Parasitic extensions to Paris apartment building could reduce energy consumption

Our latest Dezeen x MINI Living video features a proposal by Malka Architecture to improve the energy efficiency of a Parisian apartment building, by attaching boxy, parasitic extensions to its exterior. Titled Plug-in City 75, the proposal would see parasitic cubes mounted onto the facade of a building in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, extending the floor plates

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Parasitic pods attached to buildings could house New York’s homeless

Our latest Dezeen x MINI Living video features a proposal by creative agency Framlab to house the homeless population of New York in parasitic pods attached to the outside of existing buildings. The hexagonal modules have been designed for easy and inexpensive assembly, and would be slotted into scaffolding structures affixed to windowless facades around the city.

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Framlab proposes parasitic hexagonal pods to sleep New York’s homeless

New York’s empty walls could be covered with honeycomb-like clusters of pods to house the city’s growing homeless population, as part of this proposal by creative agency Framlab. Oslo and New York City-based Framlab developed the Homed scheme in response to the growing number of people sleeping rough in New York City, which has risen by

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10 parasitic dwellings that cling to other buildings

Parasitic structures rely on a host building for support or services. Here’s 10 of the best examples, including experimental housing for the homeless, a secluded artist’s studio and a house-shaped wooden hut affixed to the side of a hotel. Manifest Destiny, US, by Mark Reigelman and Jenny Chapman To push the boundaries of where an urban dweller

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Fernando Abellanas suspends micro studio beneath a bridge in Valencia

Valencian designer Fernando Abellanas has created a secluded studio for himself, which hangs from the underside of a concrete bridge in his hometown. Find out more about the micro studio ›

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Fernando Abellanas hangs secret studio under a bridge in Valencia

Self-taught designer Fernando Abellanas has installed a covert studio beneath a graffiti-covered bridge in the Spanish city of Valencia, making use of the concrete infrastructure to form a roof and walls for the hideaway. Abellanas, who designs furniture and lighting under the studio name Lebrel, created the small timber- and metal-framed hut in just two weeks. He prefers not to reveal its

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Toronto’s CN Tower reimagined as residential high-rise covered in wooden pods

Clusters of parasitic apartment units cling to the sides of the CN Tower in this conceptual proposal by Toronto studio Quadrangle. The modular wooden residences would nestle between the giant concrete fins of the 553-metre-tall communications tower – one of the world’s tallest, and a major tourist attraction. “Quadrangle saw an opportunity to reinvigorate the

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Derelict Mexico City home becomes mixed-use venue thanks to steel and concrete intervention

Mexico City architects Francisco Pardo and Julio Amezcua have added an architectural “prosthesis” on top of a dilapidated brick residence to turn the building into offices and a co-working space. The 19th-century house is located at Havre 77, in the central Juárez neighbourhood of the Mexican capital, just south of the Paseo de la Reforma

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Micro dwelling by All(zone) could be erected within abandoned towers

Chicago Architecture Biennial 2015: Bangkok studio All(zone) has conceived a small temporary home intended to be set up inside unfinished high-rise buildings in tropical cities (+ movie). The project, called Light House, is featured in the Chicago Architecture Biennial, which opened on 3 October and continues to 3 January 2016. Encompassing 11.5 square metres, the boxy micro […]

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James Furzer to crowdfund parasitic sleeping pods for London’s homeless

Architectural designer James Furzer has a developed a modular homeless shelter that would hang off the sides of existing buildings, and launched a campaign on crowdfunding platform Indiegogo to finance a prototype. Called Homes for the Homeless, the project was devised by Furzer – an architectural technician for British firm Spatial Design Architects – to provide temporary shelter for some of […]

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Metal-clad power plant by Tzannes Associates is mounted on the roof of an old Sydney brewery

These three zinc-cloaked towers form a power plant on the roof of an old beer brewery in Sydney, which will supply energy to a new housing and shopping complex on the site below (+ slideshow). Local studio Tzannes Associates designed the plant to provide hot and cold water as well as electricity for over 2,200 apartments that will be […]

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Foliage-clad pavilion by Adam-Faiden creates a home on a disused roof

Architecture studio Adamo-Faiden has transformed the vacant roof of a 15-storey block in Buenos Aires into a home for a young couple, by installing a glazed pavilion-like structure surrounded by plants (+ slideshow). The upper level of Piñeiro House, a block in the city’s Recoleta neighbourhood, was one of the thousands of underused flat rooftops on residential buildings in the […]

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Claridge Architects inserts timber-clad house behind north London mansion block

Diagonal strips of timber clad this single-storey addition to a Hampstead apartment block, which also features a rooftop garden that can be used by neighbouring residents (+ slideshow). London studio Claridge Architects designed the wooden house, named Oak Hill, for the grounds of a Victorian mansion block in north London. The residence takes the place of a grassy mound […]

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City rooftop cabin offers an alternative to the primitive forest hut

Architects Panos Dragonas and Varvara Christopoulou believe there is no longer anywhere remote enough to build a wilderness hideaway, so have instead proposed a cabin raised above the Athens rooftops. As the world becomes increasingly urbanised, and digital mapping extends across deserts and jungles, there can be no more unexplored corners of the globe for a […]
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