Reinventing collective housing: Carré Lumière in Bègles, by LAN architecture

The building by LAN, BigMat ’13 France National Prize, is designed on 4 main principles: to reinvent community housing; to enable people to live in an evolving space; to set the example of sobriety and to picture a climatic model for the building.

 

Carré Lumière in Bègles, by LAN Architecture © Julien Lanoo

Carré Lumière in Bègles, by LAN Architecture © Julien Lanoo

 

French architecturee office LAN has announced the completion of their housing building “Carré Lumière” in Bègles, suburb of Bordeaux, in South West France. The 79 apartments comprising this great building commissioned by Ataraxia, a property management company, follow the demolition of the previously idle towers of the “Terre Neuve” district.

As part of this urban project supervised by the SAEMCIB (Société Anonyme d’Economie Mixte de Construction Immobilière de Bègles) and driven by the local government, the objectives were to “exemplify” community housing with the intention to explore new propositions within the industry. (more…)

House 1014 by H arquitectes: inhabiting the courtyard

Small town in Catalonia holds a house in which a series of patios achieve not only climatic stability and energy saving, but also a wide range of domestic spaces.

 

House 1014 by H Arquitectes © Adrià Goula

House 1014 by H Arquitectes © Adrià Goula

 

House 1014, designed by H arquitectes –winners of the first edition of the Big Mat International Prize is a single-family home in the small town of Granollers, Spain. Located in a consolidated and compact urban fabric, the house works as a series of interlocked spaces revolving around the building’s courtyards. Ranging from darker, more private areas, to almost open-air living rooms, all the spaces within the house are designed to work as a whole, forming a complex system for climate control throughout the year, based on traditional passive technologies.

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Enter the preparations for Expo 2015 through Scandurra Studio’s Milano Gate.

Designed by the principles of lightness and sustainability, two structures set the scenario for urban activities while providing a new space for selling tickets and visitors’ information.

Expo Milano 2015 Gate Ⓒ Filippo Romano

Expo Milano 2015 Gate Ⓒ Filippo Romano

 

Before the opening of Expo 2015, Milan’s activities and preparations for the big International Fair will take place in an impressive new space in the heart of the city. Through the construction of two pyramid-like structures, Scandurra Studio have transformed and re-interpreted  a large square at the end of Dante street to host the information centre and ticket booth for the Expo as well as providing an urban rehearsal for the activities and ideas that shape this year’s slogan “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life“.

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Bruno Erpicum & Partners: two honorable mentions in the Re-Thinking the Future Sustainability Awards

Houses Genets3 and AibsS are finalists in the residential category, behind Sanjay Puri, LAN and Page Architects.

All rights reserved Ⓒ Jean Luc Laloux

All rights reserved Ⓒ Jean Luc Laloux

 

The Indian-based association’s international awards program recognizes both conceptual and built projects that set new standards in various design disciplines, including architecture, interior design, urban design, and landscape design. Their mission is to  develop an architectural language that will “sustain and survive the impacts of climate change taking sustainability one step ahead.

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