Housing may come in different ways, different forms, and different places. So to start this week of Round Up, we bring you previously featured “Housing” works on ArchDaily.
Carabanchel Housing / Foreign Office Architects The site is a 100×45 parallelogram oriented north-south and limiting on the west with a new urban park and on the north, east and south with similar housing blocks, located in the south of Madrid. The regulation sets the number and type of units, that have to meet certain percentages of larger and smaller areas, and have a maximum height, but not the alignment within the rectangular plot. The units become a sort of 13,40m long “tubes” that connect both façades and avoid any type of structure in the partitions between apartments (read more…)
De Rokade / Arons en Gelauff Architecten In 2003, Groningen municipal council launched a project “The Intense City” to keep the city compact by increasing the building density of districts around the Centre. The Rokade Residential Tower Block is situated on one of the first increased density locations, and marks the corner of the Corpus den Hoorn Laan and the Sportlaan, the avenue providing access to the Hoornse Meer district. De Rokade is immediately adjacent to the nursing and care home, Maartenshof, which has been extensively renovated (read more…)
VM Houses / PLOT = BIG + JDS The VM Houses, located in Copenhagen, Denmark, are two residential blocks formed as the letters V and M. The blocks are formed as such to allow for daylight, privacy and views. The vis-à-vis with the neighbour is eliminated by pushing the slab in its centre, ensuring diagonal views to the vast and open, surrounding fields. All apartments have a double-height space to the north and wide panoramic views to the south. The logic of the diagonal slab utilized in the V house is broken down in smaller portions for the M house (read more…)
Signalhuset / NOBEL The Signal House has a central location in Ørestad City, oriented directly towards the curved canal along Arne Jacobsens Allé. The building is elevated on a number of concrete elements lifting the 288 housing units hover above the ground. The building facades are composed of an external transparent screen of galvanised stretch metal frames that define the building’s outer shape. Together with the external screen, the coloured facade areas create a lively, varied structure that adds presence and identity to the building (read more…)
House for architects and artists / AFGH The task was to create reasonably-priced residential space with high standards of living comfort for four differently sized parties. In the processs, each party was to profit as much as possible on the one hand from the 3,000 m2 south-facing environs, and on the other from the north-facing view of the city. This determined an unconventional and complex internal organisation of the building. All four apartments are accessible via a two-storey entrance hall, each of them having their own internal staircase of one or two floors (read more…)