An affordable-housing project for displaced farmers in China, and a stark and stunning city block in Madrid both impressed our jury, which granted each the 2018 AZ Award of Merit in Multi-Unit Residential Architecture.
Project: Contemporary Rural Cluster: Dongziguan Affordable Housing Location: Hangzhou, China Firm: gad·Line+ Studio, China
Hangzhou firm gad·Line+ Studio consulted with its end users during the planning stages of this 50-unit affordable-housing project for farmers disenfranchised from their land due to China’s rapid urbanization. As a result of this consultation, the design for the new community broke with the government’s conventional, high-rise form of social housing and embraced rural traditions that would be more familiar to its future inhabitants. The architects organized the three-storey households into groups of six around a communal courtyard and clustered these multi-unit blocks into a loose grid for a built environment of more than 15,000 square metres that, with such touches as distinctive roof forms, mimics the streetscapes of traditional villages.
Team: Fanhao Meng with Min Zhu, Qiang Li and Xiaocheng Zhu
Project: Somosaguas Location: Madrid, Spain Firm: Studio MK27, Brazil
Marcio Kogan of São Paulo-based Studio MK27 successfully incorporated Indigenous pueblo topology for the master plan of a stark and stunning community occupying a city block in an upscale residential neighbourhood of Madrid. The intramural streetscapes of the 21-unit property are ungated and open to the public. Despite their austere appearance, things are surprisingly cozy. Inspired by Moorish architecture, this tidy agglomeration of low-lying residences is made up of long, narrow, minimalist and modular cubes with private gardens and extends over five split levels around a central communal pool. The multi-unit project houses nearly triple the density of the Ayuntamiento de Madrid’s reported average.
Team: Marcio Kogan, Suzana Glogowski and Diana Radomysler with Enrique Granado