Amsterdam – As cities deal with higher density and an increased proximity of dwellings, the Nov/Dec issue of St-W explores promising proposals for future-proof housing.
Young architecture practice presents multi-family solutions, while MVRDV and propose multifunctional high-rises that offer not only apartments but also space for offices, retail shops, hospitality enterprises, medical facilities and greenery. reactivates a Guangzhou neighbourhood while safeguarding its collective memory, serviced apartments offer a form of hospitality-infused urban living aimed at time-poor professionals and modular homes by the likes of David Adjaye and Faye Toogood adapt to London’s tricky urban-infill sites. From horizontal sprawl to vertical stacks and from concrete jungles to urban greenscapes: tomorrow’s residential buildings aim to make high-density cities healthier and more livable.
Rapid manufacturing accelerates on-demand design. Indoor greenery enjoys a light treatment. The corridor sparks social interaction. Discover new directions in the world of products.
The Challenge: Future of Cohabitation
In the lead-up to each issue, St-W challenges emerging designers to answer a topical question with a future-forward concept. As urban areas grow outwards and upwards, the cost of inner-city living becomes equally inflated. In order to stay central while avoiding social isolation, various groups of people are opting to share the load. Today that means everything from self-sufficient communes to co-housing models, but how will cohabitation look in the future? In line with this issue’s living-themed St-W Lab, we asked five makers to come up with possible solutions.
Introducing Sibling Architecture. Bethan Laura Wood cycles to the strings of a cello. Rachel Whiteread gets concrete. Barber Osgerby proves that one plus one is three. Thom Mayne discusses his metaMorphosis. Meet the people. Get their perspectives.