Social housing

An overview of projects, products and exclusive articles about social housing

NoticiasNoticias • 3 dic. 2021

Stefano Boeri Architetti presents the world’s first social housing Vertical Forest

In the city of Eindhoven (NL), Stefano Boeri Architetti presents the first social housing Vertical Forest in the world. Drawing experience from their world-famous Bosco Verticale in Milan, the 19-storey residential tower features 135 trees of various species on each of its four facades along with 10,000 shrubs and plants of a smaller size.  Paolo Rosselli In total, the building accommodates 125 apartments for predominantly low-income individuals, with an emphasis on providing housing for young couples. Though the flats are small, coming in at less than 50 square meters, a sense of expansiveness is offered by terraces that are more than 4 square meters. Each balcony includes one tree and twenty shrubs.  Paolo Rosselli F... Más

Proyecto • By Benjamin FleuryVivienda Social

30 housing units in Carrières-sous-Poissy

El proyecto se sitúa en la ZAC Nouvelle Centralité de Carrières-sous-Poissy, cuyo desarrollo ha sido confiado por EPAMSA a la agencia de urbanismo ANMA. El principio de este nuevo barrio es transformar el vacío dejado por una antigua reserva de suelo resultante de la voluntad del Estado de construir una autopista en su centro, dividiendo la ciudad en dos partes, en un corredor ecológico que una las dos partes de la ciudad. La manzana urbana P7 está situada en la zona noreste del nuevo distrito, en el límite del tejido residencial existente en la ciudad. Esta manzana rectangular está dividida en dos plazas por un sendero público. © David Boureau © David Boureau... Más

Proyecto • By Coenen Sättele ArchitectenVivienda Social

Kerkveld, Vaals

Close to the German border in Vaals a social housing project of the early sixties wasn’t up to date anymore. Most residents left the houses before the housing cooperation decided to tear down the 47 small houses. The demolition is done in a way to keep as much material as possible reusable. Coenen Sättele Coenen Sättele The question was to give the area a new, modern architecture look and to realize an ecological and social friendly project. The development of the Vaals Kerkveld project offers four types of social houses for different target groups and a collective garden in the middle, which is connected with the public space by semipublic paths. On the street side of the houses trees and hedges guarantee the int... Más

NoticiasNoticias • 15 oct. 2021

A look at the UK’s best affordable housing project of 2021

RIBA recognizes McGrath Road by Peter Barber Architects as the UK’s best housing project of 2021 by awarding it the Neave Brown Award for Housing. This is the second time RIBA awards the Neave Brown, after granting it to Goldsmith Street by Mikhail Riches Architects in collaboration with Cathy Hawley in 2019. Morley von Sternberg “In addition to its sheer inventiveness, this project has made a huge contribution to the wider area; projecting its optimism, whilst managing to feel neighbourly. The architects have moulded a place of character, both within the scheme and the community it serves. It demonstrates how imaginative street-based architecture can be socially progressive and architecturally engaging – a combina... Más

NoticiasNoticias • 17 sept. 2021

MVRDV complete landmark courtyard building that combines intimate streetscapes with expansive greenspace

In Bordeaux, France,  MVRDV has completed Ilot Queyries, a courtyard apartment building that combines intimate streetscapes with expansive green space. The site is located to the east of the River Garonne and across from the city’s UNESCO World Heritage historic centre. Ossip van Duivenbode The courtyard apartment building provides 282 homes – including 128 for social housing – parking, commercial space, and a rooftop restaurant within a new neighbourhood of four buildings masterplanned by MVRDV alongside Joubert Architecture. Ossip van Duivenbode In line the ambitions of the Bastide-Niel masterplan, the irregularly shaped courtyard building fills the site to its boundaries, resulting in an intimately scap... Más

Proyecto • By MVRDVAparcamientos

Ilot Queyries

MVRDV completes Ilot Queyries, a courtyard apartment building that combines intimate streetscapes and expansive green space MVRDV has completed construction of Ilot Queyries, a courtyard apartment building providing 282 homes – including 128 for social housing – parking, commercial space, and a rooftop restaurant in an intimate urban setting with plenty of light, air, and a large collective green space. Located to the east of the River Garonne in Bordeaux, across from the city’s UNESCO World Heritage historic centre, the building is part of a new neighbourhood of four buildings masterplanned by MVRDV alongside Joubert Architecture. Ossip van Duivenbode The project is envisaged as a test-bed for the principles of the... Más

Proyecto • By Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & PlannersOficinas

National Urban League

The National Urban League is a historic civil rights organization dedicated to economic empowerment to elevate the standard of living in historically underserved urban communities. The new building is a collaboration of private, public, and state organizations, and will house the Urban Civil Rights Museum Experience and the National Urban League Institute for Race, Equity and Justice in addition to the National Urban League’s headquarters. Caption The building will also feature retail, 90,000 SF of office space, and 171 affordable apartments to be constructed with support from New York State Homes and Community Renewal. The rational and urbane articulation of the curtain wall and massing expresses the different uses on 125th Str... Más

Proyecto • By Antonio Citterio Patricia VielVivienda Social

Cascina Merlata Lot R7/2

- The latest social housing development designed by Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel brings affordability to Milan while improving livability on the city’s outskirts - International architecture and design firm Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel (ACPV) unveils its latest social housing complex in the Cascina Merlata district of Milan. The Cascina Merlata Lot R7/2 project is part of an ensemble of residential buildings designed by some of the most well-known Italian architects, and follows the Cascina Merlata masterplan conceived by ACPV in 2011. The new buildings have obtained a class A rating thanks to their energy-efficient design and low-energy impact. The building is expected to open for residents in March 2021. Located just a stone&r... Más

Proyecto • By Dam & Partners ArchitectenTiendas

Noordblok Stadionplein

For years, Stadionplein in Amsterdam was best known as a boarding point for holiday buses and because of the Febo on the square. Once conceived as a temporary parking space for the 1928 Olympic Games, the square was never really finished; nor did it when the Amstelveenseweg was connected to the Amsterdam ring road, effectively making the square an entrance to the city. Based on the urban master plan that Floris Alkemade / OMA drew up in close consultation with local residents, the square has been redesigned by West 8. Two buildings, a residential building with a mixed program and a hotel, branch on the block structure devised by Berlage. This also enhances the experience of one of the most beautiful and surely the longest urban sightline i... Más

Proyecto • By Leclercq associésHogares de Cuidado


Jointly undertaken by Leclercq et Associés, Gaëtan Le Penhuel and Laurent Niget, the conversion of the old Saint Michel Hospital in Paris’s 15th arrondissement is a complex programme on a complex site. Until 2003, the site hosted a general hospital and specialist surgery departments for young children. The ensemble was a small-scale city, a “city within a city”, both unique, and hidden from the surrounding public spaces. The project’s programme is linked to the hospital’s former functions, and, therefore, to a memory of place. The converted site contains highly specialised medico-social structures designed for mentally handicapped adults and teenagers, people suffering from autism, children in di... Más

Proyecto • By POGGI ArchitectureApartamentos

White Clouds

Un nuevo proyecto de viviendas sociales en Saintes ha reinventado totalmente lo que significa vivir juntos. Una nube aparentemente habitada señala sin esfuerzo la entrada a un barrio obrero recientemente rehabilitado, conocido como "Les Boiffiers", que data de los años 70. El paisaje y el diseño arquitectónico se unen en una significativa armonía, mostrando el nuevo desarrollo.   El edificio está situado de tal manera que respeta la calidad del sitio, en lugar de simplemente colonizar el espacio dado. Se ha creado una sensación de profundidad, estructurada por senderos y atractivas perspectivas visuales, con el paisaje deslizándose sin esfuerzo en los volúmenes arquitect&... Más

Proyecto • By Abscis ArchitectenPaisaje Residencial

Klein Rijsel

The building site, situated parallel to the railroad tracks of the Leuven train station, is in many ways remarkable. It’s located within walking distance to the station, which is undergoing large scale developments, but it also seamlessly connects to the smaller scale residential area of ‘Klein Rijsel’. The client’s ambition was to build a large amount of social housing as well as private homes, both with underground parking, surrounded by a collective garden accessible to the public. This wasn’t an easy task as the topography of the site, as well as the urban plan ‘BPA Westelijke Spoorweggeul’, imposed certain parameters and limitations to the site. Abscis Architecten en A2D architecture 2 design... Más

Proyecto • By Carrillo ArquitectosAlojamiento

Los Jameos del Agua

In this project of single-family homes in Getafe we ​​have applied a concept that arises from the phenomenon of -Jameos del agua-; a natural space and an art, cultural and tourism center devised by César Manrique. Located in the north of the island of Lanzarote, it is also considered an area of ​​ecological sensitivity. For this reason, we want to achieve a unique space from the place where the project is located. This concept has inspired a promotion of 20 single-family homes, within the neighborhood of -El Bercial-, in the municipality of Getafe. The site is bordered on its three sides by streets; three roads with road and pedestrian traffic and one pedestrian. This allows us to obtain four facades from the set. The project aims to... Más

Proyecto • By MAHDI MARABEApartamentos

Kindl Housing

The project examines the relationship between an Urban object in the city and itsimpact on the Urban context and how to transform such an object into acontextual architecture. Our site is located in the Neukölln neighborhood inBerlin, a special site that separates different parts of the neighborhood, a sharpchange of levels that stops the movement abilities between the areas. A hugeurban object is located on the site, a large and opaque warehouse structure, builtover a timeline, and each part of the building was added at a different time, thiscan be identified through the section of the building and by identifying variousconstruction technologies that indicate the period of build up.The first thing we wanted to do was to turn this arch... Más

Proyecto • By Atelier du PontVivienda Social

53 social housing units in Tours

This project in Tours (France) developed 53 social housing units distributed across three buildings sitting around an open block crossed by public alleyways. The varying size of the buildings and their adapted typologies (stacked townhouses, small collective units in one plot, and collective units) help ensure the change in scale from a main urban artery to the north and a more vernacular, residential neighborhood to the south.  Even though the various typologies create a diversity of volumes, the treatment of the façades is homogenous and stripped down; they are covered with white, enameled terra cotta tiles so as not to introduce too many different architectural styles around the adjacent chapel.  The collective buildin... Más