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

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...