adAPT NYC Competition Announces Micro Apartment Winner and Finalists

Winner / Monadnock Development LLC, Actors Fund Housing Development Corporation, and nARCHITECTS; Images via CURBED

In an effort to address housing concerns throughout the city, held the adAPT NYC Competition in search for a micro-unit apartment building that would be developed into a new housing model for the “small household population”.  The winner and five finalists were announced earlier this week, revealing a sharp focus on consolidating various living areas to save space and resolving to give multi-functionality where ever possible.  There is also an emphasis on community in each of the proposals, making up for the small units with more public amenities within the building.  Join us after the break to take a closer look at the projects.

What Cities Can Do with Vacant Lots

Glenwood Green Acres; © Tony Fischer Photography

The bursting of the housing bubble wreaked havoc on cities across the United States causing widespread blight in once-thriving community economies.  Foreclosed, abandoned and condemned homes continue to pockmark neighborhoods and communities, adding to the of populous but affected cities like .  The Mayor’s Office of Philadelphia approximates that there are nearly 40,000 vacant lots throughout the city of brotherly love, about 74% of which are privately owned, making them virtually inaccessible to rehabilitation.  But the city has a strong drive to amend these conditions.  With organizations like DesignPhiladelphia’s “Not a Vacant Lot” and the city’s Redevelopment Authority, some of this land is being put to good use. 

B+U’s Housing Tower Rethinks Window DNA

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Los Angeles based B+U Architects, a design office recognized internationally for its digital techniques and use of new technologies and material resources, is once again pushing the boundaries of architecture and urban design with its Animated Apertures Tower project in Lima, Peru. The conceptual framework for the design arose from a “clear interest in emphasizing an architecture that can exist between nature and technology,” inspired by natural patterns, movements and colors with the overarching goal of creating an “interactive and intelligent building organism”. According to the architects, its design aesthetic embraces incongruence, disruption and deformation rather than homogeneity and parametric smoothness – a common solution in many digital designs that the firm wished to avoid.

More after the break…

Avila Hospital / EACSN

© Miguel de Guzmán

Architects: EACSN
Location: Ávila,
Architects In Charge: Víctor de las Casas, Eduardo Fernández Inglada, Eduardo Merello, Guillermo Merchán
Constructor: Volconsa
Area: 18,655 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Miguel de Guzmán

© Ch. Gregoriou, G. Artopoulos, N. Metoxis and N. Skantzouris
© Ch. Gregoriou, G. Artopoulos, N. Metoxis and N. Skantzouris

Urban Park of Palouriotissa Second Prize Winning Proposal / ECONOMOU + Georgios Artopoulos

In an effort to achieve a more holistic development of Latsia, the participation of socially active, culturally motivated and eager to learn citizens is necessary. Therefore, this second prize winning proposal by ECONOMOU Architects & Engineers + Georgios Artopoulos… was

Toll Plaza / archohm

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Architects: archohm
Location: Narol-Naroda Road, ,
Design Team: Mrs. Rachna Mittal, Mr. Shahzad Ahmad
Principal Architect: Mr. Sourabh Gupta
Client: L&T IDPL Ltd
Area: 3,860 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of archohm

Courtesy of Witteveen+Bos, OKRA, and ZJA
Courtesy of Witteveen+Bos, OKRA, and ZJA

Jaarbeursplein Utrecht Winning Proposal / Witteveen+Bos, OKRA, and ZJA

Witteveen+Bos, OKRA, and ZJA… have recently won the integral design for the Jaarbeursplein Utrecht and the underground parking. Their vision focuses on the realization of the perfect parking concept, with a comfortable, lively, and socially safe city square


© Anton Demidov

Location: Moscow,
Project Authors: Nikita Tokarev, Mary Saxon (Chief Architect), Arseny Leonovich
Project Management: British HigherSchool of Art&Design
Area: 1,100 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Anton Demidov

Courtesy of Henn Architekten
Courtesy of Henn Architekten

MedForCE Medical Research Center Winning Proposal / Henn Architekten

Henn Architekten… shared with us their first prize winning proposal in the architectural competition to design the new medical research center of Münster‘s University Hospital, which is the main facility for the Institute for Microbiology and Hygiene. The new building

Dupont Innovation Centre Russia / Arch group

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Architects: Arch group
Location: , Russia
Design Team: M. Krymov, A. Goryainov, I. Kochuk
Area: 182 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Arch group-Ilya. Ivanov

Fraunhofer-Institute TZA / JSWD Architekten

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Architects: JSWD Architekten
Location: Bartningstraße 47, Darmstadt,
Client: Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, Munich
Area: 2,300 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Felix Krumbholz, Thomas Lewandovski

Courtesy of Orproject
Courtesy of Orproject

Or2 Project Wins Good Design Award / Orproject

Designed by Orproject…, their Or2 project, which is a single surface roof structure that reacts to sunlight, won the 2012 Good Design Award. This award, which is known as the world’s most prestigious, recognized, and oldest Design Awards program,

Agros Headquarters / Rocha Leite Arquitectos Associados

© FG + SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

Architects: Rocha Leite Arquitectos Associados
Location: Póvoa de Varzim,
Architects In Charge: António Rocha Leite, Carla Maria Rocha Leite
Collaborators: Cátia Meirinhos, Pedro Carvalho, Miguel Monteiro, Inês Pimentel
Builder: MSS Construction
Year: 2012
Photographs: FG + SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

The Forest Pavilion / Espacio EMA

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Architects: Espacio EMA
Location: , Jalisco, Mexico
Architecture: Alessandra Cireddu, Carlos M. Hernández
Collaborators: Antonio Ramírez
Construction: Carlos Hernández Bonilla
Landscaping: Cony Lupercio, Juan Pablo Lupercio
Year: 2011
Photographs: Patricia Hernández

House in Travanca / Nelson Resende


Architects: Nelson Resende
Location: ,
Area: 456 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: FG+SG

Congregation House / SAGRA Architects

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Architects: SAGRA Architects
Location: , Hungary
Architect In Charge: Sajtos Gábor
Design Team: Sajtos Gábor, Grand Gabriella, Páll András, Virág Péter, Németh Regina
Year: 2012
Photographs: Szentirmai Tamás

Streeter Residence / Salmela Architect

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Architects: David Salmela Architect
Video: Peter VonDeLinde
Area: 3,000 sqft
Photographs: Peter Bastianelli Kerze

MO House / FRPO

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Architects: FRPO
Location: ,
Design Team: Pablo Oriol, Fernando Rodríguez
Collaborators: Pastora Cotero, Inés Olavarrieta, Cornelius Schmitz, Cristina Escuder
Contractor: Alter Materia, Grupo Singular
Consultants: KLH, Alter Materia, Miguel Nevado
Area: 295 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Miguel de Guzmán