LOHA tops MLK1101 housing for Los Angeles’ homeless with sloped green roof

Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects has built social housing in Los Angeles featuring a green roof, herb garden, a community centre and retail spaces to foster wellness and community for those in need. Called MLK1101, the project accommodates affordable housing and a community centre in South Los Angeles, California. It comprises a four-storey building and a smaller […]

Mikhail Riches creates energy-efficient terraced streets as social housing in Norwich

Goldsmith Street is a Passivhaus and high-density social housing scheme by Mikhail Riches in Norwich, England, which is shortlisted for this year’s Stirling Prize. Located near the city centre, the housing development comprises 105 terraced dwellings designed to be an affordable high-density alternative to apartment blocks. Each home faces south to maximise solar gain and […]

Shipping container micro homes with green roofs planned for UK

Fraser Brown MacKenna Architects has obtained planning permission for a development of micro homes made from shipping containers with green roofs in Aylesbury, England. Gatehouse Road is a low-cost housing scheme that is part of a series of regeneration plans for underused sites owned by the Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust. Currently the site is occupied by […]

Esrawe Studio designs furniture for social housing all across Mexico

Hector Esrawe‘s design studio has developed furniture for an experimental housing project in Hidalgo, Mexico, but the designs will later be used to furnish social housing all over the country. The two furniture ranges will be used in 32 prototype low-cost homes Esrawe Studio has designed two sets of furniture for the Infonavit Housing Research […]

David Chipperfield and Karakusevic Carson Architects shortlisted for inaugural Neave Brown Award for Housing

Four projects have been shortlisted for the first Neave Brown Award for Housing including a housing estate designed by David Chipperfield Architects and Karakusevic Carson Architects. The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) introduced the prize to honour architect Neave Brown, a pioneer of social housing who died in 2018. The Colville Estate designed by David Chipperfield […]

Promise at Dawn, Center of Emergency Accommodation / AIR + Moon Architecture

Promise at Dawn, Center of Emergency Accommodation / AIR + Moon Architecture © Cyrille Hanappe, Olivier Leclercq + 16 © Cyrille Hanappe, Olivier Leclercq Text description provided by the architects. The City of Paris decided to create a Center of Emergency Accommodation for homeless in the Bois de Boulogne, next to the most expensive neighborhood […]

“What could Foster bring to social housing today?”

The fact that Norman Foster wants to start building social housing again after 40 years is a sign that a lot of it may be about to be built, says Owen Hatherley. In the 1970s Foster designed a council estate for the first and last time. Bean Hill, in Milton Keynes, was devised in the early 1970s […]

26 Passive Apartments / Benjamin Fleury

26 Passive Apartments / Benjamin Fleury © David Boureau + 22 © David Boureau Text description provided by the architects. This project is integrated into a suburban housing environment. Located in the Rue des Chantereines in the city of Montreuil, the site of the project faces housing blocks typical from the sixties which heights goes […]

Social Housing Production: Exercise I / Inhabitants of Tepetzintan + Comunal Architecture Workshop

Social Housing Production: Exercise I / Inhabitants of Tepetzintan + Comunal Architecture Workshop © Onnis Luque + 23 © Onnis Luque Text description provided by the architects. The Nahua community of Tepetzintan, located in the Northeast Highlands of Puebla, had two apparently isolated problems. On one hand, there was a lack of housing appropriate to the […]

Novo Jardim Social Housing / Jirau Arquitetura

Novo Jardim Social Housing / Jirau Arquitetura © Antonio Preggo + 24 © Antonio Preggo Text description provided by the architects. The production of Social Housing inside the Northeast, almost invariably, it isabout the construction of One-Story Houses, with 2 rooms, a single bathroom, akitchenette and one living room (or more). This program is so […]

Social housing revamp in Bordeaux wins Mies van der Rohe Award 2019

The European Union has awarded its annual architecture prize to Transformation of 530 Dwellings, a renovation of 1960s housing in France by Frédéric Druot Architecture, Lacaton & Vassal Architectes and Christophe Hutin Architecture. The trio of architecture practices wins the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award for the project that saw them restore […]

71 Social Housing Units La Courneuve / JTB.architecture + MaO architectes

71 Social Housing Units La Courneuve / JTB.architecture + MaO architectes © Luc Boegly + 29 © Luc Boegly Text description provided by the architects. Building on the Cité de 4000 estate could not be undertaken without a detailed analysis of the community, cultural, economic, urban and architectural expectations. It should avoid the existing failures […]

Transformation of 530 dwellings / Lacaton & Vassal + Frédéric Druot + Christophe Hutin architecture

Transformation of 530 dwellings / Lacaton & Vassal + Frédéric Druot + Christophe Hutin architecture © Philippe Ruault + 25 © Philippe Ruault Text description provided by the architects. The project consists in the transformation of 3 modernist social housing’s buildings, fully occupied. It is part of the renovation program of the ‘Cité du Grand […]

Michelle Ho proposes retrofitting housing estates to densify cities

The latest video in our Dezeen x MINI Living series explores a vision from Bartlett School of Architecture student Michelle Ho, to replace demolished sections of a London housing estate with adaptable co-living units. Ho’s experimental proposal, called Retrofitting the Community Estate, sees segments of the 1960s-built Central Hill Estate knocked down, leaving a basic concrete shell comprising only a […]

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