Adventures in Multi-Family Design: A Global Perspective

From Sweden to Brazil, these projects tackle housing issues with some flare
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Learning Objectives:

  1. List two examples of honoring the past with new multi-family designs.
  2. Describe one example of Passive House design in a multi-family housing project.
  3. Explain the concept of mixité sociale.
  4. Discuss several ways in which public space in multi-family housing projects can be used to engage the occupants with the surrounding community.


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This course is part of the Multifamily Housing Academy

These projects demonstrate the design constraints and challenges, as well as solutions, to address the growing worldwide housing crisis. This course highlights differing approaches to sustainability and affordability issues and how to successfully integrate multi-family housing into the surrounding city buildings and spaces.

L'Arbre Blanc by Sou Fujimoto
The cantilevered balconies of this residential building, extending like branches of a thickly foliated tree, are the result of a series of competitions to bring more experimental architecture to the city of Montpelier, France.
Suzanne Stephens

Basaren Block by Wingårdhs
The design goal of this “monument to functionalism was not “a building that would stand out, but one that would fit in. The architects took their stylistic cues from the past with a structure reminiscent of Sweden’s 1930s functionalist forms.
Ana Martins

Gasholders London by WilkinsonEyre
A set of Victorian gasholder tanks with exposed iron frames have been transformed into a multi-family building. The new volumes within the salvaged frames are designed, in their varying heights and aluminum cladding, to recall these vanished tanks.
Hugh Pearman

Residenze Carlo Erba by Eisenman Architects and Degli Esposti Architetti
Peter Eisenman, the influential architect, scholar, theorist, and teacher collaborated on this project, his first completed project in Italy, and drew upon Milan’s unrivaled stock of exquisite but eclectic palazzi in designing Carlo Erba.
Josephine Minutillo

Energy-Efficient Social Housing Wins 2019 RIBA Stirling Prize
The Royal Institute of British Architects named Goldsmith Street in Norwich, England, winner of the 2019 RIBA Stirling Prize for the UK's best new building. The project sets a new standard for social housing in the U.K.
Miriam Sitz

Andermatt Concert Hall by Huma Klabin by Una Arquitetos
In Sao Paulo, where high-rise residential projects have tended to isolate residents from their wider environment, this project instead strives for harmonious integration with it.
Tom Hennigan

New Tallest Passive Tower Performs on Budget
This social housing high-rise is breaking new ground with goals to provide residents with maximum comfort for minimum energy costs and to serve as an example for private-sector developers.
Katharine Logan

Ycone by Ateliers Jean Nouvel
This new 174-foot-high residential tower consists of 92 apartments ranging from studios to five-bedroom penthouses, keeping with French ideas about mixité sociale, or discouraging class/income ghettos through urban-planning decisions.
Andrew Ayers

Sou Fujimoto to Build First New York Project
In the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood in Brooklyn, this new building will consist of 440 units, ranging from studio apartments to 2-3 bedroom clusters alongside robust common spaces for cultural and community programming, accessible to residents and the public.
Josephine Minutillo


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Originally published in Architectural Record
Originally published in March 2020