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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Kanye West begins Yeezy Home architecture venture with social-housing project

Kanye West’s first foray into architecture is expected to be a prefabricated concrete affordable-housing project, which has emerged a month after he announced a new arm of his Yeezy fashion label. A rendering of the social-housing project appeared on Instagram yesterday, 3 June 2018, giving rise to suggestions that it will be the initial project from Yeezy

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Low-cost micro home is made from timber and scavenged materials

Invisible Studio built this mobile micro home at its woodland studio near the English city of Bath for a cost of just £20,000 thanks to the use of salvaged materials and locally grown timber.  The UK architecture office built the 40-square-metre gabled structure called Trailer out of unseasoned timber sourced the woodland surrounding its studio, as well as materials

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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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Affordable housing and studio concept wins RIBA contest for decommissioned gasholders

London studio Outpost has won a contest seeking ideas for how disused gasholders could be repurposed across the UK, with its concept for a ring of affordable housing and workspaces. The plans show a row of gabled buildings surrounding a circular well, which would be left behind after the latticed steel frame of a gasholder

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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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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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The SHED Project offers micro-homes inside vacant London properties

Self-contained micro homes are being installed inside vacant buildings across London as part of an initiative called The SHED Project, which features in the latest movie from our Dezeen x MINI Living video series. The project sees property management company Lowe Guardians create temporary affordable housing for young professionals inside empty properties like warehouses and office blocks. By doing so, the company is also helping to keep

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Eda Kutluozen proposes affordable housing above tube stations for London’s key workers

Royal College of Art architecture graduate Eda Kutluozen’s Vertical Open City project proposes inserting dense affordable housing and public spaces into disused sites across London. Designed for key workers and other marginalised citizens, Kutluozen proposes vertically stacking highly compacted public and domestic spaces into disused infill sites across the capital, such as the dead space above tube

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RCA graduate proposes low-cost cantilevered homes to combat housing crisis

This captioned movie explores a proposal by RCA graduate Llywelyn James to tackle London’s housing crisis by building 100-metre-long cantilevered structures on the city’s undeveloped brownfield sites. Watch more one-minute movies › 

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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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10 low-cost homes that could help to tackle the global housing crisis

An affordable micro home that takes less than a day to build has just launched in the UK, so we’re taking a look at 10 properties around the world that have been completed to an extremely tight budget and offer some solutions to widespread housing shortages. Sorte Hus, Denmark, by Sigurd Larsen Danish architect Sigurd Larsen built

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Kodasema launches tiny prefab home for £150k in UK

In a bid to solve the UK’s housing crisis, Estonian design collective Kodasema has launched its prefabricated 25-square-metre micro home that takes less than a day to build and can be relocated to make use of vacant sites. The Koda house costs just £150,000 as a package – including the cost of planning and building regulations, as well as delivery, site

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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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Mami House is a “mini bunker” built for a couple on a very tight budget

Faced with the difficult task of delivering a family house for less than €100,000, Portuguese architect José Carlos Nunes de Oliveira designed this cuboidal concrete property. Nunes de Oliveira, who leads architecture studio NOARQ, was initially asked by the clients to build them a 160-square-metre home for just €80,000 (approximately £67,000). He told them it was impossible, so they

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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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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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BIG stacks shipping containers to create floating student housing in Copenhagen harbour

Shipping containers are stacked on a floating platform to create these buoyant student halls of residence designed by Bjarke Ingels’ firm for Copenhagen harbour (+ slideshow). The project named Urban Rigger aims to provide low-cost housing for students in the centre of the Copenhagen, docked in the harbour. BIG’s scheme comprises nine shipping containers stacked and arranged on a More

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Cité Radieuse combines elements from many of Le Corbusier’s previous designs

World Heritage Corb: Le Corbusier’s Unité d’Habitation in Marseille is one of French-Swiss architect’s most recognised buildings, and is the last in our series exploring the 17 of his projects added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List (+ slideshow). The apartment complex in the French city – also known as Cité Radieuse – is the first More

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Le Corbusier’s Immeuble Clarté housing informed his Unité d’Habitation design

World Heritage Corb: long before he built the famed Cité Radieuse in Marseille, French-Swiss architect Le Corbusier explored similar housing principles for the 1932 Immeuble Clarté in Geneva – one of 17 of his buildings added to UNESCO’s World Heritage list (+ slideshow). The Modernist housing unit that Le Corbusier designed with his cousin Pierre Jeanneret More

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Le Corbusier’s Weissenhof Estate in Stuttgart was part of a Modernist housing exhibition

World heritage Corb: two residential units outside Stuttgart designed by Le Corbusier and his cousin Pierre Jeanneret have recently been added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List along with 16 other projects by the famed French-Swiss architect (+ slideshow). The worker’s housing units were built as part of a 1927 exhibition on Modernist housing. The city More

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Le Corbusier’s colourful Cité Frugès workers’ housing now hosts fashionable apartments

World Heritage Corb: the long-neglected housing complex designed by French-Swiss architect Le Corbusier for workers of a sugar factory outside Bordeaux, recently added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List, has found a new life as desirable apartments. The colourful Cité Frugès housing complex was completed in 1924 and is among 17 Le Corbusier projects that received UNESCO listing earlier More

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Three architecture studios complete low-cost housing complex in San Francisco

A trio of local design firms teamed up to create an affordable apartment building that occupies a full city block in San Francisco’s urban core (+ slideshow). Called 1180 Fourth Street, the six-storey building was designed by Mithun-Solomon, Kennerly Architecture & Planning and Full Circle Architecture. Situated on a pointy corner lot, the building serves as More

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Alexander Gorlin creates colourful affordable housing for single adults in The Bronx

New York studio Alexander Gorlin Architects has completed a Bronx apartment block with small studios for low-income tenants, including those who were once homeless (+ slideshow). Called Boston Road – in reference to the street it overlooks – the residential building is located in The Bronx, one of the five boroughs in New York City. It encompasses More

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SCI-Arc students build affordable home in low-income Los Angeles neighbourhood

Students in a design-build program at the Southern California Institute of Architecture have completed a house in a crime-ridden area of Los Angeles, with features included to help occupants feel “safe and secure” (+ slideshow). Called the IVRV House, the dwelling was built in collaboration with the Greater Los Angeles chapter of Habitat for Humanity, More

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MVRDV to transform old US Army barracks in Germany into affordable housing

MVRDV has revealed its plans to redevelop a former US Army barracks in Mannheim, Germany, into a “village” of affordable housing. The Dutch firm is working with housing producer Traumhaus – which translates as Dreamhouse – on the project, intended to offer an alternative “to the current state of modern day suburbia and the village”. Designed to appeal to More

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Shotgun Chameleon house in Houston is designed to help its owners off-set their mortgage

Taking influences from the vernacular houses of the southern US, this low-cost house in Houston by ZDES architects is designed to accommodate a family, but can be divided up to allow the owners to rent out private areas.  The 139-square-metre house, called Shotgun Chameleon, was conceived as a prototype that could be adapted with a variety of room configurations More

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Cedar-clad house by Yale students could serve as a model for affordable housing

Graduate students at the Yale School of Architecture have designed and built a contemporary family home in a low-income neighbourhood in New Haven, Connecticut (+ slideshow). The dwelling was completed as part of the school’s Jim Vlock Building Project, a programme established in 1967. The programme is focused on designing and constructing low-cost homes in economically […]

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MOS Architects creates modular house made entirely from corridors

Chicago Architecture Biennial 2015: New York-based studio MOS Architects has created an installation that explores the possibility of building homes using only corridor and hallway-like spaces (+ slideshow). The Corridor House is a series of plywood modules, staggered and layered to create a puzzle-like dwelling with a courtyard in the centre. Each unit is designed to resemble a […]

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New York’s first micro-apartment building to be completed in December

A modular residential tower designed by nArchitects that is meant to offer a solution to New York’s affordable housing shortage is nearing completion (+ slideshow). The building, named My Micro NY, is currently rising on a site in Manhattan’s Kips Bay neighbourhood. The firm has just released a two-minute video, created by filmmaker Antti Seppanen, that shows construction […]

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Vo Trong Nghia Architects’ low-cost housing moves towards mass production

Chicago Architecture Biennial 2015: Vietnam-based Vo Trong Nghia Architects has unveiled a fourth prototype of its low-cost housing design, which is now moving towards mass production (+ slideshow). The S House – a project that has been ongoing since it was first unveiled in 2012 – was developed by Vo Trong Nghia’s studio in response to Vietnam’s housing crisis. […]

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Tatiana Bilbao addresses “urgent need” for housing Mexico’s poorest inhabitants

Chicago Architecture Biennial 2015: Tatiana Bilbao presents a flexible building prototype that offers a solution to Mexico’s social housing shortage during the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial (+ slideshow). The Mexican architect has designed a low-cost house that can be adapted to suit varying numbers of residents, and can be expanded as a family grows. It can also be altered to suit the variety […]

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Penda’s bamboo pavilion could be expanded to create homes for 200,000 people

Architecture studio Penda has created a rope-bound bamboo pavilion as a mock up of a modular housing system developed to provide sustainable housing schemes for populations of up to 200,000 (+ slideshow). Penda, whose first ever project was a proposal for a sculptural bamboo entrance to a flower garden in China, first unveiled its concept for a modular hotel […]

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Casa Invisibile by Delugan Meissl is a low-cost portable house prototype clad in mirrors

The mirrored surfaces of this modular housing unit in Slovenia, by Austrian studio Delugan Meissl, help it to blend in with the surrounding countryside (+ slideshow). Casa Invisibile is a prototypal dwelling developed by Delugan Meissl to confront issues in the modern housing market including soaring prices and the availability of appealing plots. “Casa Invisibile […]

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Zanderroth Architekten designs cb19 apartments without internal walls to create flexible layouts

The apartments in this new Berlin co-housing project by Zanderroth Architekten were designed without the need for load-bearing walls inside, giving the owners flexibility to decide on their own layouts (+ slideshow). The cb19 apartment complex by Berlin-based Zanderroth Architekten comprises two seven-storey buildings that bookend a site in the neighbourhood of Prenzlauer Berg, with […]

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Patrick Dillon’s SaLo House is an off-grid forest dwelling overlooking the Pacific Ocean

Architect Patrick Dillon built this sustainable house on a forested hilltop in Panama from salvaged materials that had to be brought to the site by boat and horseback (+ slideshow). The project to design and build the SaLo House, which is named after its location near the tip of Punta de San Lorenzo, began in 1997 […]

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Triendl und Fessler Architekten plans low-cost family home around a secret courtyard

Triendl und Fessler Architekten has completed an affordable home in an Austrian village, featuring a hole in its centre that provides residents with a secluded garden courtyard (+ slideshow). The Vienna studio designed the property for a family with three children who had requested a low-cost home in the village of Bisamberg, approximately 18 kilometres north of the capital. The building’s lop-sided profile […]

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EFFEKT’s Villa One is a low-cost home designed to suit a growing family

This timber-clad Copenhagen house was designed by local studio EFFEKT to be flexible for a growing family, but also to match the cost of the country’s cheapest kit homes (+ slideshow). Named Villa One, the building was designed by EFFEKT for a developer who owned a vacant suburban plot on the outskirts of the city. His brief […]

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UCLA research lab unveils micro dwelling to help combat affordable housing crisis

Students and faculty members at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) have designed a tiny house to help address the city’s low-cost housing shortage. Encompassing 500 square feet (46 square metres), the Backyard BI(h)OME is designed to contain a bedroom, living room, bathroom, kitchen and dining room. The small property is intended to be erected in a homeowner’s […]

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Kevin Daly Architects builds a low-cost housing community in Santa Monica

The four buildings that make up this affordable housing development in Santa Monica, California, all feature mint-green solar shades on their facades, and are organised around a “starfish-shaped” courtyard (+ slideshow). Kevin Daly Architects developed the Broadway Housing project for a community housing corporation that supports low-income families working in the Westside district of Los Angeles. The […]

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JYA-rchitects develops affordable homes for low-income families in South Korea

Seoul office JYA-rchitects used cheap materials including bubble wrap and corrugated steel sheets to provide an “efficient architectural solution” for a series of low-cost houses in South Korea (+ slideshow). The properties, completed by JYA-rchitects between 2013 and 2014, are located in the country’s southern provinces and were developed in collaboration with non-profit organisation The Child […]

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S-AR’s Casa Caja is a prototype for low-cost homes that can be built by their owners

This low-cost concrete block house outside Monterrey was designed and built by its owners, with support from a non-profit social housing project led by local architecture office S-AR (+ slideshow). Casa Caja is the first property of this type to be completed by the Comunidad Vivex programme, which was initiated by S-AR to combat the […]
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Sigurd Larsen completes low-cost family house in Copenhagen

This small black family house in Copenhagen was designed by Danish architect Sigurd Larsen to be built for a budget of just £95,000 (+ slideshow). Sigurd Larsen, who is based in Berlin, designed the 80-square-metre building as an affordable residence for a family of three, but also as a prototype for low-cost housing in the […]
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