Housing design on Arkitecture on Web covers all the latest trends and projects in the branch of architecture which concerns itself with questions like how should space influence people’s daily life and how should people’s need of an accomodation affect the surrounding environment.
In housing design, we cover brand new stories and projects from all over the world which tackle these questions in many different ways, from house renovations which observe long standing traditions, to housing projects which challenge existing paradigms. From the vernacular architecture to the modular, eco and minimal, here is all about what’s new in housing design.
About housing design
Housing design is the field of architecture whose aim is the study and realization of spaces - houses - for people to live in.
As such, housing design as a discipline has to concern itself with a wide range of factors, many of which only apparently do not pertain to architecture.
the internal space: how do people typically experience it; what needs and aspirations have its dwellers; how should the human need for privacy and security be addressed when building;
the external space: what is the surrounding environment - a forest, a town, a wind-swept tundra, a megalopolis; what is its usage by the community; how should the project deal with it - by fitting in the existing landscape or challenging the consolidated paradigms;
materiality: materials in housing design are seldom chosen randomly. They function as building blocks not only for the physical structure, but also for the visual language the project tries to bring into existence.
the existing political, social and economic framework: what is the ultimate goal of the project; who’s the sponsor - a private citizen, the public, an institution; what property regime will it be subjected to - full property, rent, et cetera;
Selected examples of housing design
Famous case studies of successful housing design are:
Antoni Gaudí's Casa Batlló (1906)
Gerrit Rietveld’s Rietveld-Schröder House (1924)
Le Corbusier’s Ville Savoy (1931)
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater (1935)
Walter Gropius’s House (1938)
Philip Johnson's Glass House (1949)
Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House (1951)
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Kentuck Knob (1956)
Glenn Murcutt’s Simpson-Lee House (1962)
Frank Ghery's House (1991)
Find out what’s new in housing design here:
The location of Lookout House had a significant influence on the design of this house, a landscape layered by the intense geological history of a three-million-year-old volcano, the site is a north-facing slope made sparse by harsh winters but covered with a mat of pine needles
Merimiehenkatu 20, located on the corner of Merimiehenkatu and Albertinkatu in a Finnish neighbourhood of Helsinki, is the subject of a complex renovation project by Studio Puisto: merge or detach from its distinct "neighbors" dating back to the 1920s and 1960s?
Casa entre Pinos takes its name from the 5 pine trees that peacefully protect the surroundings on which the dwelling stands and soften the horizon. We are on the sloping land adjacent to the golf course of the Altozano residential complex, in Morelia, Mexico
Christos Pavlou architecture designs this residential project with a green core to discover a new urban life that interacts with nature, it aims to create green spaces that are terraces and gardens with which the interior merges thanks to large windows.
The project, by Benjamin Gon i Arquitectos, in collaboration with Claro + Westendarp arquitectos, stands on a sloping hill and it'is divided into 3 different volumes, leaving a space as an access patio and making the most of the light and panorama
The unique topography of the project, a sort of rocky ridge plunging into the lake, is enhanced in the project by MU Architecture through an eye-catching architectural intervention: a residence in total harmony with its environment
Desai Chia Architecture renovates a New York loft for a photographer looking for a stimulating work environment. A space that would serve both as a gallery for her photographs and as a living space in which she can enjoy her privacy
Not far from the town of Uvita Costa Rica, there is a small resort consisting of three luxurious villas immersed in the jungle, a place where visitors blend in with the surrounding nature in order to clear their minds and experience luxury and adventure at the same time. It is a place where visitors can blend in with the surrounding nature, clearing their minds and experiencing luxury and adventure at the same time. One facade is completely closed in contrast to the other which is completely open to the surrounding nature, creating a unique space
Designed by Alventosa Morell Arquitectes studio in the province of Barcelona, the building is the result of a careful bioclimatic study, aimed at maximizing the environmental and thermal performance to obtain a passive house
Architecture firm Young Projects has completed Six Square House, a new 3,500 square feet residence situated on a green two-acre site in Bridgehampton, New York
The Sail House, designed by award-winning sustainable architect David Hertz, is completely inspired by the nautical context, from which it takes its name: the reference to the wooden boat with masts and sails make this project unique in its kind
Solid walls of local rammed earth and concrete characterize the design of Kendle Design Collaborative's Desert Wing villa, which, rising from the desert, echoes the contours of the surrounding mountain range
"Flat Eleven" is a small flat redesigned by Pierattelli Architettura, completely reconfigured with respect to the original condition, in which the absence of square metres is seen as an opportunity, with limited space wisely designed.
The project for Casa G foresees a general revision of the interior spaces, in particular there was the need by the client to divide the residence into two independent units that could preserve the possibility of future reconnection. The design intervention was deliberately limited to not distort the characteristics of the property in Art Nouveau style while enhancing the peculiarities, inserting furniture elements designed to measure and with the creation of new surfaces
The house, originally from the 1960s, with Scandinavian features of the same period during which the importance of materials, context and function was the focus of design was renovated by Canadian studio Alain Carle Architect.
Two facades as monochromatic studies made of raw materials, concrete, wood, black steel and bronzed mirrored glass; two dynamic artwork facades that seem to float thanks to a set-back ground floor enveloped by natural wood cladding that welcomes visitors in an immersive and atmospheric lobby
Interior design for the Dental Clinic in Sydney. The wooden element combines aesthetics and functionality