5 Awesome Examples of Affordable Housing Architecture in Europe and the USA
Evan Station Lofts-Denver, Colorado: This is some slick affordable workforce housing at its finest. Located at a transit station and in a mixed income development, this is a spot anyone would want to live at. Evans Station Lofts is a five-story development with 50 residential workforce units and 7,100 square feet of retail and commercial space. This project is the first family Low Income Housing Tax Credit LIHTC project at an existing light rail station along the light rail in Denver. Incomes range from 30% to 60% of the Area Median Income (AMI).
Torre Placa Europa– BARCELONA, SPAIN: This social housing building of 20 stories is not only fun to look at but also meets many green design standards. The building has a natural ventilation system and took into account where the sun would be to keep the building from over-heating. You can see the floor plan is cut every three levels which changes the scale of the building.
Star Apartments: Los Angeles, California: This is actually a building to support formerly homeless persons. The building uses modular pre-fabricated units that are then Star Apartments provides permanent supportive housing to 100 formerly homeless individuals using innovative modular pre-fabricated units that are supported by concrete. Star Apartments is a LEED for Homes Platinum development that aims to inspire residents and the surrounding community.
Sa Pobla Social Housing- Mallorca Spain: I just spent about a week in Mallorca and wish I would have known to look for this building while there. The project provides 19 affordable units in a dense urban site. There was a lot of interest in matching the building to the surrounding ones but still giving a modern look.
Tetris Apartments building- Ljubljana, Slovenia: Because of the look of the building many people assoicated this one with the game Tetris. It belongs to the Slovenian Housing Fund. One interesting note is that the building faces a major highway so the architects ensured that the balconies facing the busy road were shifted opposite from the road.
Conclusion: What architecture/design have you seen that is worth mentioning? Share in the comments!
Josh Crites is an American social housing professional with both practical and research experience. He has worked at 3 social housing companies in the USA in roles ranging from policy and operations to process improvement and strategy. Josh is a former Alexander von Humboldt German Chancellor Fellow. During that fellowship, Josh researched and worked with social housing companies in Germany, The Netherlands, Portugal, Scotland, England, Estonia and Spain. He is an avid writer and advocate for the provision of social housing around the world.
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