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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SOM reveals designs for 16-hectare “vertical village” in central Bangkok

Skidmore Owings & Merril has unveiled its vision for One Bangkok: a new district in the centre of the Thai city made up of a family skyscrapers interspersed with green spaces. One Bangkok will provide extensive residential, hotel, retail, office and public space for an estimated 60,000 people once the district is complete in 2025. The design by Chicago-based architects SOM will integrate a

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Modular affordable housing envisioned for “abandoned” New York airspace

This conceptual scheme by designers Beomki Lee and Chang Kyu Lee calls for using vacant airspace over existing New York buildings to create affordable apartments and public areas. Called Instant City: Living Air-Right, the design consists of a white, modular, grid-like structure built atop existing low-rise buildings. Renderings show the proposal above 225 West 28th

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Ho Chi Minh apartment block features patterned terracotta facade and garden pockets

A screen of decorative terracotta blockwork fronts this apartment block in Ho Chi Minh City by Sanuki Daisuke Architects, which features planted courtyards in its centre.  Diamond and floral motifs are cut through the terracotta facade fronting the Apartment in Binh Thanh, which is named after a district in the Vietnamese city. Sanuki Daisuke Architects chose terracotta for its relatively low cost. The perforated

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Balconies and courtyards puncture Japanese apartment building by Eureka and Maru Architecture

Featuring an irregular geometric form, this apartment building in Saitama, Japan, accommodates homes for seven families, as well as red-painted communal areas at street level. Local studios Eureka and Maru Architecture collaborated on the design of the building, which they titled Around the Corner Grain to reflect its location at the intersection of two streets. Where the building

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Housing development based on Hanging Gardens of Babylon proposed for Birmingham

Architects of Invention references one the seven wonders of the ancient world with this design for a residential development in Birmingham, England. Based on the fabled Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Garden Hill proposal comprises two modular 25-storey towers arranged in a parabolic formation with planted rooftop terraces in between. Approximately 500 residential units measuring

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ODA completes “pixelated” luxury condo building in Queens

New York architecture firm ODA has constructed a residential complex in Long Island City that features protruding boxes across its street-facing facades. Located close to the MoMA PS1 museum, ODA’s project at 2222 Jackson Avenue rises 11 storeys and accommodates 147 apartments. The L-shaped building’s skeleton comprises a poured concrete grid, of which sections are

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DRDH completes elderly home in Belgium featuring pared-back finishes and open-air courtyards

London studio DRDH Architects has built an apartment complex and social centre for elderly people in Aarschot, Belgium, featuring simple materials, communal courtyards and few bold splashes of colour. DRDH Architects worked with Belgian studio Architecten de Vylder Vinck Tallieu to design the facility for social services provider OCMW Aarschot, after jointly winning an international competition. The project consists of a

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Colossal Amsterdam housing block brought up to date with customisable apartments

Dutch studios NL Architects and XVW Architectuur have renovated one of the largest apartment buildings in the Netherlands, restoring the repetitive gridded facades of the 1960s block but leaving the flats bare for residents to customise. The Bijlmermeer building was designed in the sixties by Dutch architect Siegfried Nassuth for a site to the south east of Amsterdam

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An Experimental Residential Complex By Elisa Valero

Located in one of the oldest neighborhoods of Granada, Spain, the complex of eight apartments is an experimental project designed for a neighbors’ cooperative.
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Richard Meier designs schools and teacher housing for his hometown in New Jersey

American architect Richard Meier has completed a trio of residential buildings and two charter schools in downtown Newark, the city where he was born. The buildings are part of a new mixed-use development called Teachers Village, which encompasses four city blocks – a total of 23 acres (nine hectares) – in the economically challenged urban core of

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MVRDV’s letter-shaped housing blocks spell out HOME across old army barracks site

MVRDV has revealed its plans to redevelop the former Mannheim US Army camp in Germany, creating a green mound from demolished barracks and four residential towers that spell out the word home. The Dutch firm’s designs for the 144-hectare Franklin Mitte neighbourhood in Mannheim are intended to introduce density and diversity to the monotonous plan of barracks. Aimed at local families leaving

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Climbing plants and asymmetric balconies surround Buchner Bründler’s Garden Tower

A mesh for climbing plants wraps the angular balconies of this apartment block in Alpine Switzerland, completed by Buchner Bründler Architekten. The Basel-based studio won a competition to contribute to a new housing complex in Wabern, which called for buildings that create a dialogue with the mountainous setting, encouraging residents to live close to nature. The Garden Tower is designed to resemble a natural

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Safdie-esque extension proposed for Sydney’s brutalist Sirius building

Australian studio CplusC Architectural Workshop has envisioned a Tetris-like extension to the demolition-threatened Sirius building in Sydney, which bears a resemblance to Moshe Safdie’s iconic Habitat 67 housing. CplusC Architectural Workshop proposes the conceptual scheme as an alternative to levelling the brutalist Sirius social housing building, which the New South Wales (NSW) government plans to sell off for redevelopment.

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Wave-like facades wrap 3XN’s aquatic centre in southern Sweden

Danish practice 3XN has unveiled plans for a new aquatics centre in the southern Swedish city of Linköping, which will featuring undulating timber and glass facades. The Copenhagen-based studio won a contest to design the centre, seeing off competition from more than 40 entrants, including finalists Zaha Hadid Architects, Erséus Arkitekter, Henning Larsen Architects and Liljewall Arkitekter. The centre,

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Manhattan apartment building by Handel Architects takes cues from historic church

US studio Handel Architects has completed a pair of residential towers with concrete facade elements designed to reference a neighbouring stone cathedral. Called Enclave at the Cathedral, the project is located on the property of the historic Cathedral of St John the Divine in Upper Manhattan – one of the largest Christian churches in the world. The

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Weston Williamson proposes incremental building to combat Palestinian housing shortage

British studio Weston Williamson has revealed a housing concept that aims to resolve the lack of affordable housing in Palestine by allowing residents to expand as their finances grow. Like the housing project Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena designed in Mexico, building work is designed to be carried out incrementally, with new rooms added as the occupants’ wealth grows. Weston

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Arqmov Workshop covers Mexico City apartment block in small wood squares

This urban housing block by Mexican architecture studio Arqmov Workshop features a wood screen that was influenced by slatted boxes used to carry vegetables. Called Just Be, the building sits within in Mexico City’s vibrant Colonia Conde neighbourhood, known for its commercial activity and cultural venues. The 1940s Bella Época theatre – an icon in the

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COBE and Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects complete warehouse-inspired housing for Copenhagen harbour

The faceted roofline and brick surfaces of these apartment blocks by Danish firms COBE and Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects take their cues from the 300-year-old warehouses on Copenhagen’s harbour. The 20,000-square-metre scheme named Krøyers Plads is divided up into three blocks that slot into gaps among old warehouses and the Royal Playhouse on the waterfront. It forms part

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White irregularly stacked boxes form social housing in France by Poggi + More

White caged balconies project from the sides of this social housing block by French collective Poggi + More, making it look like a series of irregularly stacked boxes. Bordeaux-based More Architecture and Poggi Architecture teamed up to design the 1,886-square-metre scheme named White Clouds, which provides 30 apartments for the town of Saintes in western France. Working together as Poggi +

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Arqmov creates Mexico City apartment block with angled windows and coloured panels

This urban residential building by Arqmov Workshop features a faceted facade sheathed in a patchwork of vibrant laminate panels and large windows framed in black metal. The residential project – called ColiRoma OneHundredTwentyEight – is located in Mexico City. It is situated within the popular district of Roma Norte, known for its galleries, clubs and restaurants. Encompassing

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Moon Hoon creates housing with owl-like features in South Korea

A concrete frame angles out from a window at the top of this irregularly shaped housing block in South Korea, which was designed by architect Moon Hoon to resemble an owl. South Korean architect Moon Hoon designed the four-storey Busan Times building for the city of Busan and included plenty of windows to offer views across the urban landscape. A series

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Arches puncture brick facade of Amsterdam apartment block by WE Architecten

Arched openings punctuate the brick facade of this apartment building in Amsterdam, which is co-owned by its occupants and tailored to accommodate their varying lifestyles. The Amstelloft apartments are located overlooking the river Amstel, a site granted to WE Architecten by the local municipality after seeing its proposals for a cooperative development that is entirely owned by its occupants.

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Pollard Thomas Edwards completes UK’s first over 50s co-housing scheme

Pollard Thomas Edwards has completed the UK’s first co-housing project for elderly residents in north London, comprising  brick mews houses arranged around a communal garden. New Ground Co-housing is set on the site of a former convent in High Barnet. London-based architects Pollard Thomas Edwards worked with Hanover Housing to design it for the Older Women’s Co-housing (OWCH)

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People’s Architecture Office uses prefabricated panels to update Beijing hutong house

People’s Architecture Office has repurposed a rundown home in one of Beijing’s historic hutong neighbourhoods, using prefabricated panels to create a contemporary and light-filled residence. The Beijing studio overhauled and extended the residence in the Changchun Jie Hutong neighbourhood using a series of white panels. The client Mrs Fan had lived in the house as a child until her parents

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MAD’s Fake Hills housing features topography-inspired roofline and massive hollows

MAD has completed the first phase of its Fake Hills development – an apartment complex in Beihai, China, with an undulating roofline that accommodates tennis courts and swimming pools. The topography-inspired housing block runs along the back of the 800-metre-long ocean-side plot, and will later be joined by a cluster of smaller blocks and a tower with wavy edges. Beijing-based

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Jean-Marc Bonfils reinterprets traditional Lebanese architecture with East Village apartment tower

This apartment block and art gallery in Beirut combines traditional timber and stone cladding with a vertical garden and a bright-red balcony that cantilevers from one of its facades. Local architect Jean-Marc Bonfils designed the East Village complex for gallerist Naila Kettaneh-Kunigk, whose Galerie Tanit occupies the ground floor. During the development process, Bonfils suggested

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BIG and Barcode Architects unveil terraced block for IJburg waterfront

Bjarke Ingels Group and Barcode Architects have revealed their competition-winning design for an Amsterdam tower, which will terrace down to touch the surface of the IJ lake. The 46,000-square-metre mixed-use building named Sluishuis is designed as a gateway to Amsterdam’s IJburg, a neighbourhood set on artificial islands that float on IJ. Created by Bjarke Ingel’s Copenhagen-based firm BIG

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EFFEKT’s Thurøhus apartments feature textured brick facades and a staggered roof

Danish studio EFFEKT has completed a brick-clad apartment block in Copenhagen with a tapered profile that reflects the roof shape of an adjacent church. The Thurøhus complex is located in the Danish capital’s historic Frederiksberg neighbourhood. It was designed by EFFEKT for a former industrial plot on a tree-lined street called Thurøvej. Thurøhus’ scale and

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Viñoly, Meier and KPF design luxury towers for Manhattan waterfront

American firms Rafael Viñoly Architects, Richard Meier & Partners, and Kohn Pedersen Fox have conceived a trio of high-end residential buildings that will overlook New York’s Hudson River. Encompassing nearly five acres (two hectares), the Waterline Square project is rising on one of the last undeveloped waterfront sites in Manhattan’s Upper West Side district. The buildings will

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Sliding shutters cover Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes’ Parisian apartments

White metal louvres covering the facade of this apartment block in Paris can be drawn across windows and balconies to screen against the sun and street.  French studio Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes gave the building a height, scale and colouring that is intended to harmonise with the existing architecture on Rue Castagnary, in the city’s 15th arrondissement. The scale of

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Edouard François creates plant-covered housing block to disperse seeds across Paris

Plants grow up the exterior of this green apartment tower in Paris, France, which was designed by local firm Maison Edouard François to spread seeds across the city. Maison Edouard François designed the M6B2 Tower of Biodiversity to show that high-rise structures can be used to create environmentally friendly cities with plenty of plant and animal life. Benefitting from an exemption to the

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Haptic designs elderly housing for Norway to encourage residents to socialise

Haptic has been selected to create a housing complex in a picturesque Norwegian town with a growing elderly population. The London- and Oslo-based studio – which ranked in the top 100 of the inaugural Dezeen Hot List – won a competition with its design for a series of buildings with zigzagging rooflines in the fjord-side town of

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Shutter-covered towers give bedrooms sea views at Lebanese housing complex

Bedrooms contained within towers at this housing complex on the Lebanese coast feature folding shutters and sliding glass walls that allow sea breezes to cool the interiors. The Courtowers are a cluster of four family properties in the Amsheet region of Lebanon, which were designed by Beirut architecture office Hashim Sarkis Studios for a plot facing the Mediterranean

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Concrete apartments slot into cliff overlooking Porto’s Dom Luís I Bridge

Architects Nuno Melo Sousa and Hugo Ferreira have created a apartment block for holidaymakers in Porto, backing onto a steep granite cliff beside one of the city’s most prominent bridges. The Oh Porto! apartments are situated within a Unesco World Heritage Site next to the Dom Luís I Bridge, which spans the Douro River between the cities of Porto and

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Boxy balconies and spiral staircase feature at Parisian apartment block by Karawitz

Parisian studio Karawitz has completed a housing block overlooking the Ourcq canal, which features balconies framed by light-grey boxes and an external corkscrew staircase. Karawitz designed the 23 Housing Unit, complete with a restaurant and brewery, for a triangular site at the intersection between the Marne quay and the bridge that crosses the Ourcq canal. It has two levels of access: one from

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Woods Bagot’s zinc-clad apartments echo industrial context in Melbourne

Balconies and windows with deep black frames project from these zinc-clad apartment blocks in Melbourne, designed by Woods Bagot to reference the area’s industrial architecture. The Assembly Apartments are situated in northern Melbourne, in an area with an industrial heritage evidenced by the high number of factory buildings. Local practice Woods Bagot, who designed the 137 apartments for the high-end developer Cbus Property, sought

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Top-heavy block in Seoul features red brick top and concrete base

Four floors clad in slim red bricks sit above the concrete base of this office and apartment block in the South Korean city Seoul, which was designed by local firm Stocker Lee Architetti. The Nonhyun 101-1 building is located in the Gangnam district, a commercial area in the south of Seoul. Stocker Lee Architetti chose red brickwork as the primary material to help the mixed-use building to stand out

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White latticework covers Parisian apartment block by Odile Guzy Architectes

Angular balconies extending from the front of this apartment block in Paris are framed by white concrete screens featuring a perforated pattern that resembles brickwork. Local firm Odile Guzy Architectes designed the complex of 28 dwellings for a plot in the French capital’s 13th arrondissement. The long and narrow site is located in a densely

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The Ranch Mine clads Phoenix townhouses in brick, stucco and weathering steel

US studio The Ranch Mine has completed a residential development in central Phoenix that consists of a pair of matching buildings, each containing five spacious townhouses. Called Uptown Row, the development comprises 10 units that were built on a 0.71-acre (2,873-square-metre) site that formerly was a dilapidated parking lot. The project is designed to straddle the line “between

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“The housing crisis isn’t a crisis, it’s a design project”

Opinion: the UK’s housing crisis is no accident, but has been carefully orchestrated to become a catch-all excuse for self-serving projects, argues Phineas Harper in his first Opinion column for Dezeen. The housing crisis isn’t a crisis. Calling it one inhibits effective action and plays into the hands of its creators. To respond strategically to the crippling British homes More

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