This small residential block on a gap site in the heart of Madrid’s old town conceals behind its modest outward appearance an ambitious approach to sustainable construction. The building integrates naturally into the urban fabric thanks to its size a
This bush-hammered concrete volume is organized around two spiral staircases ascending in opposite directions, located between two thick walls of services and storage; the rest of the dwelling becomes a flexible space...
Different linear elements configure the olympic area: paths, walls, corridors, a pavilion, athletic track... lines in motion that contrast with the mat-building in which small individual rooms are interspersed with communal spaces...
This six-story building is conceived as a collective place. A core of communications and kitchens/bathrooms divides the space in two. The ground level contains kitchen, dining room, a shared courtyard, and the bedrooms on the top floors...
Part of a large-scale urban transformation project, this intervention is a response to the post-apartheid generation’s desire to introduce and adopt new models for living. Rising on a triangular plot of land, the building is formed by 140 shipping co
The project arose from an initiative of neighbors to collectively address their need for access to housing through a cooperative organized on a right-of-use basis. Large communal spaces within the building serve to foster goodwill among the inhabitan
The idea of raising this apartment block came after four friends, with ages between 55 and 65 and living in Lucerne, decided to build a second residence in which to spend periods of time and also with sights set on retiring in Barcelona, a city they
With 80 floors and 306 in height, the tower is a clearly articulated building that differentiates the commercial units at lower levels from the apartments above. The structural frame is expressed on the facade, becoming a distinctive addition to the
These temporary dwellings in the Catalonian capital’s old quarter form the first building raised under the auspices of Barcelona City Hall’s APROP program for provisional housing. Carried out jointly by the Catalan firms straddle3 and Yaiza Terré est
This is a project that appears on the seashore, near a preexistence of a protected smokestack from the beginning of the 20th century, that informs us of the industrial activity in that area, at that time the industrial outskirts of Málaga. Pairs of i
The old textile complex is being recovered to join the Barcelona Art Factories network, adding 28,000 m² of public space and, for the first time in this type of intervention, of social housing. Built in 1905 to store thread, the warehouse is 100x15
The residential building that the Madrid-based trio Arenas Basabe Palacios has raised in the Spanish capital’s Salamanca neighborhood has two different faces: towards the street it presents a classical tripartite composition soberly regulated by pref
A sensitive interpretation of the genius loci: this is how one could describe the social housing developent that the studio Oliver, Reina, Martín, Moyà & Garcías has executed in Son Gotleu, one of the poorest, most vulnnerable among the neighborhoods
In the 1920s, leaders of the modern avant-garde gathered at the International Congresses of Modern Architecture (CIAM) coined a word to refer to all the basic needs of a house: Existenzminimum, or ‘minimal existence.’ The term did not take root at on
530 Dwellings in Bordeaux Refurbishing the collective housing constructions built during the boom of the 1950s and 1960s is one of the main problems in European cities. A problem that, faced with common sense and talent, can lead to projects that are
Four couples who are friends agreed to be the developers and users of a block containing five dwellings and a sequence of spaces for communal use and interaction. This was the story behind the building that Thomas Lussi and Lola Domènech have raised
A rigorous volume breaks up into three parts in order to implant itself on the site with delicacy. This is the residential project that came about through a 2013 competition won by Amann, Cánovas, and Maruri of Temperaturas Extremas – in collaboratio
As the Munch Museum in Olso nears completion, Madrid-based Estudio Herreros – in collaboration with the Norwegian firm MIM-A – has finished a residential block in Sant Boi de Llobregat (Barcelona). Offering a mixture of free-market and price-regulate
It is difficult to name a country where the modern program of social reform and hygienization through housing has been as strong as in France. In the 1920s, Le Corbusier declared architecture to be a crucial instrument in addressing societal ills Arc
deFlat Kleiburg Residential Complex The renovation of the deFlat Kleiburg residential complex in Amsterdam, by the Dutch firms NL Architects and XVW architectuur, has won the biennial Mies van der Rohe Award. The other four finalists were: the Ely Co
Preserving the character of natural landscapes constitutes one of the challenges being addressed by builders of the 21st century, including the members of the Chinese firm MAD Architects, led by Ma Yansong, Qun Dang, and Yosuke Hayano and working mai
The endeavor to improve the typology and energy properties of obsolete buildings, whilst preserving their formal virutes, defines an altogether new way of regarding heritage.