Multifamily Housing

As cities grow ever more crowded, multifamily housing construction is more necessary than ever. Finding ways to compress housing into smaller spaces while still creating true homes calls for a complex blend of innovative design and engineering.  

San Diego's skyline is being transformed by new office, hotel, and residential building projects. Photo courtesy Pixabay

January 04, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The city's emission-reduction plan could drive influx into downtown

Student housing developer broadens its reach into multifamily

At 658 feet, The Independent will be the tallest building in Austin, Texas.

December 23, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Aspen Heights Partners evaluates seven metros for its initial projects.

Developers respond to demand from tenants for ‘smart’ design

Optimizing the window-to-wall ratio was a design focus for FXFowle (architect) on the 600-unit Crossing at Jamaica Station redevelopment, in Queens, N.Y. Also on the Building Team: ICOR Consulting Engineers (MEP), and WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff (SE). Image courtesy FXFowle.

December 17, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A number of green prerogatives are having a beneficial impact on multifamily design and construct...

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Study finds increase in cost-burdened renters

Photo: Tom Ipri/Creative Commons

December 14, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies released its biennial rental housing report, and it fo...

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Developer of curvy glass New York City condo complex sued

Photo: joevare/Creative Commons

December 10, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

One resident says living in the curvy, glass 100 Eleventh Avenue building is like being in a wind...

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Are long-term apartment rentals Airbnb’s next target?

An Airbnb office in Toronto. Photo: Raysonho/Wikimedia Commons.

December 07, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Some developers are thinking about that possibility, says one West Coast real estate consultant. ...

AIA Baltimore holds rowhouse redesign competition

A team of students from Virginia Tech and local architects from Brown Craig Turner submitted the BeMORE Flats design, which won the Most Resilient Design award.

December 07, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Teams competed to provide the best social and environmental design solutions for the city’s exist...

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Renderings via Dezeen

November 19, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The 160 Leroy building will have 49 luxury homes, along with a white concrete façade covered with...

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CTBUH awards “2015 Best Tall Building Worldwide” to Bosco Verticale

One of the residential towers as seen from Via Gaetano de Castillia on Google Maps

November 17, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

Designed by Italian architect Stefano Boeri, the building design was applauded for its “extraordi...

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A new luxury high rise reflects a resurgent condo market in Miami Beach

GLASS tower in Miami Beach, Fla. Renderings courtesy Terra Group.

November 17, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

GLASS is one of several residential buildings in the works in that city’s hot South of Fifth neig...

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Architects propose residential tower in Singapore with gardens on every floor

The four residential towers will surround a lush atrium, which from afar will seem like a green mountain. Renderings courtesy of M+S Pte Ltd

November 05, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

Imagine a high-rise with lush greenery on every floor—that’s the design Ingehoven Architects and...

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Labor City: The Qatari complex for 70,000 migrant workers opens

Labor City is 8.6 miles from Doha, covering an area of 0.4 square miles.

November 04, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

The project is just one of seven house complexes built by the government for the country’s approx...

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Top 10 tile trends for 2016

Chevron-patterned tiles are trending. All images courtesy Novità

October 27, 2015 | Novità

Supersized tile and 3D walls are among the trending tile design themes seen at Cersaie, an exhibi...

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Multifamily building in downtown Montreal is being built from the roof down

According to Upbrealla Construction President Joël Larouche, the approach is the future for projects on small lots.

October 27, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

The method eliminates the need for scaffolding and cranes.

My Micro NY will soon be New York's first micro-apartment building

The concrete and steel modular units at My Micro NY are currently being stacked and bolted together. Renderings courtesy nArchitects

October 22, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The Manhattan modular building will be completed in December and will contain apartments with low...

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4 Building Material Innovations from the Chicago Architecture Biennial

The main exhibit hall is the Chicago Cultural Center, which opened in 1897 and served as the city’s main library until 1977. Photo by Adilla Menayang

October 20, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

From lightweight wooden pallets to the largest lengths of CLT-slabs that can be shipped across No...

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Builder confidence rises on multifamily’s strength

Construction on a Plymouth, Penn., multifamily residence. Photo: Montgomery County Planning Commission/Creative Commons.

October 20, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Starts and completions were up solidly in September, but permits are leveling off. 

The Architectural Team redesigned old textile factory for multifamily use

Counting House Lofts still has its history on display. Images courtesy The Architectural Team.

October 16, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The Counting House Lofts is a 200-year-old building that still has its train tracks, exterior tra...

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Montreal apartment is world’s largest residential cross-laminated timber project

The project will have 434 condominiums and rental units combined. Renderings courtesy of LSR Gesdev Inc.

October 15, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

 Its 434 condo, townhouse, and rental units in three eight-story buildings are made from sustaina...

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Apartment takes progressive turn in architecturally traditional D.C.

Lyric 440, Washington D.C., Alpolic/fr in MFS Mica Silver, SBP Dragonfly Prismatic, BNT Bone White Solid Finishes

| October 15, 2015 | ALPOLIC

The new Lyric 440K Apartments is a 14-story structure housing 234 one- and two-bedroom units in t...

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New apartment under construction. Places like Long Island, N.Y., are seeing a rise in construction jobs because of demand for multifamily housing. Photo: Sonia Sevilla/Wikimedia Commons.

October 12, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Vacancy rates and rent growth are “converging” in most markets.

BIG designs lush, terraced mixed-use building

The 79 & Park project will be built next to Stockholm’s Royal National City Park. Renderings courtesy Bjarke Ingels Group

October 07, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

Cascading glass and wooden cubes create a form similar to Northern Ireland’s Giant’s Causeway roc...

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Data says completions in buildings with 50 or more units continues to climb square apartments richmond

The Square Apartments complex in Richmond, Va., was under consturction in 2014. Photo: Eli Christman/Creative Commons.

October 06, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The Census Bureau estimates that 255,600 multifamily housing units were completed in 2014 in buil...

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Even when a building has smart meters, the owner cannot get total kilowatt hour use from the utility. Photo: Portland General Electric/Creative Commons

October 02, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Owners of multi-tenant buildings lack basic information.

Designs unveiled for 558-foot mixed-use towers in Bahrain’s capital

The ground floor is designed to be publicly accessible, composed mostly of retail and public lobby space. Renderings courtesy of Wiel Arets Architects

October 01, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

The development, Bahrain Bay Tower, will consist of two residential towers connected “by a plinth...

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The developer that planned a mosque near Ground Zero now proposes a five-star condo tower instead

Rendering courtesy Soho Properties

September 29, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Sharif El-Gamal of Soho Properties is looking to cash in while lower Manhattan’s real estate mark...

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Diamond Lotus in Ho Chi Minh City. Renderings courtesy Vo Trong Nghia Architects (via Designboom)

September 28, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The 22-story housing complex in Ho Chi Minh City will have façades covered with plants and a roof...

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Richard Meier & Partners unveil Taipei residential high-rise design

The tower’s plaza is entirely dedicated for public use. Renderings by Vize, courtesy Richard Meier & Partners

September 23, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

The sleek and minimalist luxury tower will offer guests and residents views of the iconic Taipei...

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Kengo Kuma proposes ‘carved tower’ for downtown Vancouver

The shapely tower is planned for a site in downtown Vancouver's West End. A moss garden at it's base will be a public amenity. Renderings courtesy Kengo Kuma/Westbank Projects Corporation

September 16, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

The 40-story residential tower, to be built in downtown Vancouver’s West End neighborhood, will h...

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Quarter-acre of land is enough space for an upscale Chicago apartment complex

LG Construction + Development proposed a 15-story apartment building in Chicago's Printers' Row. Renderings courtesy LG Construction + Development (via Curbed Chicago).

September 16, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The building will hold 90 micro apartments, 40 pre-furnished extended-stay hotel rooms, and a sma...

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