atelier du pont - Social Housing Development in the Parisian Suburbs Print E-mail
Tuesday, 30 November 2010 08:47
A project of 34 housing units on an island site bordered by a gymnasium, a school and suburban housing, on avenue Henri Barbusse, along with a low-cost housing development from the 50s marked for demolition.

Social-Housing-06The challenge here for the lessor is to rehouse 34 families close to their old district within a scenario of wholly revamped housing, clearly departing from the typical ‘Banlieu’ social housing.

Largely due to its double-pitched roof, the project looks like a large house, a clear departure from the typical French suburban housing developments. Avoiding the mistakes of the housing projects from past decades, the dimensions of this development are brought down to scales within the grasp and control of its inhabitants.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 May 2011 11:06
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Morphogenesis - The Uttorayon Township in Siliguri, West Bengal Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 09 November 2010 09:36
Morphogenesis-Uttorayon-01Uttorayon Township is a 400 acre development on a non productive Tea Estate in Siliguri, West Bengal. The guiding objective of the project was to create a model for low cost development in India which enhances community while respecting the environment.

Siliguri is in a unique position today; Trade links are flourishing and the city is benefitting significantly from its strategic location as the gateway to the northeast. Investments are being maintained at high levels with continuing opportunities, growing prosperity and secure incomes. Accompanying these changes is a desire for improvements in the built environment and in the general quality of houses, schools, hospitals and other socio-cultural facilities.

One of the major challenges of current critical thought on housing is that of generating a residential space, not only from the required technical and spatial reformulation of the ‘built’, but also from the investigation of new urban orders. The key concept that is explored for the planning and design of this development is the formulation of a new urban system addressing issues of settlement identity, dynamic and flexible infrastructure, landscape and open space distribution, and perceptual paradigms. The Uttorayon Township project strives to address these very issues and generate a development that may serve as a model for future such developments.
Last Updated on Thursday, 25 November 2010 11:19
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Allford Hall Monaghan Morris Architects - Adelaide Wharf Print E-mail
Tuesday, 11 May 2010 07:07

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Adelaide Wharf is a mixed tenure housing scheme comprising 147 new homes and 650 sq m of workspace. Located on the Regent’s Canal in Hackney, a key regeneration area of London.

The developper has created sustainable, adaptable homes set within a safe environment with communal facilities for all residents. The scheme is the first to be delivered as part of English Partnerships’ London-Wide Initiative (LWI) with a mix of privately sold and socially rented apartments.

There is no visible differentiation between tenures and all of the homes are built and managed to the same high specification. Adelaide Wharf combines sophisticated urban intervention, emerging efficient construction technologies and the latest thinking in residential development.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 May 2010 09:38
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C. F. Møller Architects - Siloetten: Converts a Former Grain Silo Into a Housing Tower Print E-mail
Wednesday, 28 April 2010 06:54

CFMoller_Siloetten-01Many towns in Denmark have centrally located industrial silos; most are no longer in use, but continue to visually dominate the local skyline.

This is also the case in the town of Løgten north of Aarhus, where the former silo complex has been transformed into a 'rural high-rise', with 21 high-quality residences composed as individual and unique 'stacked villas'.

They are an alternative to standard apartments or to detached suburban sprawl, and are a mix of single storey flats and maisonettes, meaning that even the lower levels fully get to enjoy the views, and that no two flats are the same.

The actual silo contains staircases and lifts, and provides the base of a common roof terrace. Around the tower, the apartments are built up upon a steel structure in eye-catching forms which protrude out into the light and the landscape – a bit like Lego bricks.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 November 2010 16:15
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Steven Holl Architects - Linked Hybrid Building Complex in Beijing Print E-mail
Tuesday, 23 March 2010 06:07

Steven_Holl_hybrid_01 Steven Holl Architects’ Linked Hybrid stands out as one of the most innovative projects to   be completed in the past couple of years. Inspired by the traditional polychromatic Chinese architecture, as well as the urban layout of older Beijing neibourhoods developed prior to the 1980s, the architects have designed a modern alternative to the current trend of individualistic urban towers. Here, a strong urban fabric is weaved on the ground as well as on the upper floors where a new public space is implemented within a ring that bridges all the towers together. In this small city, no building is an island.

With over 600 apartments sited adjacent to the old city wall of Beijing,   one of the central aims of this Hybrid Building complex is the creation of a new urban space; around, over and through multifaceted spatial layers.  The aspiration of the developer Modern Group is for an ultra-modern expression of 21st Century ecological urban living, within the 210,000 square meter that form thte project.

Current development in Beijing is almost entirely individualistic “object buildings” such as freestanding towers. As an alternative,   Linked Hybrid is conceived as a “city within a city”. It envisions the urban space as its central core, integrating the activities and programs that can support the daily life of over 2500 inhabitants: café’s, delis, laundry, dry cleaners, florists etc, line the main public passages.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 March 2011 10:39
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Atelier Du Pont – Social Housing Complex in Rennes, France Print E-mail
Saturday, 09 January 2010 10:02

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The Lucien Rose complex, for the City of Rennes, includes 81 social housing units along with 1 public library. The original project was an initiative of Edmond Herve, Mayor of Rennes from 1977 to 2008. The design by architecture firm ‘Atelier du Pont’ reconciles the vocation of the project with perceptual identity of the neighboring area, that has historically belonged to the city’s more prosperous inhabitants: the downtown Thabor Botanical Gardens district.

The project could have degenerated in old trends from the distant past – a sort of ‘ghetto‘ where the poorer classes took over ‘posh’ neighborhoods but it has resulted in a happy marriage instead. An alchemy between radicalism and social integration, the old and the new, protected areas and sympathetic town planning, public facilities and social housing, the Lucien-Rose story is one of reciprocal enhancement for users and employees of the park and the library, and for old and new residents.

All photos © Luc Boegly

Last Updated on Saturday, 09 January 2010 10:44
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Project Orange - Whitecross Street, London, UK Print E-mail
Friday, 08 January 2010 07:31

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The site is in joint ownership between two brothers. Project Orange were approached with a tripartite brief; to redevelop the rear of the site to create a new family home, to upgrade and renovate the buildings onto the street and convert them into rental apartments, and to retain and renovate the existing ground floor business use to 115, extending it into 117 (taking over a café premises on a leasehold).


The client’s aim was to minimise disruption to trade of the office during building work. The private house should offer almost 3 times the floor area of the existing, and the new apartments provide the maximum rental income achievable from the site.

 

Photographs by Gareth Gardner

 

 

Last Updated on Friday, 08 January 2010 08:07
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Morphosis FLOAT House: How It Works Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 December 2009 14:54

While the first Post about the FLOAT House introduced the project's concept and evolution, this article looks into the way the house works, and sheds more light on the Architect's vision.

The FLOAT House sits on a raised four-foot base, which has been reconceived as a high performance “chassis” – a prefabricated module, made from polystyrene foam coated in glass fiber reinforced concrete, which hosts all of the essential equipment to supply power, water and fresh air.

The chassis is engineered to support a range of home configurations. In the event of flooding, the chassis acts as a raft, allowing the house to rise vertically on guide posts, securely floating up to twelve feet as water levels rise. While not designed for occupants to remain in the home during a hurricane, this innovative structure aims to minimize catastrophic damage and preserve the homeowner’s investment in their property. This approach also allows for the early return of occupants in the aftermath of a hurricane or flood.
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Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 December 2009 15:16
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Morphosis FLOAT House for the Make It Right Foundation Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 December 2009 13:46

Morphosis_MIR_01Last October, was the public unveiling of the the first floating house for Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation in New Orleans. The project was designed and developed by Morphosis Architects, under the direction of renowned architect and UCLA Professor Thom Mayne.

The FLOAT House is a new model for flood-safe, affordable and sustainable housing that is designed to float securely with rising water levels. The architects have sent us a generous amount of information that we are sharing within this article with our readers.


Mayne led a team from Morphosis Architects and graduate students from UCLA Architecture and Urban Design in this innovative housing project to help with the rebuilding of the Lower Ninth Ward post-Hurricane Katrina. The concept emerged from a study of the flooding record, social and cultural history of the city, and the ecology of the Mississippi Delta. Morphosis and UCLA’s collaboration on the research, development, design, and construction of the FLOAT House is exemplary of their shared goals to engage students in real-world design for social impact.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 May 2010 09:58
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