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Saturday, May 10th, 2014


In Toulouse, near the airport and the river Garonne.

A housing development that seeks to optimize the living conditions of each of its cells. The whole is broken down to prioritize the meeting with the domestic rather than insisting on the abstraction of the idea.

Image Courtesy ©  Adrià Goula

Image Courtesy © Adrià Goula

  • Architects: MATEO ARQUITECTURA (Josep Lluís Mateo)
  • Project: DWELLINGS
  • Location: TOULOUSE, FRANCE
  • Photography: Adrià Goula
  • Client: KAUFMAN & BROAD
  • Project: 2011-2012
  • Construction: 2012-2013
  • Surface: 13.628 m2
  • Structural Engineering: BOMA Inpasa
  • Landscape: Manuel Colominas


Parkrand in Amsterdam, Netherlands by MVRDV

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Article source: MVRDV

‘Buurt 9’ forms part of the garden cities west of Amsterdam. It consists of 174 standard small housing units, located in three L-shaped buildings and positioned next to a small park. The new design relocates the housing into one compact but impressive volume and regains more space for the park.

Image Courtesy © MVRDV

Image Courtesy © MVRDV

  • Architects: MVRDV (Isabel Pagel)
  • Project: Parkrand
  • Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands


Rehabilitation of a Quarter in the historic center of Lagos – 13 Houses in Algarve, Portugal by Vitor Vilhena Architects

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Article source: Vitor Vilhena Architects

The building is located in the historical center of Lagos, Rua do Jardim, Rua General Alberto da Silveira, Rua Dr. Júlio Dantas and Travessa da Coroa.

It adjoins the four streets, with fronts built in all the above mentioned streets, forming a quarter.

The existing buildings, were very degraded, without possibility of adaptation.

Image Courtesy ©  João Morgado

Image Courtesy © João Morgado

  • Architects: Vitor Vilhena Architects  (Michael Vieira, Liliana Sequeira, Mario Espinha)
  • Project: Rehabilitation of a Quarter in the historic center of Lagos – 13 Houses
  • Location: Algarve, Portugal
  • Photography: João Morgado
  • Date of project: 2011
  • Date of completion: 2012
  • Status: built
  • Building area: 2605.00 m2
  • Plot area: 879.50 m2
  • Client: Santos da Terra, Real Estate Investments
  • Cost: 390.000 €


3XN to design housing in Vienna

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Article source: 3XN

The building is located in Vienna’s sensitive and historic city center thus the design required a considerate adaptation to the adjacent historical buildings.

Jan Ammundsen, Architect, Partner and responsible for the design says: ‘We have created a building that in terms of its volume ,materiality and color scheme elements fit into the historic surroundings but through an expressive design with its curved façade the building has its own identity and creates an urban space for city life.’

Image Courtesy © 3XN

Image Courtesy © 3XN

  • Architects: 3XN
  • Project: housing
  • Location: Vienna, Austria
  • Client: JP Immobilien
  • Function: Housing, urban space, basement parking
  • Gross floor area: 16.000 m2


Bud Clark Commons in Portland, Oregon by Holst Architecture

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Article source: Holst Architecture

Project Overview

As a centerpiece of Portland’s Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness, Bud Clark Commons (BCC) represents a new approach to providing dignified housing and comprehensive services to help those experiencing homelessness. Funded by a combination of low-income housing tax credits, urban renewal funding, and HUD stimulus dollars, the project sets a new standard by combining permanent supportive housing and temporary shelter with a community resource center.

Dusk view of Bud Clark Commons from southwest. - Photo Credit: Christian Columbres

Dusk view of Bud Clark Commons from southwest. – Photo Credit: Christian Columbres

Located at the gateway to downtown Portland near historic Union Station, BCC sits between the Pearl District, an upper-income mixed-use neighborhood, and Old Town/Chinatown, a district undergoing an unprecedented level of redevelopment. The LEED Platinum project achieves a perceivable balance between the rigorous programmatic requirements of a coalition led by the City of Portland, a progressive design approach, and sustainable building practices.

The project’s mission is to provide a continuum of services to help transition homeless individuals toward stable, permanent living arrangements. The architecture helps achieve this goal in the expression of both form and function: a walk-in day center with public courtyard and access to services; a 90-bed temporary shelter; and a separate and secure entrance to 130 efficient, furnished studio apartments for homeless men or women seeking permanent housing with support services.

  • Architects: Holst Architecture
  • Project: Bud Clark Commons
  • Location: Portland, Orego
  • Photography: SkyShots,  Sally Schoolmaster, PAE Consulting Engineers and Holst Architecture
  • Project Owner: Home Forward
  • Project Completion Date: June, 2011
  • Project Category: New Construction
  • Project Site: Brownfield Site
  • Project Site Context/Setting: Urban
  • Building or Project Gross Floor Area: 106,000 square feet
  • Other Building Description: New
  • Hours of Operation: 24/7
  • Total project cost at time of completion, land excluded: $28,750,000.00


Bourbon Lane in London, U.K by Cartwright Pickard Architects

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Article source: Cartwright Pickard Architects.

This project was won in an international design competition to develop best practice in affordable housing. It has gathered many accolades and awards from the RIBA, Civic Trust and Housing Design awards amongst others, and has achieved Gold Building For Life Standard.

Image Courtesy © Cartwright Pickard Architects

Image Courtesy © Cartwright Pickard Architects

  • Architects: Cartwright Pickard Architects
  • Project: Bourbon Lane
  • Location: London, U.K
  • Client: Octavia Housing
  • Completion: 2007
  • Area: 6,861 m2
  • Value: £11,700,000
  • Cost per m2: £1,707

Performance Standards

  • Gold Building for Life
  • Eco Homes Very Good

Services Provided

  • Architectural design
  • Modular construction


  • RIBA Regional Award
  • Civic Trust Special Award for Housing
  • Housing Design Award
  • British Homes Awards – SpecialCommendation
  • Structural Steel Design Award -Commendatio


118 Subsidized dwellings, offices, retail spaces and garage in Coslada, Spain by amann cánovas maruri

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

Article source: amann cánovas maruri

Located in a recently redeveloped area in the industrial town of Coslada, close to Madrid, the project is born of the arrangement between different uses and different height levels: underground parking, offices and commercial uses from the public ground floor to the public raised space on the third floor platform, and from this level residential spaces: it is a hybrid building in the periphery.

Image Courtesy © David Frutos

Image Courtesy © David Frutos

  • Architects: amann cánovas maruri
  • Project: 118 Subsidized dwellings, offices, retail spaces and garage
  • Location: Coslada, Spain
  • Photography: David Frutos
  • Software used: Autocad and 3dsmax.
  • Design: Basic design: 2005-2006
  • Enginering: Start of construction: 2010
  • Begining of the construction: Weekend work: 2012
  • Design team: Beatriz Amann, Mauro Bravo, Javier Gutiérrez,Patricia Lucas, Ana López, Pablo Sigüenza, Rafael Marcos, Carlos Ríos
  • Promoter: EMVICOSA, Municipal Housing Coslada
  • Contractor: ETOSA. SA
  • Client: EMVICOSA, Municipal Housing Coslada
  • Field architects: Andrés Canovas y Nicolás Maruri.
  • Cost: 8,723,254 €
  • Structures: Mecanismo / Florentino Regalado
  • Enginering: S. L. Internal Conditions
  • Interior Designer: Atxu Amann, Andrés Cánovas, Nicolás Maruri
  • Models: Beatrice Amann, Mauro Bravo, Patricia Lucas, Carlos Rios


111 HOMES in Larrein Salburua, Spain by Roberto Ercilla Architecture

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Article source: Roberto Ercilla Architecture

A U-shaped volumetry is planned for the initial layout.

Three excavations are to be done on corners. As they will break down the initial volume, they will allow more sunlight and comfort for the patio.

The south-facing garden area presides as the community centre.

Image Courtesy © Roberto Ercilla Architecture

  • Architects: Roberto Ercilla Architecture
  • Project: 111 HOMES
  • Location: Larrein Salburua, Spain
  • Photography:
  • Awards: 1st Prize Competition Extension 21
  • Customer: EBA Construcciones S. L.
  • Technical Architect: Amaia Vasallo
  • Collaborators: Iñaki Ciganda, Raquel Ochoa, Marina Anda, Vanesa Otaduy, Mamen Orbañanos, Eduardo Martín, Amaiba Ineniería
  • Construction Company: Construcciones San José Group EBA
  • Surfaces: 16,411 m²
  • Budget: € 8,743,478

219 Social Housing in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain by Francisco Mangado

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

Article source: Francisco Mangado

The proposal aims at rationalizing as much as possible the urban occupation as well as the resulting schemes. This project elevates the principle of efficiency to architectural category, a principle that is considered essential when it comes to dealing with subsidized and social housing projects, because it affects not only those decisions regarding layout or typology, but also the architectural projection and design.

Image Courtesy © Pedro Pegenaute

  • Architects: Francisco Mangado
  • Project: 219 Social Housing
  • Location: Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
  • Photography: Pedro Pegenaute
  • Budget: 18.850.535 €
  • Competition: 2005 First prize competition.
  • Project: 2006
  • Construction: 2010
  • Client: Jaureguizar Promoción y Gestión Inmobiliaria S.L.
  • Design Team: José Gastaldo. Idoia Alonso. Carlos Urzainqui
  • Structural engineering: Forjanor
  • Installations engineering: CEISL Ingeniería. Ángel Martínez
  • Quantity surveyor: José Mª Bilbao Elguezabal
  • Contractor: Jaureguizar Promoción y Gestión Inmobiliaria S.L.

Aquitanis community housing- 36 apartments in Floirac, France by marjan hessamfar & joe vérons associés architectes

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Article source: marjan hessamfar & joe vérons  associés architectes

« Rives de Gravette » is a 36 apartment and business premises development situated on a hillside in the lower part of Floirac. Its construction marks the beginning of urban renewal in the area.

In this housing estate, clean-lined and modernised iconic shapes of a house and of a block of apartments are simply interconnected.

South facing view on the « avenue de la Libération », Image Courtesy © Arthur Pequin photography

  • Architects: marjan hessamfar & joe vérons  associés architectes
  • Project: Aquitanis community housing- 36 apartments
  • Location: Floirac, France
  • Photography: Arthur Pequin photography
  • Completion: September 2013
  • Strategy: French THPE (very high energy efficiency)
  • Client: Aquitanis
  • Structural engineers: OTCE
  • Landscape architect: SIGNE
  • Construction costs: €4 390 000 excl VAT
  • Area 3753 m² GEA
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