Since the economic crisis, both architects and the city are trying to find new ways to build houses. There are few developers willing to build, so the city is selling plots directly to the residents and letting them do it for themselves. People always think working with an architect will be more expensive and take longer, but this way they feel more secure. We've always wanted to make a really cheap, sustainable house and this gives us a great way into the market.
Friday, May 31, 2013
Holland has always had a progressive take on affordable housing, especially where apartments and co-housing are concerned. But a new government program is making it possible for people who make as little as $40,000 a year to build their own homes—all through the magic of flat-packing.
The program is called I build affordable in Nijmegen (or IbbN), and it’s more like buying a car than buying a house. The city offers potential owners a loan for the land and the house, which buyers pick from a roster of 30 specially-designed prefab packages which start at less than $150,000. The cost and schedule of building the house—and here’s what makes this program so crazy—is fixed, eliminating the primary reason many people hesitate to build their own home.
This being the Netherlands, design quality matters. Nijmegen invited 20 Dutch firms to develop the 30 home packages, which range from gabled townhome to wood shack. Each of the options comes with a menu of customizations, too—you can change your facade from wood shingles to metal panels, say, or extend the house with an extra room or patio. And because most of the components are assembled off-site, they take roughly a month and a half to assemble.
In a Guardian article about IbbN, one of the architects involved with the project explains the allure:
There are plenty of flat-pack and self-build companies flourishing in other places. But what makes IbbN innovative isn’t necessarily the architecture—it’s the knowledge that your project won’t go over budget (or schedule). [Guardian]
A home by 8A Architecten (who designed the package in the lead image, too) costs $150,000 total.
A concept from Bendien/Wierenga Architects. Left image via Wired UK.
EX.s Architecture designed this flatpack cabin.
Lilith Ronner van Hooijdonk's contribution to the program uses hay bales for insulation.
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Friday, May 17, 2013
Upcycle House by Lendager Architects prepares for
completion in Nyborg, Denmark
Friday, May 3, 2013
Super Market Sanya Lake Park by NL Architects
Housing Corporation VANKE has asked us to make a proposal for a Super Market as part of a big resort in Sanya.
Sanya is the southernmost city in China. It is located in Hainan Province. The area is renowned for its tropical climate and is a popular tourist destination.
The resort will consist of three clusters of large residential slabs of 21 stories high enveloping semi enclosed gardens. The public space plays a crucial role in the atmosphere of the area as a whole. A lot of consideration is going into creating a pleasant environment. The landscaping is a key factor to the success; a large park-like corridor will connect the important parts of the masterplan.
Within this park, the client intends to create several pavilions with services and commercial functions to activate this landscape.
The required Super Market would take up much of the public space. Supermarkets tend to create big impenetrable surfaces; their planning logic often leads to ‘blind’ facades. Or to facades that are covered in advertisements. Often the expression is rather cheap for this is what the core-business boils down to: to evoke the sensation of competitiveness.
The counter-intuitive strategy in planning supermarkets: some brands actually invest a lot of money in a cheap appearance…
In order to relieve the public domain from this potentially unattractive interface the Super Market could be wrapped in a more vibrant and more appealing layer of smaller shops. On the available plot however space was limited.
The idea is now to place the main shopping volume underground. The Super Market can directly draw its customers from the large basement parking below the residential buildings. In addition delivery and logistics can now disappear underground as well.
To mark the entrance to the underground domain we propose a pavilion that contains retail and cafes. At each corner the roof bends up to form a lively entrance to the ‘estate’.
By disconnecting the volume that initially was supposed to be an extension of the residential slab next doors a triangular plot comes into being that allows a shortcut, an additional mini shopping street comes into being.
The triangular, all-sided building will be topped by a stepped landscape: a seemingly natural rice paddy-like valley comes into being featuring several usable terraces. The green additional ‘facade’ will provide a great view for the neighbors in the surrounding high-rises.
Super Market: 2000 m2
Ancillary spaces for the Super Market: 950 m2
Ground floor + first floor: 1000 m2
Roof: 1580 m2
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A new crop of science centers designed by architects tackle the task of reinventing the laboratory.
THE CARL ICAHN LABORATORYPrinceton, NJ • Rafael Viñoly Architects
Credit: Rafael Viñoly Architects PC
The buildings presented here signify a new and radical experiment, finding their inspiration in Kahn’s work. All of them are meant to serve a social, rather than symbolic, function, giving form to the latest high-minded and urbane scientific inquiries: exploring the mysteries of how humans think, how the universe works and the further unraveling of man’s most basic building blocks. Architecture’s task—with its collage of concrete, steel and glass—is to position the scientist in a cultural space (even if the researchers put up a fight). The dream is that they will do away with the drab, often windowless structures where the search for truth often takes place, and introduce an interactive world swathed with natural light, inspiring shapes and the occasional sightline peeking into another colleague’s lab.
How architecture and science will define each other through this encounter is still to be seen, but it begins a dialogue that places architecture in a position to enable science to reach further into the unknown and come up with answers to life’s mysteries. Even more provocative is the possibility that this new architecture may somehow determine or influence the science conducted on the inside.
NEUROSCIENCES INSTITUTELa Jolla, California • Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects
Credit: Michael MoranOf any building of the last decade, the Neurosciences Institute designed by Tsien and Williams, completed in 1996, best asserted a new role for architecture in its on-and-off relation to science. The architects set out to create a “monastery for science,” where scientists—the high-minded Brahmins of our modern world—would uncover the secret workings of the human mind. The buildings are kept low, hugging the land, the east face cantilevered to take advantage of dramatic mountain views. Every element of the Institute, from the individual structures and landscape to the furniture and textiles, was carefully designed to engender a serene, peaceful ambiance. The yellow Texas limestone, concrete and glass create a protected sanctuary for interdisciplinary research, assembling a temple of knowledge waiting to be plundered.
STATA CENTER FOR COMPUTER, INFORMATION AND INTELLIGENCE SCIENCESCambridge, Massachusetts • Gehry Partners
Credit: Andy Ryan
BRAIN AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES COMPLEXCambridge, MA • Charles Correa Associates
Credit: Andy Ryan
PERIMETER INSTITUTE FOR THEORETICAL PHYSICSWaterloo, Ontario • Saucier + Perrotte Architectes
Credit: Marc Cramer