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102 Dwellings in Carabanchel, Spain by Dosmasuno Arquitectos

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Article source: Dosmasuno Arquitectos

Despite the guidelines drawn on the plots, places need to express their own personality, to arise naturally, to construct themselves. And concretely this one is aligned against a green area, against the concatenation of public spaces that link the old Carabanchel district with its forest through the new neighbourhood. In response to these conditions, the dwellings are compressed onto one edge, onto a single linear piece, in search for the genus loci of the place, views and an optimal orientation in which east and west share the south, generating the limit of the activity, soothing the interior and defining the exterior

Image Courtesy Miguel de Guzmán

  • Architects: Dosmasuno Arquitectos
  • Project: 102 Dwellings
  • Location: C/ Valle del Boi, 8, Madrid, Spain
  • Project Architects: Ignacio Borrego, Néstor Montenegro and Lina Toro (dosmasuno arquitectos)
  • Developer: EMVS. Empresa Municipal de la Vivienda y Suelo de Madrid
  • Programme: 52 single dwellings, 35 double dwellings, 15 triple dwellings + 104 parking slots + commercial space
  • Site area: 4446.15 m2
  • Built area: 12277.15 m2
  • Total floor area: 8382.15 m2
  • Stories: 7 (6 + basement)


Muttawar Sustainable Residential Community in Muscat, Oman by Klingmann Architects + Brand Consultants

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Article source: Klingmann Architects + Brand Consultants

In order to balance a respect for history and tradition with the need to create a modern neighborhood, the design takes cues from the regional architecture and builds on the best practices in contemporary architecture. The aspiration for the project is to build a sustainable development that is of high quality while being cost-efficient.

Community is organized by the principles of the Arabic courtyard house

  • Architect: Klingmann Architects + Brand Consultants
  • Name of project: Muttawar Sustainable Residential Community
  • Location: Muscat, Oman
  • Project Area: 64,640 m2
  • Team: Anna Klingmann, Enrique Limon, Simon Lee , Caren Becker, Fidelma Hawney, Ling Zhong
  • Project Scope: Masterplanning, Architectural Design, Landscape Design
  • Project Type: Residential Community with Mixed-Use
  • Client: Global Omani Development & Investment Company

Close-up of gateway – traditional motifs and screens

The community is organized according to the principles of the Arabic courtyard house, a response that is sensitive to the culture and climate of the place. Expanded to a whole self-sustaining community, this vision creates a new type of residential development that has the neighborly feel of a house that has expanded to nurture a new community while balancing the vibrancy of a city in microcosm.

Main entrance gateway into the modern neighborhood

Sustainability is at the core of the architectural expression, encompassing environmental, social, economic and cultural sustainability by preserving traditional crafts and promoting new techniques and technologies. The design of the residential development is small scale, compact and organic, and will comprise locally sourced materials including limestone, marble, and aluminum. It is inherently sustainable through passive means, such as natural ventilation, the use of traditional arcaded spaces and loggias, mashrabiya screens and water features to maximize passive cooling.

Aerial view of sustainable community

Typical modern interior respecting local history and traditions

242 Social Housing Units in Salburúa, Spain by ACXT

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Article source: ACXT

Development of 242 dwellings in the Salburua neighbourhood in Vitoria-Gasteiz.

The plot, in accordance with the criteria established by the town planning, is occupied by a 21 storey-high tower and a continuous U-shaped block with a varying height between four and seven floors. All the front gates of the development are on the ground floor, as well as nine retail units. The two basement floors occupy the whole plot and house the garage, the box-rooms and technical rooms and the rest of the surface is used for council housing.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Aitor Ortiz)

  • Architect: Iñaki Garai Zabala – ACXT
  • Official name of the Project: 242 Social Housing Units in Salburúa
  • Location: Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
  • Client: VISESA Vivienda y Suelo de Euskadi S.A.
  • Project Director: Iñaki Garai Zabala
  • Assistants: José Marcos Cavallero, Ricardo Moutinho, Helena Sá Marques, Oscar Ferreira da Costa, Nuria Perez, Beatriz Pagoaga and Inés López


67 Dwellings in Colmenar Viejo, Madrid, Spain by dosmasunoarquitectos

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

Article source: dosmasunoarquitectos

Flying across the Madrilenian mountains, we chose a hill to land on. Its slope enabled us to establish a visual relationship with the surroundings, gazing Colmenar Viejo, the mountains and Madrid’s metropolitan area in the horizon.

The local topographic and geologic conditions are preserved and used as the main leit-motivs of the intervention. Its rocky, naturally-pitched substratum suggested hovering on top of it instead of altering its original features.


  • Architect: dosmasunoarquitectos
  • Name of Project: 67 Dwellings in Colmenar Viejo
  • Location: Madrid, Spain
  • Client: IVIMA, Comunidad de Madrid
  • Status: Under construction
  • Prize: Competition, 1st Prize


USB Houses in Milano, Italy by Francesco Fiotti

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

Article source: Francesco Fiotti

The project relates to the site simultaneously on three levels: the current context – the P.I.I. “Cascina Merlata” – the potential development area.

Our proposal creates a connection between the ‘fast system’ of via Gallarate and the ‘slow system’ of the park, an idea of continuous and fluid urban space that may extend far beyond the simple boundary of the area. The buildings are arranged parallel to the director of Cascina Merlata, not only to respect its visual scope, but also to ensure the higher permeability to those coming from via Gallarate. The residential units are separated from the ground, bridge building resting on the access units to private residences. The idea is to return the soil to the ‘pawn’.


  • Architect: Francesco Fiotti
  • Name of Project: USB Houses
  • Location: Milano, Italy
  • Architecture: Carmela Scala collaboration with Antonio De Risi, Vincenzo Toscano and Luigia Aliperti
  • Houses area: 19000 mq
  • Type of project: Competition
  • Year: 2010


70°SUD in Billancourt, France by LAN Architecture

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Article source: LAN Architecture

This project, for which the competition occurred in 2008, is the result of a complex transformation process in the city along with a precise economic context.

Located on the former site of the Renault factories in Boulogne-Billancourt, the concerned project is part of the Trapèze Ouest, one of the sector of the operation Ile Seguin-Rives de Seine, amongst the most important emerging centres in Ile-de-France.

Image Courtesy Julien Lanoo

  • Architects: LAN Architecture
  • Project: 70°SUD
  • Location: 3 Allée Robert Doisneau 92100 Boulogne-Billancourt, France
  • Program: 58 housing units
  • Client: NACARAT
  • Project Ownership Assistance: SAEM Val de Seine
  • Cost: € 7, 2 M Excl. VAT
  • Built up Area: 4639 m²
  • Completion: Nov. 2011
  • Team: LAN Architecture (lead architect), COTEC (all-trades engineers), LEAU (Environmental AMO)


Boréal in France by Tetrarc Architectes

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Article source: Tetrarc Architectes

Tétrarc has created 39 social housing shapes as 11 “Houses” gathered side by side. The resultant continuous volume describes a light 21 degrees inflexion on its half, creating two distinct households. As the first one contains 6 rental houses, the second one is dedicated to the 5 sold houses. In order to optimize the space for living rooms without increasing reference surface areas each housing is organized around a nucleus made of a kitchen, a bathroom, toilets, and a staircase for duplex apartments. In the same purpose, accesses to the housings are located outside the building as an unexpected & playful iconic element.

Image Courtesy Stéphane Chalmeau

  • Architects: Tetrarc Architectes
  • Project: Boréal
  • Location: France
  • Client: HABITAT 44
  • Engineering: HAYS fluides, SETEB économie, IBA structure
  • Surface: 2880 m² SHON
  • Cost: 3,64 M€ HT
  • Mission: Conception + partial execution
  • Calendar: Study_2007 / Completion_2011


Hallway House in Beijing, China by NL Architects

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Article source: NL Architects

‘Housing with a Mission’ – Affordable Housing for the Ants Tribe NAi and VANKE, Huilongguan, Beijing 2011

The Dutch Architecture institute (NAi) together with Housing Corporation VANKE has organized a Sino-Dutch collaboration in social housing. Five Chinese and five Dutch architecture firms have created new concepts for high-quality affordable housing on a site in Huilongguan, Beijing.

Hallway House

  • Architects: NL Architects
  • Project: Hallway House
  • Location: Huilongguan, Beijing, China
  • NAi matchmaking program: Housing with a mission – Affordable Housing for the Ant Tribe; Huilongguan, Beijing 2011
  • Client: NAi (Ole Bouman) together with VANKE Beijing
  • NL Architects: Pieter Bannenberg, Walter van Dijk, Kamiel Klaasse
  • Collaborators: Guus Peters with Mindaugas Glodenis, Gerbrand van Oostveen, Giulia Pastore, Arminas Sadzevičius


La Casa Permanent Supportive Housing in Washington, D.C. by Studio Twenty Seven Architecture

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

Article source: Studio Twenty Seven Architecture

Studio Twenty Seven Architecture, along with joint venture partner Leo A. Daly, is developing a design for the District-owned “La Casa” supportive housing project. The project is an important milestone for the District in its efforts to redefine the concept of housing for the homeless community. Rather than function as a shelter, the “La Casa” project will provide permanent, supportive housing for forty men. Each living unit is designed as a single-person efficiency that will provide stability and predictability for the tenants as they immerse themselves in day to day living.

Exterior view


Savonnerie Heymans Par in Brussels,Belgium by MDW Architecture

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

Article source: MDW Architecture

The Savonnerie Heymans complex won the MIPIM Award 2011 in the Residential developments category.

Brussels, March 16, 2012 – On the 6,500m² site of a former soap factory less than half a mile from the Grand’Place, the social housing project creates a real “village” of 42 sustainable accommodations of different types including studios, 1 to 6-bedroom apartments, lofts, duplexes and Maisonettes. Although a 100% public housing scheme, thanks to the diversity of its program the Savonnerie Heymans provides a variety of spaces echoing the diversity of the people living in the very heart of Brussels. Glass-enclosed bio-climatic loggias characterize the entire complex, providing an effective acoustical and thermal barrier but also providing a sense of privacy.

Image Courtesy Olivia Noel

  • Architect:  MDW ARCHITECTURE (Xavier De Wil, Marie Moignot, Gilles Debrun)
  • Project: Savonnerie Heymans Par
  • LOCATION : Brussels, Belgium
  • Structure:  SETESCO, Waterman TCA
  • CLIENT : CPAS Bruxelles
  • PROGRAM : Housing
  • STATUS : Completion 2011
  • M&E:  MK Engineering
  • Acoustics: ATS
  • Project Manager & QS:  FORUM
  • Technical Control:  SECO
  • Contractors:  CFE, M&M Sitty


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