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Eretz Apartment / Fernanda Marques Arquitetos Associados

12:00 - 12 April, 2019
Eretz Apartment / Fernanda Marques Arquitetos Associados, © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG © Ricardo Bassetti © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG + 23

Architectural (Dis)Order / Corpo Atelier

10:00 - 1 April, 2019
Architectural (Dis)Order / Corpo Atelier, © Alexander Bogorodskiy
© Alexander Bogorodskiy

© Alexander Bogorodskiy © Alexander Bogorodskiy © Alexander Bogorodskiy © Alexander Bogorodskiy + 13

Why Do Architects Love Designing Houses?

04:00 - 25 March, 2019
Why Do Architects Love Designing Houses?, © <a href="//commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=User:Euelbenul&amp;action=edit&amp;redlink=1">User:Euelbenul</a> - <span>Own work</span>, <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0">CC BY-SA 4.0</a>, <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=51360903">Link</a>. ImageFallingwater House, iconic project designed by Frank Lloyd Wright back in 1939
© User:Euelbenul - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Link. ImageFallingwater House, iconic project designed by Frank Lloyd Wright back in 1939

Home. Our shelter. Our private space. In an urbanized world with dense megalopolises like Tokyo, Shanghai, and São Paulo, homes are getting smaller and more expensive than ever. If you are claustrophobic, Marie Kondo is your best ally in the quest to earn some extra space.  And even though private backyards have become a luxury for most, our data shows that single-family houses are still the most popular project type on ArchDaily. Why is this? (Especially when it seems incongruous given the reality of today’s crowded cities.) Why do some universities still insist on designing and building houses as academic exercises? Wouldn’t it be more creative—and more useful—to develop architecture in small-scale spaces? Would it be more rewarding to develop solutions on bigger scales?

Retrofit Apartment / SuperLimão Studio

12:00 - 20 March, 2019
Retrofit Apartment / SuperLimão Studio, © Escanhuela Photo
© Escanhuela Photo

© Escanhuela Photo © Escanhuela Photo © Escanhuela Photo © Escanhuela Photo + 20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Praça Da República - Praça da República - República, São Paulo - SP, 01045-000, Brazil
  • Category

  • Design Team

    Lula Gouveia, Thiago Rodrigues, Antonio Carlos Figueira de Mello, Inaia Botura
  • Area

    50.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

Apartment VLP / Pascali Semerdjian Arquitetos

12:00 - 13 March, 2019
Apartment VLP / Pascali Semerdjian Arquitetos, © Ricado Basetti
© Ricado Basetti

© Ricado Basetti © Ricado Basetti © Ricado Basetti © Ricado Basetti + 69

  • Architects

  • Location

    Rua Oscar Freire 83, ap.3 Jardins, Sao Paulo - SP, Brazil
  • Category

  • Lead Architects

    Domingos Pascali, Sarkis Semerdjian
  • Project Team

    Domingos Pascali, Sarkis Semerdjian, Linda Matolli, Leopoldo Schettino
  • Engineering

    LAER
  • Area

    382.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

Metropolis 450 Penthouse. / Alexandre Dal Fabbro

12:00 - 12 March, 2019
Metropolis 450 Penthouse. / Alexandre Dal Fabbro, © Salvador Cordaro
© Salvador Cordaro

© Salvador Cordaro © Salvador Cordaro © Salvador Cordaro © Salvador Cordaro + 23

Apartment F+B / Núcleo de Arquitetura Experimental

14:00 - 8 February, 2019
Apartment F+B / Núcleo de Arquitetura Experimental, © Marcelo Donadussi
© Marcelo Donadussi

© Marcelo Donadussi © Marcelo Donadussi © Marcelo Donadussi © Marcelo Donadussi + 64

  • Architects

  • Location

    Rua João Berutti 160/304, Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
  • Category

  • Authors

    Pedro Comunello Felix, Alexandre Rögelin Prass, Filipe Saur Santos
  • Responsible Architect

    Pedro Comunello Felix
  • Team

    Alexandre Rögelin Prass, Filipe Saur Santos, Pedro Comunello Felix, Renata Saffer, Vitória Kempfer
  • Area

    1227.09 ft2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

House Plans Under 50 Square Meters: 26 More Helpful Examples of Small-Scale Living

10:00 - 20 January, 2019
House Plans Under 50 Square Meters: 26 More Helpful Examples of Small-Scale Living

Designing the interior of an apartment when you have very little space to work with is certainly a challenge. We all know that a home should be as comfortable as possible for its inhabitants, but when we have only a few square meters to work with and the essential functions of the home to distribute, finding an efficient layout is not easy. Following our popular selection of houses under 100 square meters, we've gone one better: a selection of 26 floor plans between 20 and 50 square meters to inspire you in your own spatially-challenged designs.

Four Stunning Renovated Apartments in Oscar Niemeyer-Designed Buildings

04:00 - 10 January, 2019
Four Stunning Renovated Apartments in Oscar Niemeyer-Designed Buildings, Apartamento P.R. / pianca+urano. Image © Manuel Sá
Apartamento P.R. / pianca+urano. Image © Manuel Sá

To live in a residence designed by a renowned architect is a dream for many, however, a dream that will most likely never come true. But, there is an alternative. Many architecture enthusiasts have rented or even bought apartments in iconic buildings designed by their favorite architects. 

In regards to the work of Oscar Niemeyer, fluidity and flexibility may best express his plans and typologies.

Below, we've selected four apartments in buildings designed by Neimeyer that reinterpret his original plans.

10 Brazilian Apartments Under 65 Square Meters

05:00 - 19 October, 2018
10 Brazilian Apartments Under 65 Square Meters , Apartamento Viadutos / Vão © Rafaela Netto
Apartamento Viadutos / Vão © Rafaela Netto

Due to the rising demand for housing, apartments around the world are becoming smaller and smaller. In addition, these plans for housing units do not always provide functional and comfortable living arrangements for its residents, challenging architects to think of ways to turn this situation into something desirable. Below, we've selected ten Brazilian projects that find creative solutions for small-scale housing. 

"Together and Apart": The Latvian Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale

16:00 - 15 June, 2018
"Together and Apart": The Latvian Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale, © Ansis Starks
© Ansis Starks

As part of our 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale coverage, we present the completed Latvian Pavilion. To read the initial proposal, refer to our previously published post, "Latvian Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale to Highlight Turning Points in 20th Century Apartment Block Design.

Black walls and an exposed concrete floor create a mysterious and eerie backdrop for Together and Apart: 100 Years of Living—the Latvian Pavilion curated by urbanist Evelīna Ozola, architect Matīss Groskaufmanis, scenographer Anda Skrējānem and director Gundega Laiviņa.

© Francesco Galli © Ansis Starks © Ansis Starks © Francesco Galli + 9

Störmer Murphy and Partners Will Design Germany’s First Wooden High-Rise

08:00 - 1 December, 2017
Störmer Murphy and Partners Will Design Germany’s First Wooden High-Rise, via Störmer Murphy and Partners
via Störmer Murphy and Partners

Germany’s first wooden high-rise, the “Wildspitze,” is being designed by Störmer Murphy and Partners. At 18 stories and 64 meters high, this residential tower will be one of Europe’s largest urban development projects.

Located in Elbbrücken, a peninsula neighborhood within Hamburg's HafenCity, Wildspitze will add 189 residential units on its riverside site. Each apartment will feature a loggia behind a double glass facade.

New Photos and Renderings Show OMA's "Park Grove" Miami Towers as It Races Toward Completion

15:01 - 20 November, 2017
New Photos and Renderings Show OMA's "Park Grove" Miami Towers as It Races Toward Completion, Construction photos - November 2017. Image Courtesy of OMA
Construction photos - November 2017. Image Courtesy of OMA

New construction photos capture the progress of OMA’s Miami development, “Park Grove,” as the project’s details and finish begin to emerge.

Located next to the twisting towers of BIG’s recently completed “Grove at Grand Bay,” OMA’s trio of towers will consist of 1,000,000 square feet of luxury residential spaces with panoramic views of Florida’s Biscayne Bay.

Lobby. Image Courtesy of OMA Construction photos - November 2017. Image Courtesy of OMA © Craft Studio Construction photos - November 2017. Image Courtesy of OMA + 45

Arkitema Architects Designs 30 Shipping Container Apartments in Roskilde, Denmark

08:00 - 24 October, 2017
Arkitema Architects Designs 30 Shipping Container Apartments in Roskilde, Denmark, Courtesy of Arkitema Architets
Courtesy of Arkitema Architets

Beat Box: 30 apartments in 48 containers to transform the Danish neighborhood of Musicon, adjacent to the famous Roskilde Festival area. Designed by Arkitema Architects and constructed by Container Living, Beat Box is an integral part of Roskilde’s goal to revamp Musicon over the next 15 years by adding 1,000 jobs and 1,000 homes.

Contemporary Housing to Reinforce Finland's UNESCO World Heritage Fortress

08:00 - 13 May, 2017
Contemporary Housing to Reinforce Finland's UNESCO World Heritage Fortress, Perspective view. Image Courtesy of Heikkinen & Kangasaho
Perspective view. Image Courtesy of Heikkinen & Kangasaho

When placed in a historic landscape, contemporary architecture requires a layered approach. It must often strike a respectful, vernacular tone, whilst embracing the innovative, functional hallmarks of a modern building. This balance has particular relevance at Suomenlinna Sea Fortress, located off the coast of Helsinki, Finland. Throughout its 300-year history, it was once occupied by the armies of Sweden, Russia and Finland – a rich history attracting UNESCO World Heritage status, and almost one million annual visitors. The site is more than a museum, however, but a living district of Helsinki with 800 inhabitants and 500 jobs.

Against the prerequisites of past and present, Heikkinen & Kangasaho Architects have combined sharp, functional modernity with respectful, restrained simplicity in a new housing scheme to sit amongst Suomenlinna’s historic fortifications.

Perspective view. Image Courtesy of Heikkinen & Kangasaho View from the sea. Image Courtesy of Heikkinen & Kangasaho Section. Image Courtesy of Heikkinen & Kangasaho Site plan. Image Courtesy of Heikkinen & Kangasaho + 7

AD Classics: Kafka's Castle / Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitecturas

04:00 - 9 May, 2017
AD Classics: Kafka's Castle / Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitecturas, © Ricardo Bofill
© Ricardo Bofill

Standing on a rise overlooking the Spanish Mediterranean coast, there is an odd structure which could easily be mistaken for an vast pile of forgotten blocks. Kafka’s Castle, built in 1968, was one of the earlier projects completed by Ricardo Bofill, a Spanish Postmodern architect known for apartment buildings as monumental as they were thought-provoking. While his later work indulged in Postmodern historicism, the modular and mathematically-derived Kafka’s Castle was an unabashed break from any local or global tradition – as much the case now as it was in the 1960s.

© Ricardo Bofill © Ricardo Bofill © Ricardo Bofill Once the physical model of Kafka’s Castle was completed, RBTA managed to condense all necessary construction information into only five drawings. Image© Ricardo Bofill + 19

NO ARCHITECTURE Emphasizes Urban Sustainability and Interaction with Alternative Residential Towers in China

14:00 - 15 April, 2017
NO ARCHITECTURE Emphasizes Urban Sustainability and Interaction with Alternative Residential Towers in China, © NO ARCHITECTURE
© NO ARCHITECTURE

One of the great ironies of modern urban life is the underlying disconnect that exists amongst us global citizens, despite living and functioning within such dense and close proximities. In order to address this issue in the context of China’s urban landscape, New York firm NO ARCHITECTURE has proposed two alternatives to the typical high-rise – two vertical residential typologies that feature a combination of courtyards, terraces, and gardens, and could be located in a wide variety of cities.

“Conceived around a series of cascading shared walls, ventilated courtyards, stepped terraces, and wind towers, these new vertical organizations re-connect urban living to nature, suggesting how we can live in close proximity today and can continue to do so sustainably for generations to come,” explained the architects.

© NO ARCHITECTURE © NO ARCHITECTURE © NO ARCHITECTURE © NO ARCHITECTURE + 7

AD Classics: Gallaratese Quarter / Aldo Rossi & Carlo Aymonino

11:15 - 14 March, 2017
AD Classics: Gallaratese Quarter / Aldo Rossi & Carlo Aymonino, © Gili Merin
© Gili Merin

As the dust settled following the Second World War much of Europe was left with a crippling shortage of housing. In Milan, a series of plans were drafted in response to the crisis, laying out satellite communities for the northern Italian city which would each house between 50,000 to 130,000 people. Construction the first of these communities began in 1946, one year after the end of the conflict; ten years later in 1956, the adoption of Il Piano Regolatore Generale—a new master plan—set the stage for the development of the second, known as 'Gallaratese'. The site of the new community was split into parts 1 and 2, the latter of which was owned by the Monte Amiata Società Mineraria per Azioni. When the plan allowed for private development of Gallaratese 2 in late 1967, the commission for the project was given to Studio Ayde and, in particular, its partner Carlo Aymonino. Two months later Aymonino would invite Aldo Rossi to design a building for the complex and the two Italians set about realizing their respective visions for the ideal microcosmic community.[1]

© Gili Merin © Gili Merin © Gili Merin © Gili Merin + 17