white residential complex in the Los Angeles area, which contains over 60 studio apartments and various support services for its formerly homeless tenants. Crest Apartments was built on a slender, rectangular parcel in Van Nuys – a suburban district northwest of Downtown LA. Totalling 45,000 square

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Process Architecture designs low-cost houses in Florida for recovering drug addicts

American studio Process Architecture has completed four drug rehabilitation homes that had to meet stringent design requirements, including a budget of under $200,000 per dwelling. The project was commissioned by Aspire Health Partners, a healthcare provider in Orlando, Florida, that specialises in rehabilitation services for drug users. Rehab facilities have become increasingly critical in America,

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MAD’s Gardenhouse residences takes shape in Beverly Hills

New photographs reveal that MAD’s residential complex in California, designed to look like a village on top of a hill, has topped out. Slated for completion later this year, Gardenhouse is under construction at 8600 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. It will be the first US project by the Chinese architecture studio. The construction photos, released

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Prefab metal structures form True North housing complex in Detroit by EC3

American studio EC3 has created a residential development in central Detroit, comprising a cluster of different-sized Quonset huts made of steel and polycarbonate panels. The True North complex is located in Core City, a quiet neighbourhood that sits a few miles west of the downtown district. The development is the neighbourhood’s first new construction project

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Berlin housing scheme designed with zig-zag facade

David Kohn Architects and Nord Studio have won a competition to design a residential block in Berlin with a zig-zag profiled facade. London-based David Kohn Architects and Berlin-based Nord Studio collaborated on a design for Lützowufer Berlin, which draws inspiration from the links between German and British architectural culture. The 75-home apartment block, for developer Euroboden, will

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Sliding walls animate the facade of Fouad Samara Architects’ Modulofts apartments

Fouad Samara Architects has completed a tower in Beirut, which features huge steel panels that can slide out from reconfigurable apartments and be stored outside the building. Architect Fouad Samara is a key shareholder in the Modulofts project, which seeks to provide a new residential typology to meet the need for small and medium-sized accommodation in

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Three houses form greyscale Casas SP complex in Mexico by S-AR and Marisol González

A trio of black-and-white residences line up in a row on a site in northern Mexico, created as a collaboration between architects S-AR and Marisol González. Casas SP comprises three separate houses, each three storeys tall, constructed very close to one another to form a complex of urban dwellings in the town of San Pedro Garza

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London off-licence transformed into industrial-style apartment building by Emulsion

London architecture office Emulsion has built a trio of homes around the structure of a former corner shop, including an apartment for studio director Michael Deeley and his partner. Albany Road is Emulsion’s first self-initiated development and is situated directly opposite the newly redeveloped Burgess Park in Southwark. The site was previously home to a 1950s building containing

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Eindhoven to build “world’s first” 3D-printed houses that people will live inside

Eindhoven University of Technology has announced plans to 3D print a series of concrete houses that will be made available to rent. In what is being described as a world first, the Dutch university is set to build five 3D-printed houses over the next five years, which will all become rental properties. “The project is

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Mobil Arquitectos creates pine-clad holiday dwellings for seaside town in Chile

Cantilevers and setbacks define the elevations of this vacation housing complex, designed by Chilean studio Mobil Arquitectos for a gently sloping site in a coastal village. The project, called 12 Cachagua, is located in the mountainous Valparaíso region, about 180 kilometres northwest of the capital Santiago. Situated in the centre of a beach town, the

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A Tangled Residential Complex: Akihisa Hirata’s Tree-Ness House

Japanese studio Akihisa Hirata has designed the ‘Tree-Ness House’, a multi-story complex that replicates the structure of a tree — creating an organic layering system that refutes traditional layered architecture.
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Interrobang converts London’s landmark Hoover Building into apartments

UK studio Interrobang has transformed the Hoover Building in west London into 66 apartments that retain many of the former factory’s original art deco features. The heritage-listed building was designed by Wallis, Gilbert & Partners in 1931, and began life as the UK headquarters, manufacturing plant and repairs centre for the Hoover Company. During its heyday

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New photos explore Álvaro Siza’s 1970s social-housing project SAAL Bouça

A social housing complex designed by Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza in the 1970s is captured in this new photography series by Zeynep Yılmaztürk​. Yılmaztürk, a photographer based in Istanbul, took the photos of SAAL Bouça in Porto, a housing scheme designed by the Pritzker Prize winner when he worked for Portugal’s national housing association, but which

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Adjaye and Cullinan among architects working on ideas for Grenfell Tower estate

Adjaye Associates and Cullinan Studio are among six architecture firms working to generate ideas for the refurbishment of London’s Lancaster West Estate, where Grenfell Tower is located. The architects, along with Levitt Bernstein, Maccreanor Lavington, Murray John Architects and Penoyre Prasad, with landscape architect Andy Sturgeon Design and consultant Twinn Sustainability Innovation, are all exploring ideas for the future of

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Swiss housing complex by Stocker Lee takes cues from mountainous landscape with zig-zag roof

Swiss practice Stocker Lee Architetti designed this family house and group of adjoining rental apartments in the canton of Ticino with an unevenly pitched roof that references the jagged outline of a nearby mountain range. Eiger Mönch Junfrau House is set within the small village of Rancate, taking its name from three summits that form part

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Wilkinson Eyre and Jonathan Tuckey convert King’s Cross gasholders into luxury flats

Wilkinson Eyre has completed its transformation of a trio of Victorian gasholder frames at London’s King’s Cross into luxury apartments with interiors by Jonathan Tuckey Design. The London architecture practice headed up by Chris Wilkinson and Jim Eyre won a competition in 2002 to construct the apartments within the three conjoined gasholders for developer Argent. The project forms

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McGinlay Bell completes Glasgow terraces with alternating black and white facades

Scottish firm McGinlay Bell used low-cost concrete bricks to create the black and white walls of this canalside housing development in the West End of Glasgow. The Maryhill Locks project involved the creation of 40 terraced homes for private sale. Locally based McGinlay Bell designed the houses for developer Bigg Regeneration, which is a partnership

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Stone-clad apartment building in Bucharest features recessed windows and terraces

The crisp white-stone facades of this luxury apartment block in Bucharest by local studio ADNBA are punctured by large recessed windows that help to reduce the building’s overall massing so it matches the scale of its urban context. The Londra Housing development was designed by ADNBA for real estate firm Forte Partners, which invests in and

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DFA proposes “floating” affordable housing for dilapidated Manhattan pier

New York architecture studio DFA has imagined a series of latticed apartment towers for Manhattan’s Pier 40, which would be able to remain above water in the event of rising sea levels. DFA’s conceptual proposal involves constructing a complex of housing, recreational and commercial facilities on the square-shaped Pier 40. The structure extends 250 metres

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Photographs capture cats, laundry and everyday life in Moshe Safdie’s Habitat 67

Architectural photographer James Brittain has explored the hidden nooks and apartments of Moshe Safdie’s Habitat 67, offering a glimpse of day-to-day life in the famous brutalist complex in Montreal over 50 years after it was completed. Rather than focusing on the “formally breathtaking” elements of the Israeli-Canadian architect’s groundbreaking 1960s housing complex, Brittain’s Revisited: Habitat 67 series

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Hacker Architects designs Basecamp housing in central Oregon for outdoorsy types

Weathered cedar and warm pine wrap these townhouses by Hacker Architects, which are geared towards residents who enjoy Oregon’s wealth of outdoor pursuits. The small Basecamp development is located in Bend, a small city in central Oregon within easy reach of ski slopes and trails in the Cascade Mountains. “As a haven for those who

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Sole resident prevents demolition of Paul Rudolph’s brutalist housing in Upstate New York

Demolition of a housing project, designed by late American architect Paul Rudolph in the 1970s, has been blocked in its final stage because a resident has refused to move off the premises. Long-time resident John Schmidt has refused to move from the Shoreline Apartments, designed by Rudolph as an affordable housing development in Buffalo, New York,

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Micro apartments in concrete pipes designed to ease Hong Kong’s housing crisis

Hong Kong studio James Law Cybertecture has developed a prototype for low-cost, stackable micro homes in concrete pipes, which could slot into gaps between city buildings. Called OPod Tube Housing, the project sees 2.5-metre-wide concrete water pipes transformed into 9.29-square-metre homes, with doors that can be unlocked using smartphones. Studio founder James Law envisions these tubular structures being

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Stefano Boeri designs first tree-covered social-housing project

Italian architect Stefano Boeri is bringing his vertical forest model to a social-housing project in Eindhoven, to show how green homes can be provided at affordable rents. Trudo Vertical Forest is a proposal for a 19-storey building boasting the same tree-covered balconies as the celebrated Bosco Verticale towers in Milan, completed by Stefano Boeri Architetti back in 2014, and

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Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter reveals visuals of tiered copper tower for Norway

Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter has revealed renderings for a copper ziggurat-like housing tower designed for the site of a former military camp in the Norwegian town of Ski Vest. The Oslo-based architects designed the tower to be wrapped with linear terraces made from copper perforated with a lace-like pattern. The top floors are shown stepped back at

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Urban-Think Tank develops low-cost housing for South African slum

Urban-Think Tank has completed the next phase of its Empower Shack project, bringing safe low-cost housing to residents of South Africa’s informal settlements. The design strategy collective first started studying Khayelitsha, Cape Town’s second largest township, in 2012 and designed and built the first four prototypes alternative slum housing two years later. This year Urban-Think Tank added

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Dezeen’s top 10 tiny homes of 2017

The past year has seen many architects and designers unveil innovative ideas for space-saving housing, whether in the city or out in the wilderness. Here are some of the best examples to emerge, selected by editor Amy Frearson for our review of 2017. PH Lavalleja, Argentina, by CCPM Arquitectos Argentinian studio CCPM Arquitectos managed to fit

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Peter Barber Architects uses oriel windows to animate the facades of Moray Mews houses

Peter Barber Architects has completed a terrace of mews houses in north London, which are arranged along a cobbled lane and feature oriel windows that cantilever out from their reclaimed-brick facades. The owner of the site, a local developer called Roberto Caravona, asked Barber’s studio to help him gain planning permission to replace a block

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MAD’s Huangshan Mountain Village mimics the topography of a rocky Chinese landscape

MAD has built a cluster of housing towers in China’s Anhui province, which take their forms from smooth shores of Taiping Lake and the granite peaks of the Huangshan mountain range. Ten housing blocks make up MAD’s Huangshan Mountain Village. The floorplates of each one decrease in scale towards the summit, tapering to create a peak-like formation along the

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Denizen Works pairs black bricks with pointy panels for Haddo Yard housing in Whitstable

Architecture studio Denizen Works references traditional fishing huts with this apartment building in the English seaside town of Whitstable, which features black brick walls and pointed ceramic details. London-based Denizen Works designed Haddo Yard for a site directly opposite the Kentish town’s train station. As a result, the three-storey building is designed to have a strong presence

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UNStudio hopes to create “neighbourhoods in the sky” with Canaletto Tower in London

Bands of aluminium and concrete divide up sections of this London residential skyscraper by UNStudio, to foster different communities within the building, while also framing panoramic views for residents. The 31-storey Canaletto Tower is located at 257 City Road, not far from Shoreditch. It is one of several new high-rises underway on this street, along with Foster + Partners’

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Cross-laminated-timber housing in east London offers “the future of low carbon construction”

Work has been completed on a 10-storey carbon-neutral apartment complex in London’s Dalston, which architecture firm Waugh Thistleton claims is the “world’s largest cross-laminated timber building”. Not only is Dalston Works believed to use more cross-laminated timber (CLT) than any other building in the world, at 33.8 metres tall, it is also among the tallest structures pioneering the use

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Tighe Architecture creates sculptural grey apartment building for LA’s Filipinotown

Jagged rooflines, slot windows and grey cladding define this urban housing complex by California studio Tighe Architecture, which occupies a full Los Angeles city block. Called 2510 Temple, the apartment complex is located in the historic Filipinotown district, just west of Downtown LA. Offering both market-rate and affordable apartments, the development is intended to help address

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UK government’s £2 billion housing pledge is not high enough, says RIBA president Ben Derbyshire

UK prime minister Theresa May has committed an extra £2 billion to building new affordable housing – but the figure is nowhere near high enough to solve the housing crisis, according to Royal British Institute of Architects president Ben Derbyshire. Derbyshire, who took on the role of RIBA president last month, said that much more funding is necessary

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High-rise buildings should only be used to house the very rich, says Neave Brown

Tower blocks like Grenfell should never have been built, according to 2018 Royal Gold Medallist Neave Brown, who believes high-rise housing ostracises council tenants and should instead be reserved for the most wealthy in society. “Almost all those point blocks and slab blocks should never have been built because they ostracise the underprivileged into special

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RCR Arquitectes completes “serene and restrained” Dubai apartment building with sea views

Pritzker Prize-winning studio RCR Arquitectes has completed a luxury apartment complex on an artificial island in Dubai, featuring glazed balconies on every floor and facades lined with textured glass louvres. Catalan studio RCR Arquitectes designed the Muraba Residences for a site on the Eastern Crescent of Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah – an artificial archipelago created in

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Odile Guzy Architectes covers social housing scheme with wooden slats and diamond patterned roofs

French firm Odile Guzy Architectes has completed a social housing project in the city of Chalon-sur-Saône, comprising a row of terraced houses and an adjacent apartment block with timber facades that extend to form slatted solar screens. The project was undertaken by Odile Guzy Architectes for OPAC Saône & Loire, a social housing organisation that

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Five key housing projects by 2018 Royal Gold Medallist Neave Brown

Lauded as a “pioneer of quality public housing”, the 2018 Royal Gold Medallist Neave Brown is best known for his housing schemes in north London. Here’s a look at five of his key residential projects at home and abroad. Brown, 88, was named the 2018 recipient of the 2018 Royal Gold Medal by the Royal Institute

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Mikhail Riches unveils plans for phase two of Park Hill estate regeneration

Architecture practice Mikhail Riches has revealed its designs for the second wave of regeneration works at Park Hill estate in Sheffield, England, which will see modern homes inserted within the original 1960s structure. Originally designed by architects Ivor Smith and Jack Lynn for Sheffield City Council, the Park Hill estate is famous for it’s brutalist exposed-concrete grid and its

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Woods Bagot combines brick and board-marked concrete throughout Elwood House apartments

This low-lying brick-and-concrete apartment complex was designed by architecture firm Woods Bagot to reflect the scale and materiality of the surrounding buildings in a Melbourne suburb. Elwood House is situated on the site of a former Retired Service League community hall in Elwood, an inner suburb located around eight kilometres south of Melbourne’s central business

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Residents of Sydney high-rise estate use lights to protest against gentrification

Night after night, the windows of the tower blocks that make up the Waterloo Estate in Sydney have been gradually lit up in different colours as part of a public art project that aims to make the community more visible. Triggered by the NSW state government’s plans to redevelop the area, the #WeLiveHere2017 project has been gaining

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Batay-Csorba animates facades of Toronto townhouses with angled windows

Canadian studio Batay-Csorba Architects has taken cues from traditional bay windows on Victorian homes for this residential building in Toronto, which has apertures that appear to be slanted. The development, called Core Modern Homes, is located in the city’s upscale Leaside neighbourhood. The building occupies a prime site along Eglinton Avenue, slated to become the city’s newest

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LGA transforms warehouse into community for homeless youths in Toronto

Canadian firm LGA Architectural Partners has created a neighbourhood within an old Toronto industrial building, to provide accommodation for homeless young people. Eva’s is a nonprofit initiative that provides shelter and educational facilities for homeless youth in the city. For the latest of its three residences, LGA Architectural Partners consulted with Canadian agency ERA Architects to revamp

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White latticed screens encase apartment block in Kenya by Urko Sanchez Architects

White mashrabiya-style screens cover these apartments in Mombasa, Kenya, which Nairobi-based Urko Sanchez Architects designed to provide residents with privacy but also views out to sea. Tudor Apartments is located on a site overlooking the coast and flanked by a housing development on one side and a private residence on the other that may later be turned into

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HGR Arquitectos uses orange bricks to build Mexico City apartment block

Brickwork panels alternate with gaps up the sides of this housing project in Mexico City, which local firm HGR Arquitectos has organised around a line of patios at the centre. Named after a leading figure in the Mexican Revolution, the Emiliano Zapata 167 apartment block is located in the sprawling city’s south-central Portales Norte neighbourhood.

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Peter Pichler unveils figure-of-eight-shaped housing complex with rooftop running track

A rooftop running track will connect the two towers of this housing complex, designed by Milan-based Peter Pichler Architecture for a Dutch town. Peter Pichler’s firm won an international competition with its design for the Looping Towers. The figure-of-eight-shaped scheme will be built in Maarssen, Utrecht, on a plot facing the Vecht river. Measuring 35,000 square metres in total, the

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Llywelyn James proposes affordable cantilevered housing for London’s brownfield sites

Royal College of Art architecture graduate Llywelyn James has proposed a series of elevated residential blocks for an undeveloped brownfield land near Thamesmead in London to aid the city’s housing crisis. James’s 30,000 2020 project tackles the shortage of affordable housing in the capital with a concept for housing on a brownfield site in Thamesmead, a suburb south of the

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Huge porthole windows bathe Melbourne apartments with natural light

Circular windows dominate the staggered brick facades of this apartment block designed by Australian practice BKK Architects for the Melbourne suburb of Ivanhoe East. Local studio BKK Architects designed the 44-apartment block for a steeply sloping site in a residential neighbourhood located around 10 kilometres northeast of the city’s central business district. Six porthole windows provide the focal point for the Cirqua Apartments, which are made

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Robin Hood Gardens demolition is an “act of vandalism” says Simon Smithson

Simon Smithson, the son of the architects behind the soon-to-be-demolished Robin Hood Gardens, has attacked politicians for tampering with the heritage-listing system, to erase prime examples of the UK’s post-war architecture. An architect at Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Smithson was a key figure in the campaign to save the brutalist landmark designed by Alison and Peter Smithson. Despite nationwide

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BIG unveils plans for Cactus Towers beside new Copenhagen IKEA

Bjarke Ingel’s firm BIG has revealed renderings of a pair of high-rise residential towers with spiky facades, which will overlook a new IKEA and hotel in Copenhagen’s Vesterbro district. Named after the distinctive spiked outline created by their rotated floorplates, the Cactus Towers will stand at 60 and 80 metres tall. The corners of the slabs are shown overhanging planted

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Works Progress Architecture tops Portland apartment building with zigzagging roof

US firm Works Progress Architecture has created a residential building in Portland with gabled roofs, which help it stand out from the conventional boxy structures that are emerging in the Oregon city. Langano Apartments is situated within the Buckman neighbourhood, known for its tree-lined streets, restored bungalows, artisan shops and trendy restaurants. The 30-unit building is situated on a

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Grace Quah’s Bartlett graduation project is a feminist film featuring homes that perform domestic chores

Bartlett School of Architecture graduate Grace Quah has produced a feminist film featuring a conceptual housing estate where appliances become the architecture, reducing the amount of unpaid domestic labour women are required to carry out. Quah developed her Silvertown Plug-In project during her studies on the Bartlett’s MA programme. She was part of Unit 26, led by Simon Kennedy

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Sydney’s Sirius building saved from demolition in “triumph for brutalism”

One of Sydney’s only examples of brutalist architecture has been given a second chance, after a court ruled against the government decision not to heritage list it. The Sirius apartment block in The Rocks was facing demolition following the New South Wales government’s rejection of a recommendation to list the building as a valuable piece of architectural heritage. But

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Bartlett graduate Julia Baltsavia designs construction system for modular housing based on I-beams

A library of parts could be used to create personalised self-build apartments, with this construction system designed by Bartlett graduate Julia Baltsavia as a solution to London’s housing crisis. The I-Architecture project, completed by Baltsavia as part of her studies on the Bartlett’s MA Architecture programme, offers an alternative to conventional house building, which she claims is failing to provide sufficient

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ODA creates stepped terraces at corner of Brooklyn condo building

Cascading balconies top this Brooklyn apartment block by American studio ODA, which is shown in a movie starring the design team throwing footballs, catching flowers and passing balloons between the terraces. Photographer and filmmaker Miguel de Guzmán of Imagen Subliminal shot the film to showcase the “optimistic atmosphere of the life in the terraces”, which ODA created on the upper corner of

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MVRDV unveils plans for Eindhoven housing with jagged grass-covered roofs

Rotterdam studio MVRDV has unveiled plans for a residential tower complex in Eindhoven, featuring spiky plant-covered roofs and greenhouses. MVRDV won a competition to design the housing in Eindhoven’s Bergen neighbourhood, which will redevelop an inner city around Deken van Someren Street. It follows yesterday’s news that the Dutch studio will build a new skyscraper in Rotterdam. The 29,000-square-metre Nieuw Bergen will reuse

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Unwanted tower-block cladding could be used to build migrant housing

Cladding panels removed from high-rise buildings are repurposed to build temporary homes for Romanian migrant workers in this proposal by architecture studio Reed Watts, which has just been named winner of a charity-organised design competition. Called The Flat Pack, the design envisions the Trespa cladding panels that currently cover a pair of tower blocks in the London borough

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Chequerboard facades front Andreas Martin-Löf Arkitekter’s affordable housing in Stockholm

Stockholm studio Andreas Martin-Löf Arkitekter has completed a cluster of affordable apartment blocks in the Swedish capital, featuring facades with alternating opaque and transparent sections. Snabba Hus Västberga is the second project designed by Martin-Löf Arkitekter that uses offsite prefabrication and standardised materials to reduce the cost of constructing apartments for young people on waiting lists for

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CF Møller appointed on Robin Hood Gardens replacement scheme

Scandinavian firm CF Møller has been appointed alongside Haworth Tompkins and Metropolitan Workshop on the housing scheme that will replace Robin Hood Gardens, the brutalist estate in east London designed by Alison and Peter Smithson. CF Møller’s housing will take the place of the eastern block of the iconic estate, while residences by Haworth Tompkins and Metropolitan Workshop – who were appointed to the scheme

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Unfinished homes touted as potential solution to the global housing crisis

Homes without internal walls, kitchens or bathrooms are being billed as a solution to housing crises around the world, after NL Architects won the Mies van der Rohe Award for its refurbishment of the Kleiburg apartment block in Amsterdam. The block’s “Klusflats”, or DIY flats, come without any internal fittings, so residents complete the homes themselves. This makes them far cheaper

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Seven pioneering social housing projects selected by Paul Karakusevic

Following the release of Social Housing, a book spotlighting Europe’s best public housing projects, architect and co-author Paul Karakusevic has selected seven residential developments he thinks are particularly innovative. Designs by architects including Assemble
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Lacaton & Vassal, Mecanoo and Sergison Bates are among the 24 case studies in the book, which was co-authored by the Karakusevic Carson Architects director and his colleague Abigail Batchelor. They

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LOHA creates housing block with curvilinear courtyard in LA’s Koreatown

American firm Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects has completed a multifamily apartment building with a sculptural interior courtyard and a monochrome facade. Called Mariposa1038, the building occupies a gently sloping site in Los Angeles’ Koreatown neighbourhood, which has experienced rapid development in recent years. “As one of the densest neighbourhoods in the country, Los Angeles’ Koreatown is at the

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Zaha Hadid Architects plans residences in tropical setting near Cancún

Zaha Hadid Architects has unveiled its design for a residential complex on Mexico’s Riviera Maya, based on traditional Mayan design and surrounded by tropical woodland. The London-based firm designed the Alai complex for a strip of land between the sea and a lagoon near Cancún, a hugely popular tourist destination on Caribbean coastline of the Yucatan Peninsula. The aim is to

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Brooks + Scarpa completes The Six housing for LA’s homeless and disabled veterans

California architecture firm Brooks + Scarpa has designed a low-cost housing development in Los Angeles to accommodate displaced service members. Commissioned by Skid Row Housing Trust, a local homeless-advocacy group, The Six offers low-cost, permanent housing for homeless and/or disabled veterans in the region. Veterans make up three per cent of LA’s population, but account

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Trevor Horne Architects completes 12-sided art gallery in south London park

London studio Trevor Horne Architects has completed a gallery and apartment building on the site of the former Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, featuring folded brick walls topped with a glazed events space. The building on Tyers Street is the first permanent location for Cabinet Gallery, which was founded in Brixton in 1991 but had previously been operating from premises

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EFFEKT proposes Bratislava housing scheme modelled on a mountain range

Danish studio EFFEKT has developed a housing scheme for the Slovakian city of Bratislava, which features a dramatically staggered roofline intended to echo the peaks of a mountain range. EFFEKT has proposed the 120,000-square-metre housing block called Južna Dolina for a stretch of parkland in the city’s Petržalka borough, where it will be surrounded by farmland near the Donau river. To

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ISA creates hybrid housing complex for gentrifying neighbourhood in Philadelphia

The massing for this residential development by US architecture firm ISA was driven by its varied types of living units, from apartments and duplexes to three-storey townhouses. Called Folsom Powerhouse, the housing development occupies a full block in Francisville, a gentrifying neighbourhood between Philadelphia’s urban core and outlying areas. Constructed on a gently sloping site,

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Naked House and OMMX offer bare-bones affordable housing for London

British studio OMMX has teamed up with house-builder Naked House to develop an affordable housing model for London, offering homes stripped back to just their bare necessities. Designed to appeal to first-time buyers priced out of the capital’s traditional housing market, the properties will be sold for between £150,000 to £350,000 – a fraction of the £580,000 average house price

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vPPR converts former Shoreditch warehouse into shops and flats linked by private walkway

A public and private street flank this former warehouse in east London, which local studio vPPR has converted into a mixed-use development containing shops and apartments. The building is situated on Redchurch Street in Shoreditch – a popular shopping destination home to some of the city’s trendiest brands and boutiques. vPPR was tasked with reviving the imposing brick warehouse and

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