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.  
Two new designs submitted for New York City Riverside Center

The design submitted by Miami-based Arquitectonica. Rendering courtesy Arquitectonica

May 06, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Both designs reference the cantilevers and other elements featured in architect Christian de Port...

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Miami ‘Innovation District’ will have 6.5 million-sf dense, walkable space

Designers say the tower is inspired by things associated with Miami: fashion, sculpture, and sailboats. Renderings courtesy SHoP Architects

May 05, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Designing a neighborhood from the ground-up, developers aim to create a dense, walkable district...

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Colorado House kills construction defects bill

A bill that would have made it harder for condo owners to sue builders was defeated in the Colorado House of Representatives. Image: Pixabay/Unsplash

May 01, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The legislation would have made it harder for condo owners to sue builders.

Trade groups extend campaign to promote apartment living

According to research from George Mason University’s Center for Regional Analysis, apartments contribute more to the New York metropolitan area’s economy—$111.5 billion annually—than in any other market. Screen shot: WeAreApartments.com

May 01, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The groups claim that there are more than 37 million Americans—12% of the population—living in ju...

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Masdar City: Construction on sustainable residential complex begins

The residential development will have 500 units of one- and two-bedroom apartments. All material construction will be verified sustainable materials. Rendering courtesy Masdar Corporation

April 28, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The planned city’s new residences will help support Abu Dhabi’s rapid population growth.

Mace and Make work on London 40-story residential tower

View from the Atlas on City Road, an area with the recently earned nickname "Silicon Roundabout district." Renderings courtesy Rocket Investments

April 28, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The tower is one of six residential high-rises planned near London’s City Road, which is undergoi...

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The empire strikes back: George Lucas proposes new affordable housing complex he'll finance alone

Filmmaker George Lucas plans to build an affordable housing community on his Grady Ranch property, and will finance it himself. Image: Wikimedia Commons

April 27, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The latest plans are seen by some as payback for community opposition to his past real estate ven...

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Building wood towers: How high is up for timber structures?

The Waterfront, a 128-unit wood-based residential development in Stavanger, Norway, designed by AART architects and Kraftvaerk for client Kruse-Smith. This first phase was completed last July; a second phase is under construction. More than 80 firms competed for the project. Photo courtesy AART Architects

April 26, 2015 | C.C. Sullivan, Contributing Editor 

The recent push for larger and taller wood structures may seem like an architectural fad. But Bui...

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Condo developers covet churches for conversions

A Boston developer is proposing to build an eight-story residential building along the existing wall of a former 19th-Century church, which has been vacant for five years. Rendering courtesy Finegold Alexander Architects

April 22, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Former churches, many of which are sitting on prime urban real estate, are being converted into l...

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AIA Committee on the Environment recognizes Top 10 Green Projects

University Center, The New School, New York City. Image: James Ewing

April 22, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Seattle's Bullitt Center and the University Center at The New School are among AIA's ...

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3 award-winning affordable multifamily developments

The three winners in the Multifamily Housing category in AIA's Housing Awards are affordable living developments. Pictured: The North Parker in San Diego, designed by Jonathan Segal, FAIA. Image: Matthew Segal

April 16, 2015 | BD+C Staff

San Francisco's Bayview Hill Gardens and the Broadway Affordable Housing complex in Santa Monica,...

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Seattle’s size restriction on micro apartments blamed for rise in rents

Before the rule, micro-apartments were gaining popularity especially among young renters. Image: Museum of the City of New York

April 16, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Seattle’s city planner recently said that the council’s new rules have made small apartments more...

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Construction begins on Seattle's Potala Tower

The tower is named after Potala Palace in the Tibetan mountains, former home of the Dalai Lama. Renderings courtesy Lobsang Dargey / Weber Thompson

April 16, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Construction on the 41-story Potala Tower in Seattle finally kicked off following a ground-breaki...

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Figure-eight shaped hotel to open around PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics Facility

The sprawling 317,460-sf site will host a variety of marine and mountain recreation facilities. Renderings courtesy Planning Korea

April 13, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Just three miles away from the Olympic stadiums, the hotel will be a hub of its own.

Multifamily development and transactions haven’t taken a breather yet

ELEVEN10 West is being designed to coincide with the City of Orange, Calif.'s mixed-use vision created in 2010. It will open for leasing in the summer of 2017. Rendering: Picerne Group

April 09, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Despite predictions about an impending softening in multifamily construction, builders and develo...

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Construction site updates from the new $100 billion Saudi Arabian city

The city constructed from scratch off the Red Sea coast will give its port access to the Suez Canal, reflecting the government’s attempt to diversify its oil-dependent economy by focusing more in its shipping industry. Rendering courtesy of the King Abdullah Economic City.

April 07, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The new King Abdullah Economic City was conceived to diversify the kingdom's oil-dependent econom...

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Melbourne tower will light up depending on weather

"Real-time weather data [makes] the light move, and articulate the architecture of the building to give it a sense of elegance and presence,” lighting designer Bruce Ramus said. Rendering courtesy Lend Lease Group

April 06, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The tower will be illuminated by 164-foot-tall beams of LED light based on weather updates from t...

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Historic Romanesque Church in Chicago to Make Way For Multifamily Project

The apartment building will feature a south-facing, second-floor terrace and enclosed parking for bikes and cars. Rendering by Sullivan Goulette & Wilson via Chicago Architecture Blog

April 02, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Content Editor

The infamous neighborhood’s Saint Dominic’s Church “was instrumental in taming a part of the city...

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Containers on Grand: A new apartment complex in Phoenix

The apartments' living areas will open to a central courtyard through double French windows, which will flood the spaces with natural light. Renderings courtesy Stark James, LLC

March 31, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The eight-unit complex, called Containers on Grand, was inspired by the need for affordable and s...

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Plans for a new condo tower in New York create a ‘communal ecosystem’ for residents

Rendering courtesy Perkins+Will

March 31, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The conceptual plans for a 700-foot-tall, 65-story condominium tower in New York City were unveil...

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Bathroom fixtures get a starchitect makeover by Bjarke Ingels

A faucet from the Taper series, designed by BIG. Photo courtesy Kallista

March 27, 2015 | BD+C Staff

This Danish starchitect elevates the toilet paper holder (and other bathroom accessories).

Timber residential high-rise will tower over Stockholm waterfront

The development will overlook an old harbor in Stockholm's industrial district on the island of Djurgården. Renderings courtesy Tham & Videgård Arkitekter

March 24, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The four towers, 20 stories each, will be made entirely out of Swedish pine, from frame to façade...

High tech automation is one new condo development’s calling card

The Sterling Collection at Silverleaf will include 213 condos in a five-building enclave within the DC Ranch master plan in Scottsdale, Ariz. Renderings and photos courtesy Cypress Development Group 

March 24, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The Sterling Collection in Arizona will include the first robotic parking garage for a West-Coast...

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Multifamily for Millennials: Understanding what Gen Yers want in apartment design

AQ Rittenhouse, Philadelphia. Rendering: Aquinas Realty, BLT Architects

March 23, 2015 | Michael R. Ytterberg, PhD, AIA, LEED AP

Authentic public spaces, pet-friendly options, and inviting, tech-focused lobbies are among the k...

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Prefabricated skycubes proposed with 'elastic' living apartments inside

The tower is designed to be 70% wood, and will contain gardens and flexible living spaces attached to a central concrete core. Renderings courtesy Weingartner Architects

March 18, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The interiors for each unit are designed using an elastic living concept, where different spaces...

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New Jersey Supreme Court puts control of affordable housing agency in the courts

The ruling comes after a decade of litigation over the agency's proposed rules to determine municipalities' housing obligations for low- and moderate-income residents. Photo: Rgkleit via Wikimedia Commons

March 16, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The court said the state’s affordable housing agency had failed to do its job, and effectively tr...

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Mexican Museum tower caught in turmoil to break ground this summer

Millennium Partners said it will break ground on the Mexican Museum this summer. Renderings courtesy Handel Architects

March 16, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Millennium Partners said it will break ground on the 53-story residential and museum tower while...

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Dubai Announces Construction of Aladdin City

A scene from a sci-fi movie? No, these are the official renderings of the planned Aladdin City in Dubai. Renderings courtesy Dubai Media Office

March 13, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Planned on 4,000 acres in the Dubai Creek area, the ...

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Developers confirm Renzo Piano’s contribution in Sydney harbor overhaul

Based on information from an animated preview of the master plan, Renzo Piano's residential towers are the second and third ones from the left.

March 12, 2015 | BD+C Staff

If the entire development is approved, One Sydney Harbour will be Piano’s second project in Austr...

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Multifamily construction has been a boon to L.A.’s economy

Last year, 10,200 rental apartments came online in Los Angeles, and another 8,500 could be added in 2015. Pictured: Bryson Apartment Hotel, 2701 Wilshire Blvd., in the Westlake District of Los Angeles. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

March 12, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A new study finds that nearly one-quarter of Los Angeles’ population lived in rental homes and ap...

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