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.  
MULTIFAMILY AEC GIANTS: Slowdown prompts developers to ask: Will the luxury rentals boom hold?

ZINC Apartments, West Cambridge, Mass., just outside Boston. The owner, Wood Partners, will start accepting tenants in September. The Building Team: Symmes Maini & McKee Associates (architect), J Derenzo (site work), EM Duggan (MEP), McPhee (electrical contractor), JK Glass (curtain wall/glass), Canatal (steel), Sanford (wall panels), and Lend Lease (GC). Rendering: Wood Partners and Monogram Residential Trust

August 07, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

For the last three years, rental apartments have occupied the hot corner in residential construct...

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Tribute tower to cricket ’96 world champions to be Sri Lanka’s tallest

Renderings courtesy Reza Kabul Architects

August 07, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

The 1996 Iconic Tower will be a tribute to the country’s cricket team, which won the World Cup in...

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A new database for tracking commercial and multifamily façade upgrades

Photo: Dallas's Centerpoint Energy Plaza is one of the façade retrofits listed on the site. Ken Lund/Creative Commons

August 05, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The site allows users to submit information about new projects, or supplement information on thos...

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Jerusalem, Israel, Daniel Libeskind, Mahane Yehuda Market, The Shuk

A 3,251-sf plaza at the tower’s base will provide a public gathering spot. Renderings courtesy Studio Libeskind

July 29, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

Are pyramids making a comeback? The city of Paris recently approved a triangle-shaped building th...

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Consensus Construction Forecast: Double-digit growth expected for commercial sector in 2015, 2016

Photo: Cjp24 via Wikimedia Commons

July 29, 2015 | AIA

Despite the adverse weather conditions that curtailed design and construction activity in the fir...

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New York, Manhattan, condos, luxury, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

Renderings courtesy Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

July 28, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The 62-story, 157-unit luxury condo tower widens at the 40th floor, resulting in a gently flared...

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Miami developers are designing luxury housing to cater to out-of-town buyers and renters

The Miami Herald reports on several new multifamily projects, including the Paramount Miami Worldcenter (pictured), whose homes include maid’s rooms, larger terraces, boutique-size closets, and guest suites. Rendering courtesy Paramount Miami Worldcenter

July 27, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The Miami Herald reports on several new multifamily projects, including the Paramount Mi...

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Multifamily construction continues to drive housing sector

Photo: Bainbridge Bethesda, Creative Commons

July 20, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Predictions that multifamily housing construction would taper off in 2015 may have underestimated...

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Minneapolis relaxes parking requirements on new multifamily buildings

Photo: Stevens Community Apartments in Minneapolis. Michael Hicks, Wikimedia Commons.

July 16, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The city cut the number of spots required for large developments by half. It also will accept pla...

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Berkeley, Calif., adopts balcony inspection program following deadly collapse

Photo: Berkeley City Hall. Almonroth, Wikimedia Commons.

July 16, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Apartment building balconies will be subject to inspections every three years under new regulatio...

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Beyoncé, Melbourne, tower, high-rise, Elenberg Fraser

The team came up with the design using parametric modeling to optimize passive heating and cooling. Soon after, a director noticed the form's similarity with a certain pop star in a music video. Renderings courtesy Elenberg Fraser

July 09, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The bootylicious tower is composed of 660 apartments and a 160-room hotel at the west end of Melb...

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California Supreme Court upholds affordable housing requirements
July 08, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributor

Court cites affordable housing crisis of ‘epic proportions.’

BIG designs Frankfurt skyscraper with a surprise in the middle

Renderings courtesy Bjarke Ingels Group

July 07, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Several levels in the center of the 185-meter tower are shifted outward to allow for terraces wit...

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A bicyclist sits in traffic near a housing construction project in San Francisco. Photo: Reuters/Robert Galbraith

A bicyclist sits in traffic near a housing construction project in San Francisco. Photo: Reuters/Robert Galbraith

July 01, 2015 | Megan Cassella, Reuters

The volatile U.S. multifamily housing market has returned to pre-recession investment levels, dri...

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The world's best new skyscrapers

One World Trade Center was named the winner of the Best Tall Buildings category for the Americas. Image: SOM/CTBUH

June 23, 2015 | BD+C Staff

One World Trade Center and Abu Dhabi's Burj Mohammed Bin Rashid Tower are among the four towers n...

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MAD Architects, Ma Yansong, Beverly Hills, 8600 Wilshire, Multifamily

Renderings courtesy MAD Architects

June 22, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The “hillside village” edifice will be covered in drought-tolerant vines and succulents.

Cornell Tech announces construction of ‘first passive house residential high-rise in the world’

Renderings courtesy Handel Architects

June 15, 2015 | Cornell Tech

To achieve Passive House standards, Cornell Tech Residential will incorporate a number of sustain...

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World’s tallest wood building design unveiled by MGA

Plans include a mix of market-rate and social housing, a student hotel, urban agriculture, a bus station, e-car hub, and other amenities. Renderings courtesy Michael Green Architecture

June 02, 2015 | BD+C Staff

“Just as Gustave Eiffel shattered our conception of what was possible a century and a half ago, t...

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Sacramento moves forward on multifamily project with new modular supplier

Guerdon Modular Buildings is taking over the Eviva Downtown multifamily project. Rendering courtesy Guerdon Modular Buildings.

June 01, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Guerdon Modular Buildings will provide modules for 118 apartments.

Fannie Mae offers incentives for energy, water efficiency in multifamily buildings

Photo: KCumming via Wikimedia Commons

May 30, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Owners of apartment buildings and cooperatives may be eligible for loans with reduced interest ra...

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Energy Department releases resources to assess building energy benchmarking policies, programs

Photo: Hakilon via Wikimedia Commons

May 30, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The new handbook demonstrates methodologies using real data from New York City.

Ten U.S. cities now have 1 million people or more

Each year, the Census Bureau revises its time series of previously released estimates going back to the 2010 Census. Photo: David Sim/Flickr.

May 28, 2015 | U.S. Census Bureau

California and Texas each have three of the one-million-plus cities.

‘European’ living comes to The Woodlands with its first condo tower

Condos at Trevisio at Waterway Square will start at $650,000 with one-, two-, and three-bedroom floorplans available between 1,247 and more than 3,500 sf. All renderings courtesy Bogza

May 27, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Treviso at Waterway Square will offer a dynamic downtown setting with numerous live/work/play opt...

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Zaha Hadid unveils 'interlocking lattice' design for luxury apartments in Monterrey, Mexico

The orientation of each unit softens sun exposure, while the façade material reflects the sun's rays. Renderings courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects

May 19, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Hadid's scheme was inspired by the Mexican tradition of interlocking lattice geometries.

Study: Urban land use policies costs U.S. economy around $1.6 trillion a year

San Francisco creates great wealth in the technology sector, but most of those gains go to pay for higher housing costs. Photo courtesy King of Hearts/Wikimedia Commons

May 19, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The research contends that more affordable housing options can help cities generate significantly...

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New York City runs into affordable housing dilemma

The 124-unit structure is one of several financed under the Bloomberg administration that have gone well beyond the average cost for affordable housing in the city. Rendering: David Adjaye

May 17, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

New York City’s affordable housing policy has created attractive low-cost housing, but the price...

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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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