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Which Are The Most Used Materials in Social Housing?

06:00 - 16 October, 2017
Which Are The Most Used Materials in Social Housing?, © Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal
© Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal

Choice of building materials and the inherent continuous reflection about the reach and capabilities of architecture are an interesting alternative way to approach this issue. The materials used in social housing should address local and economic possibilities and the real needs for access to housing in the contemporary context.

In this article, we analyze different projects published on our site to identify some of the predominant materials used in social housing, both for the formation of structures or enclosures. The intentions of this are two-fold: firstly, to create a worldwide panorama of different case studies with different construction styles from a range of geographical locations, and secondly, to provide inspiration and tools to architects to make better social housing.

Below we present 15 social housing projects and their diverse materials and construction styles.

Method in Modular: 10 Floor Plans Using Shipping Container Architecture

08:00 - 3 September, 2017
Method in Modular: 10 Floor Plans Using Shipping Container Architecture, Photographs: Lorena Darquea Schettini - Rubén Rivera Peede - Chris Cooper - Bartosz Kolonko - Pablo Errázuriz - Pablo Sarabia. Image
Photographs: Lorena Darquea Schettini - Rubén Rivera Peede - Chris Cooper - Bartosz Kolonko - Pablo Errázuriz - Pablo Sarabia. Image

Shipping container architecture has developed its own niche in both design and representation. Colorful or grungy? Economical or gentrified? Either way, you look at it, designing with shipping containers is a serious exercise in modular planning. The physical constraints of the object make designing projects with containers a complex task, which demands specific studies in spatial organization.

The responses using this element in architecture are great and diverse, so we have selected a number of different project plans, both helpful and inspirational, that rise to the shipping container-challenge of design.

Check out selection of 10 architectural project plans using shipping containers below:

10 Projects That Feature Striking Steel Trusses

06:00 - 27 July, 2017
10 Projects That Feature Striking Steel Trusses

Understanding the structural aspects of architecture is an inherent task of the architect; sufficient structural knowledge allows designers to propose ideas such as large structural elements which offer an interesting response to a project's needs.

Steel trusses are an example of such a response, which demonstrate an ability to define spaces and structures that are truly complex and interesting.

Below is a list of 10 inspirational projects that use metal trusses as an essential element of design.

See How This Lightweight, Collapsible Aluminum Structure is Built

06:00 - 6 July, 2017
See How This Lightweight, Collapsible Aluminum Structure is Built, © Mrigank Sharma
© Mrigank Sharma

The geometric design of the 'Protostar Pavilion' for the launch of the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class is a morphological response associated with the iconic brand logo: a three-pointed star.

The project is a removable metal pavilion, made up of a series of folded aluminum plates that besides generating a light structure, allow for a quick and easy construction. 

© Mrigank Sharma © Mrigank Sharma © Mrigank Sharma © Mrigank Sharma + 18

15 Details of Metal Structures and Facades for Residential Projects

09:00 - 23 November, 2016
15 Details of Metal Structures and Facades for Residential Projects

The use of steel in both the past and present is mainly associated with the success of grand industrial and civic structures. But due to the commercialization and standardization of steel profiles, its use in residential projects (thanks to its mechanical properties and fast installation) has resulted in complex and interesting solutions on a domestic scale.

Dive into these 15 construction details from residential projects that have made use of steel structures and cladding. 

20 Details of Stunning Small-Scale Structures

08:00 - 17 November, 2016
20 Details of Stunning Small-Scale Structures

Throughout history, simple structures have constituted one of the most common forms of human expression. Small-scale housing, shelters, and viewpoints have been shaped by myriad materials that effectively created - depending on the techniques used - different forms of response to the same need.

Here is a compilation of 20 small-scale projects that stand out due to their small size and their simple, practical structures.

Boeing Develops World's Lightest Metal

14:05 - 9 November, 2016
Boeing Develops World's Lightest Metal, © HRL Laboratories. Via Interesting Engineering.
© HRL Laboratories. Via Interesting Engineering.

A metal microlattice developed by Boeing and HRL Laboratories has just been awarded the Guinness World Record for lightest metal.

Made from nickel phosphorus, the microlattice emulates human cell structure, reaching a density and surface area similar to lung tissue. So light it can be balanced on the top of a dandelion seed head, the material weighs in at approximately 100 times lighter than styrofoam.

Félix Guyon's Sails Benches are Anchored in Montreal

12:00 - 20 December, 2015
Félix Guyon's Sails Benches are Anchored in Montreal	, © Félix Guyon, via v2com newswire
© Félix Guyon, via v2com newswire

Designed by Félix Guyon of Les Ateliers Guyon in Verchères, Quebec, "Sails Benches" is a monument to the original founding families of Verchères, commissioned by the municipality. Having worked in Montreal for many years, Guyon returned to his native village for this personal project, which was selected as the winning design of the Furniture Category at the World Interiors Awards 2015 in London, "charming" the judges with the personal narrative and sensitivity of his Sail Benches, according to a press release. Read more about the project after the break.

In Focus: The Architectural Applications of Zinc

00:00 - 6 August, 2014
In Focus: The Architectural Applications of Zinc, The Roof Of Stonehenge - Custom Zinc Panels Fabricated By VMZINC. Image © Peter Cook
The Roof Of Stonehenge - Custom Zinc Panels Fabricated By VMZINC. Image © Peter Cook

Many times, the most innovative minds in architecture aren't the architects themselves. They can come in the form of students, researchers and in this case - providers. We recently asked VMZINC, a company that provides material solutions for architects, a few questions about the use of zinc in architecture, the Stonehenge Visitors Center and more. 

AD: How do you create intricate shapes with zinc, as seen in the roof at the Stonehenge Visitors Center?

NR2 House / Roberto Burneo Arquitectos

16:00 - 6 December, 2012
© Sebastián Crespo Camacho
© Sebastián Crespo Camacho

Architects: Roberto Burneo Arquitectos Location: Balcon de Valle, Quito Canton, Ecuador Project Year: 2012 Project Area: 904 sqm Photographs: Sebastián Crespo Camacho

© Sebastián Crespo Camacho © Sebastián Crespo Camacho © Sebastián Crespo Camacho © Sebastián Crespo Camacho + 22

Aviary, Bioparque Temaikén / Hampton+Rivoira+Arquitectos

06:00 - 4 December, 2012
© Fundación Temaikén
© Fundación Temaikén

Architects: Hampton+Rivoira+Arquitectos Location: Escobar, Provincia of Buenos Aires, Argentina Architects In Charge: Jorge Hampton, Emilio Rivoira Associated Architect: Cristian Carnicer Design Team: Roberto Lombardi, María Eugenia García Castera, María Eugenia Viña Raznovich, Juan Reartes, Ignacio Ruiz Orrico, Diego Tablada, Emilia Alvarado, Anahi Fedrizzi Project Year: 2009 Photographs: Jorge Hampton, Emilio Rivoira, Fernando Mayán, Fundación Temaikén

© Jorge Hampton © Jorge Hampton © Emilio Rivoira © Jorge Hampton + 21

Laguna Verde House II / Altamirano Armanet Arquitectos

02:00 - 30 November, 2012
Courtesy of Altamirano Armanet Arquitectos
Courtesy of Altamirano Armanet Arquitectos

Architects: Altamirano Armanet Arquitectos Location: Laguna Verde, V Region, Chile Project Year: 2009 Photographs: Courtesy of Altamirano Armanet Arquitectos

Courtesy of Altamirano Armanet Arquitectos Courtesy of Altamirano Armanet Arquitectos Courtesy of Altamirano Armanet Arquitectos Courtesy of Altamirano Armanet Arquitectos + 12

TEDx: Metal that breathes / Doris Kim Sung

15:00 - 14 November, 2012

Biology student turn architect, Doris Kim Sung has dedicated her studies to the infinite possibilities of thermobimetals, smart materials that respond dynamically to temperature change. As tested with DO|SU Studio Architecture’s recent installation “Bloom”, whose surface is completely fabricated with thermobimetal, these smart materials are capable of relieving our dependence on energy-inefficient mechanical systems with their self-shading and self-ventilating properties.

Imagine a building skin capable of maintaining thermal comfort in an environmentally responsible and cost effective way by responsively mimicking the characteristics of human skin.

Pescados Capitales Restaurant / GonzalezMoix

04:00 - 9 November, 2012
© Juan Solano
© Juan Solano

Architects: GonzalezMoix arquitectura Location: San Borja, Lima, Perú Architect : Óscar González Moix Project Year: 2012 Project Area: 763.2 sqm Photographs: Juan Solano

© Juan Solano © Juan Solano © Juan Solano © Juan Solano + 18

Roblas Cube / Moscato Schere Todo Terreno

16:00 - 5 November, 2012
© Ramiro Schere
© Ramiro Schere

Architects: Moscato Schere Todo Terreno Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina Design Team: Agustin Moscato, Joaquín Moscato, Ramiro Schere Project Year: 2007 Photographs: Ramiro Schere

© Ramiro Schere © Ramiro Schere © Ramiro Schere © Ramiro Schere + 16

La Baronia House / Nicolás del Rio + Max Núñez

18:00 - 19 October, 2012
© Sergio Pirrone
© Sergio Pirrone

Architects: Nicolás del Rio + Max Núñez Location: Quintero, Valparaíso Region, Chile Architect In Charge: Nicolás del Rio, Max Núñez Project Year: 2009 Project Area: 150 sqm Photographs: Erieta Attali, Felipe Camus, Sergio Pirrone

© Felipe Camus © Sergio Pirrone © Erieta Attali © Erieta Attali + 10

Taiyuan Archaeological Museum / Paul Andreu Architecte

02:00 - 16 October, 2012
© Paul Andreu Architecte
© Paul Andreu Architecte

Architects: Paul Andreu Architecte Location: Taiyuan, Shanxi, China Project Year: 2007 Project Area: 50,000 sqm Photographs: Paul Andreu Architecte

© Paul Andreu Architecte © Paul Andreu Architecte © Paul Andreu Architecte © Paul Andreu Architecte + 15

Phoenix Zeppelin Headquarters / Paulíny Hovorka Architekti + Stefan Moravcik architectural atelier

22:00 - 12 October, 2012
Courtesy of Paulíny Hovorka Architekti
Courtesy of Paulíny Hovorka Architekti

Architects: Paulíny Hovorka Architekti + Stefan Moravcik architectural atelier Location: Banská Bystrica, Slovakia Design Team: Branislav Hovorka, Štefan Moravčík, Martin Paulíny Project Year: 2011 Project Area: 1,385 sqm Photographs: Courtesy of Paulíny Hovorka Architekti

Courtesy of Paulíny Hovorka Architekti Courtesy of Paulíny Hovorka Architekti Courtesy of Paulíny Hovorka Architekti Courtesy of Paulíny Hovorka Architekti + 43