Photographs Jean Marie Monthiers

This project is located at the limit of Pans' central districts, along a railroad track that runs parallel to the peripheral boulevards. The site presented two difficult starting points a limited depth, with a seven meter long wall slanted by the railway's talus, and a single exposed fa ade, the northern one facing Leblanc street (the south fa ade towards the railway allows only secondary openings). The parking space was situated on the ground floor to reduce the presence of the railway's talus...

Rotterdam Holland PhotographsJan Bitter

The project for these two housing blocks has been derived from an operation in the center of Rotterdam, a harbor city with an important social housing tradition. The two towers are placed in a former shopping area. The new bridge works not only as a connection between both sides of the Maas nver, but also as an element that separates both towers introducing a vertical void between them. A glass wedge that introduces a new perspective where the towers appear to float, defying gravity, cancels...

Pamplona Spain Photographs Roland Halbe ARTUR

The building is situated in Mendillorri, an area of new development, which consists mainly of low-density social housing and great amounts of green areas located just outside of Pamplona. Five years after its construction, 5000 dwellings have been built and they are inhabited mainly by young couples. It is now ranked as one of the city's most pleasant * The architect had to deal with a very low budget for subsidized housing sold at an extremely low price. The urban plan had already arranged for...

Collaborator Mario Algarn Comino Photographs Fernando Alda

The scheme for this housing development was the winning entry for a competition arranged by the Public Works and Transport Council of Andalucia's local government. It was subsequently adapted to specific town regulations. Sitting on the main route between Andalucia and Albacete, the town where the complex is located has always had a passing-through character with little identity of its own. However, the project is cut off from the urban center, being located in a newly developed zone which has...

Vienna Austria Photographs Margherita Spiluttini

At the end of the eighties the idea of a second center for Vienna emerged, a plan that had initially grown out of the projected world. The architects Adolf Knschanitz and Heinz Neumann developed the master plan for the new part of the city. On the basis of these givens a selected entry competition for residential buildings in the Donau City was held in 1993. The prize winners developed a joint urban model in which the position of the Mischek Tower was also set down. Delugan-Meissl were...

Paris France Photographs OWogensky

When designing this housing block, Francis Soler reduced construction and services costs by taking maximum advantage of existing building techniques. The architect aspired to create a non-restrictive building solution that would allow for internal movement or displacements in the fa ade once the main decisions had been made. A series of concrete slabs where built floor by floor, without links to walls that would have complicated building schedules. The architect decided to build 48 x 14 meter...

Barcelona Spain PhotographsAlejo Bagu

The building is located at Barcelona's freeway exit toward the Nou Barris district. Its front elevation is aligned with Paseo Valldaura, the main artery of this area of the city in constant renovation (construction of parks, public facilities, social housing, etc.) to solve the usual handicaps of the housing states developed during the 50s and 70s. The neighboring buildings reflect the urban criteria prevailing at the time. Grouped in three 15 story-high towers on each side of the street...

Photographs Fernando Alda

Architecture belongs to its location, which conditions it and makes it unique. The urban network, the topography, which gives it a balcony condition, the insertion in the landscape, as well as the luminosity, and the use of certain materials, are all conditions behind an idea materialized in a set of white houses in a white village, continuing with the vernacular tradition of Andalusia. The complex is composed of 13 houses with a very limited surface, the resolution of which had to suit the...

Photographs Gerhard Hagen ARTUR

This housing complex was the winning project in a design competition open to the whole European Union. The competition brief placed emphasis on the concern that the people had for the environment in which they lived, the community, neighborhood and energy efficiency. Thus, much more than a merely functional house was required. Within an experimental housing program, 28 units with communal facilities were implemented in the northeast part of Bamberg's city center. The program is called An...

Photographs Margherita Spiluttini

Two distinct urban situations characterize the housing project in the 14' arrondissement of Paris on one hand, the blocks facing the Rue des Suisses and the Rue Jonquoy and on the other, the courtyard with high fire walls at the back. Our two apartment building on Rue des Suisses and the Rue Jonquoy are incorporated in the frontage, typical of housing blocks in many Parisian arrondissements. Verticality characterizes the overall design of the relatively homogeneous facades of the adjacent...

Nremberg Germany Photographs Gerhard Hagen ARTUR

The housing estate was built on the grounds of a former slaughter house in Nuremberg, in the context of the project Offensive Zukunft Bayern - Neue Siedlungsmodelle (Approach for the Future Bavaria - New Designs for Urban Areas). A strict structure of the development scheme was the guideline for the design. Differentiated designs were created, thereby relating the social intentions of the estate to architecture. Because every apartment has its own entrance, either directly from the public space...

Deventer Netherlands Photographs Robert Hart Jan Bitter

A mixed-use apartment building was created in the new suburb on the outskirts of Deventer. In keeping with the program requirements, there is a ground floor shopping center encompassing 500 m and a seven story residential complex, which includes 22 apartments and a daycare center. Both the urban and zoning plans made reference to the idea of the lighthouse as the desired image for the future building. The volumetric translation of the program contrasted, however, with this image. The end result...

Photographs Alan Crumlish Photographs

Some of the main goals to be achieved in this project are developed by a great diversity of solutions through flexibility, revaluation of the shape, its building process and construction methods focusing on recycling or the lessons for promoters, insurance company, engineers, etc. with respect to sustainable design as something essential to take into account Flexibility is derived from studying economic and ecological matters and its long-term efficiency a good flexible design must be able to...

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Schink The project is located in the district of Conewitz, Leipzig, and aims at creating a new residential area that adapts to the existing urban context and at the same time provides its surroundings with a contemporary essence. The arrangement of the blocks forms a semi-enclosed patio that sets interesting visual links with the surrounding streets. This conception, related to the city's traditional scheme, creates a strong relationship between the private interior...

Nantes France Photographs Roland Halbe ARTUR

The riverside of the Bras de la Madeleine is a reflection of the erratic urban development of modern times an ungainly juxtaposition of low quality buildings. Towers, huge horizontal blocks from the '60s and 70s, and the worst of private investment's post-modern office and housing buildings all come together to create an unfortunate landscape. Furthermore, some sections of the shoreline still remain untouched. The Magellan islet is formed by an extensive horizontal block of 78 apartments...

Seville Spain Photographs Fernando Alda

During the sixties, the National Institute of Colonization built this settlement in an attempt to exploit the swamp. The town is thus implanted with a regular layout on an unreferenced plain. Towards the north, the balcony of la Bahia on the San Cristobal Sierra overlooks the village. From the road at the foothill of the Sierra, the swamp and the village offer a very beautiful plastic image. To the south, east and west, the honzontality of the dry valley of the Guadalate is the only valuable...

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Longitudinal elevation of the housing building. Four vertical access nuclei, each one servicing three dwellings, compose the standard floor plan. Four vertical access nuclei, each one servicing three dwellings, compose the standard floor plan. Office towers and housing block elevation on the Rue de Rieux Office towers and housing block elevation on the Rue de Rieux

Paris France Photographs Herv Abbadie

La Villette, located in the northeast of Paris, once hosted a great number of slaughterhouses. The area has since been totally transformed due to the construction of an urban park and a museum. The buildings used for the slaughtering process were progressively demolished and replaced by housing and public facilities for the neighborhood. One of these interventions is located between the Saint Martin canal and the Rue de Thionville. shaping a double building with certain unusual aspects for a...

Photographs Christian Richters

Public Housing

The Hollainhof is a social housing complex located in the center of Ghent. The project aims at creating an attractive habitat combining the quality and density of the urban surroundings with privacy and peacefulness. This is achieved by updating the traditional residential type. The result is a complex that fluctuates from public to private, open to closed, large- to small-scale. The dwellings are'grouped in two strips, one of them following the street and the other facing the river. The strips...

Ingolstadt Germany Photographs Stefan Mller Naumann ARTUR

Public Housing Germany

This housing complex is located in the Haunwdrh district of Ingolstadt, to the south of the Danube's reservoir. The site is surrounded on three of its sides by well-communicated roads to the city center. The complex is divided into three buildings with floor plans of different sizes. The parallel disposition of the buildings creates large interior courtyards to be used by all the inhabitants. The dwellings located to the north are accessed from wide enclosed corridors, while on the south side...