At Home in Britain: a closer look and a new proposal for British housing

The exhibition at RIBA, made in partnership with BBC FOUR’s new series on British housing, showcases the works of six teams of architects that have taken on the challenge to redesign and transform three traditional housing typologies: the terrace, the high-rise apartment and the cottage house.

 

Children posing for the photographer against the backdrop of workers' housing and industrial cooling towers, Teeside, 1969  © Architectural Press Archive_RIBA Collections

Children posing for the photographer against the backdrop of workers’ housing and industrial cooling towers, Teeside, 1969 © Architectural Press Archive RIBA Collections

 

At Home in Britain: Designing the House of Tomorrow re-examines how we live and showcases thought-provoking ideas for future housing design. Taking the cottage, terrace and flat as a starting point, six contemporary architecture practices from Britain, the Netherlands and France have been newly commissioned to transform the three familiar typologies to reflect the way we live and work in the 21st century. The architects participating in this exhibition are Mecanoo, Edouard François, Jamie Forbert Architects, Mӕ, vPPR and Studio Weave.

Using material from the RIBA Collections as stimulus, the architects will celebrate and critique vernacular housing of the past and explore ideas of affordability, communal living and housing density today. The new work will be displayed alongside photographs, books and drawings from the collections. (more…)

Delft Municipal Offices and Train Station by Mecanoo

The new station includes an undulating vaulted ceiling featuring an 1877 map of the Dutch city. The city hall above the station, which will not be complete until 2017, has a glazed skin designed to “reflect the Dutch skies.”

 

Municipal Offices and Train Station Delft, Netherlands © Mecanoo

Municipal Offices and Train Station Delft, Netherlands © Mecanoo

 

The station hall and municipal offices form a new landmark in Delft. The complex is located above a new underground train station, with the municipal offices accommodating one thousand employees. When the station is operational, the old railway viaduct that divided the inner city of Delft will make way for an extension of the city centre, a park and canal.

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