Video: This 980-Square-Foot Home Maximizes Family Space

16:00 - 23 January, 2016

Despite often designing homes larger than 15,000 square feet for their clients, Houston-based design team Mark Schatz and Anne Eamon have designed and built a 980 square-foot house for their family of four. The couple designed and built the home largely on their own, out of leftover materials collected from projects their firm has worked on over the past few years.

schmidt hammer lassen Architects Wins Competition to Design a Residential Block in Aarhus

06:00 - 19 January, 2016
Exterior Rendered View. Image Courtesy of schmidt hammer lassen architects
Exterior Rendered View. Image Courtesy of schmidt hammer lassen architects

“Valdemars Have” by schmidt hammer lassen Architects is an urban residential block located within walking distance of Aarhus, Denmark's main cultural attractions. By using and adding to the greenery of Aarhus, Valdemars Have seeks to be an oasis within the city and serve as a public, urban garden. Overall, there will be 106 apartments ranging from two-bedroom flats to penthouses with private roof terraces.

New Images of Herzog & de Meuron's Latest New York Condo Building

16:00 - 13 January, 2016
Updated design. Image © DBOX
Updated design. Image © DBOX

UPDATE: This article has been updated with the latest project information and new renderings.

Herzog & de Meuron has released new images of their latest project in New York, a 12-story condominium building at 160 Leroy Street with a curved concrete and glass facade. The project is their third major New York building in recent years, following another condo building at 56 Leonard Street and a hotel at 215 Chrystie Street, and once again features a concrete structure which is clearly expressed on the facade.

Featuring 49 luxury apartments, 160 Leroy Street is the latest in a series of developments which will upgrade Manhattan's West side, after former mayor Michael Bloomberg designated the area as the city's new 'Gold Coast'. The $250 million project is slated for completion in Fall 2016.

"It will be apparent when Ian Schrager's 160 Leroy building rises out of the ground that it was inspired by the philosophy of the great Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer—which Pritzker Prize winning architects Herzog & de Meuron used as a starting point in conceiving this original, new iconic structure," says the developer.

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Cape Horn Illustration Creates Detailed Ink Drawings of Chicago Residences

06:00 - 12 January, 2016
© Cape Horn Illustration
© Cape Horn Illustration

For the past two years, artist Phil Thompson of Cape Horn Illustration has been creating pen and ink drawings of Chicago's homes and residential buildings.

Inspired by the patterns and themes of the streets and neighborhoods and a love for art and architecture, Thompson began drawing two-flat styled homes, which are "long and narrow to fit on standard city lots, able to accommodate two-generation immigrant families, and have distinctive large bay windows, elements of Arts and Crafts style, exteriors heavy on masonry, and terracotta, but wood-framed interiors with built-ins," Thompson told us. "I love them." 

Apartment Complex in Qiyan / LRH Architects

05:00 - 10 January, 2016
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    Taiwan, Taibei City, Quyan, Beitou
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    Highlite Images

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COOKFOX Wins Preservation Approval for Manhattan Condominium

14:00 - 28 December, 2015
South. Image © COOKFOX Architects
South. Image © COOKFOX Architects

The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission has approved COOKFOX Architect's plans for a mid-rise, 66-unit condominium building in Manhattan. Planned for two parcels of land in the West End Collegiate Historic District, next to one of the Churches' five ministries, the project aims to "fit harmoniously with the distinct streetscape" while "interweaving the rich historic details of the Upper West Side with subtle contemporary and sustainable design."

Where Housing is Headed in 2016 (According to RIBA)

06:00 - 24 December, 2015
White on White by Gianni Botsford Architects. Image Courtesy of RIBA
White on White by Gianni Botsford Architects. Image Courtesy of RIBA

RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) has released a report forecasting the greatest design trends in housing in the UK for 2016, based off a survey of 250 RIBA charted practices that are currently active in the housing design market. Noticeable trends include an increase in sustainable, energy conservation measures such as sustainable materials, improved insulation and water conservation/recycling; large extensions and bigger homes; housing designed for aging relatives/occupants; and flexible open-plans for family gathering.

AIA Releases Interactive Infographic of Latest Home Design Trends

14:00 - 19 December, 2015
Courtesy of The American Institute of Architects (AIA)
Courtesy of The American Institute of Architects (AIA)

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has released an interactive infographic of its Home Design Trends Survey for the third quarter of 2015, focusing on community and neighborhood design.

According to the findings, walkability, higher density and infill development, as well as access to public transportation, are all on the rise, with homeowners “seeking community amenities that allow them to remain connected to people and commerce” throughout the nation’s growing metro areas.

Hamburg Hybrid Housing Competition Announces Winners

08:00 - 19 December, 2015
“We are here to stay” by Gabriele Filippi from Genova, Italy. Image Courtesy of Ctrl+Space
“We are here to stay” by Gabriele Filippi from Genova, Italy. Image Courtesy of Ctrl+Space

Ctrl+Space has announced the winners of their Hamburg Hybrid Housing Competition, which prompted participants to design a mixed-use residential building in the St. Pauli neighbourhood of Hamburg, Germany. Entries were expected to reflect on the typology of the mixed-use building, exploring the set of relationships present with the city, the public, the time of day and the different programmatic areas. See the three winners after the break.

NKA Foundation Announces Winners of Designing for the Arts Housing Competition in Ghana

14:00 - 13 December, 2015
First place: Abode+Abode / Chowdhury Mohammad Junayed, Sheikh Ahsan Ullah Mojumder, and Erum Ahmed, of the Sheikh Ahsan Ulla Mojumder & Associates in Bangladesh. Image Courtesy of NKA Foundation
First place: Abode+Abode / Chowdhury Mohammad Junayed, Sheikh Ahsan Ullah Mojumder, and Erum Ahmed, of the Sheikh Ahsan Ulla Mojumder & Associates in Bangladesh. Image Courtesy of NKA Foundation

NKA Foundation has announced the winners of the 3rd Earth Architecture Competition, Designing for the Arts, in Ghana. The competition called for recent graduates and students of architecture and design to design innovative, modest, and affordable housing for artists that could be built using earth and local materials in Ghana.

The design was required to be a mud house type of about 2,400 square feet for eight to ten users on a plot of 80 by 100 feet in the Abetenim Arts Village, near Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. The overall design was designated for use by musicians, theater artists, potters, sculptors, painters, textile artists, designers, writers, or media arts practitioners. Total costs of construction were not to exceed $7,000 USD for materials and labor, not including the land value.

The winners of the competition are:

These Modular "Hobbit Houses" Can Be Assembled in Three Days

16:00 - 12 December, 2015
Courtesy of Green Magic Homes
Courtesy of Green Magic Homes

Have you ever wanted to live in a Hobbit House? Or maybe just be closer to nature? Now, with Green Magic Homes’ prefabricated houses, you can. Made with fiber re-enforced polymer modules, the homes can be customized, and take as few as three days to construct.

PARALX Designs New Residential Tower in Beirut

06:00 - 7 December, 2015

Lebanese architecture practice PARALX has won the AIA in Los Angeles' Merit Design Award for its T3 high-rise tower in Beirut. The tower is a part of a larger development scheme in the burgeoning Beirut Digital District (BDD) that will include 12 buildings and over 150,000 square meters of office spaces, apartments, hotels, shops, and entertainment facilities.

T3 will host cafes and restaurants on the ground level, with residential apartments located throughout the upper floors, all targeted towards the creative class that is moving into the area labeled as “Lebanon’s Silicon Valley.”

Skene Catling De La Pena's Rothschild Project Named UK's Best New House

14:10 - 3 December, 2015
© James Morris
© James Morris

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has named Skene Catling De La Pena's Flint House the winner of its annual "House of the Year" award. A "marvel of geological evolution and construction," the home was formed within the "flint-layered fields" of Rothschild’s estate at Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire. As the judges say, the home's clever use of a locally prevalent materials and intelligent layering of space "delivers a stunning piece of livable, provoking, modern architecture that marries into the earthly yet beautiful countryside."  

aLL Design Reveals Plans for Residential Tower in South London

06:00 - 1 December, 2015
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© aLL Design

Will Alsop’s practice aLL Design has revealed the plans for its new 15-story residential tower in Vauxhall’s new arts district on Newport Street in south London. The project, called The Beacon, was commissioned by Newport Street Projects (NSP), which was formed solely for the development of the up-and-coming area.

The Beacon will be 1,735 square meters, with a narrowed footprint at the ground level, giving back 38% of street-level space to be used as public seating, landscaping, and permanent art installations.

Beijing Hutong House Renovation / ARCHSTUDIO

20:00 - 14 November, 2015
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© Xia Zhi
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    Beijing, Beijing, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Han Wenqiang, Zhao Yang
  • Area

    160.0 sqm
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    Xia Zhi, Zhang Lin Han, Wang Ning

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Otherothers' "Offset House" Reveals the Architecture Hidden in Suburban Homes

09:30 - 12 November, 2015
Courtesy of Otherothers
Courtesy of Otherothers

In the classic film The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy and friends manage to obtain a visit with the great and powerful wizard, who appears to them as an enormous, grotesque head, surrounded by smoke and flames, with a booming voice and a hostile demeanor. But when Toto pulls back the curtain, the wizard’s true nature is revealed, and it is only then that he is able to help the gang get the help for which they journeyed many miles down the yellow brick road. In architecture today, suburban houses share many of the characteristics of the wizard’s illusion: large, stand-offish and intimidating. But what if there is a more benevolent architecture hidden behind the smoke and flames? This is the thesis of Australian firm Otherothers' Offset House, on display now at the Chicago Architecture Biennale.

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New Images Released of Foster + Partners' Seagram-Adjacent Condos in New York

14:00 - 11 November, 2015

RFR and Foster + Partners have released new images of One Hundred East 53rd Street, a 63-story luxury residential tower in New York next to Mies van der Rohe's famed Seagram Building. The skyscraper, which was announced last year, will contain 94 residences, a swimming pool, wellness facility, spa, library and sitting rooms, and its trademark Foster minimalism is intended to "provide a counterpoint to the Seagram’s bronze edifice," according to the developers RFR.


Firms from London and Israel Design a Domestic Abuse Shelter in Israel

12:00 - 6 September, 2015
Courtesy of Amos-Goldreich Architecture
Courtesy of Amos-Goldreich Architecture

London firm, Amos Goldreich Architecture and Israel firm Jacobs-Yaniv Architects have come together to design a new shelter for the No to Violence Against Women charity, which helps domestic abuse victims in Israel. This will be the charity’s first purpose-built shelter, replacing an overcrowded, makeshift building.

Located in a quiet neighbourhood, the site is surrounded by a mix of private homes and townhouses and is within reach of community resources like stores, jobs, clinics, schools, parks, counseling centres and recreational facilities. The shelter will include independent living quarters for up to 12 families, communal areas, a kindergarten, a computer room, laundry facilities, kitchens, a refectory as well as staff accommodation and office areas.