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September 17, 2015
Get a glimpse of the future of urban living at these cutting-edge housing complexes.
Prefab housing unit in Mexico made of shipping containers and concrete

In León, Mexico, Adrián López Menduett sought to create an architecturally adventurous apartment building. After he bought a parcel in the Piletas neighborhood, the city made plans to construct a road across part of his land, trimming the buildable area to just under 2,300 square feet—about a third of the original footprint. This neccessitated a vertically oriented design. The result is La Aduana, an eight-unit apartment building made from 36 shipping containers. 

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high line, new york, apartment building, Neil Denari

An apartment overlooking the High Line in New York City captures views of a constantly changing urban landscape. Architect Neil Denari of Los Angeles uses the word prism to describe his glass-and-stainless-steel condominium that rises, with a quite unexpected profile, right over the High Line in Chelsea. Graphic at a distance and geometric up close, HL23 is creative, daring, and at once fully serious and a bit playful—making it pitch-perfect for a couple who are likewise creative, daring, serious, and playful.

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Originally appeared in Eye in the Sky: Urban Apartment Overlooking NYC's The High Line
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sesto, italy, apartment building, plasma studio

In the Dolomite mountains, an angular copper-clad apartment building echoes the topography of its site. In profile, the domicile has the prototypical gable, but from all other angles it takes on the look of abstracted folding planes that express the steep site, says architect Ulla Hell of Plasma Studio.

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Perforated aluminum exterior, Mumbai, India

Seeking to harmoniously integrate a modern aesthetic into the varied architectural vernaculars of Mumbai, India, the Brooklyn-based firm Khanna Schultz conceptualized a stacked, seven-unit apartment building for a developer, one that incorporates traditional elements with contemporary approaches. The perforated aluminum cladding surrounds the lower-level public area, which contains the pools and gym for the tenants.

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Pittsburgh, apartment building, eve picker, edge studio, dutch macdonald

Edge Studio's apartment building with its glass-and-steel facade is a glowing example of the urban renaissance that's gripping Steel City. The 947 Liberty Lofts, in downtown Pittsburgh’s Penn-Liberty Historic District, is one of developer Eve Picker’s efforts to bring the city core back to life. A 20-foot setback leaves room for an outdoor café that bustles at lunchtime.

 

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Every apartment has a terrace measuring around 1,000 square feet, with both private and semipublic spaces. “The cool thing about a garden is it’s yours,” says architect Bjarke Ingels. “If you’re on the wooden part, you can suntan in your bikini bottom or

In Ørestad—Copenhagen’s tiny but buzzing new hub of urban development—a mountain rises from the flatlands. No ordinary geological behemoth, this sloping peak is a feat of residential engineering from celebrated Danish architects Bjarke Ingels Group. The Mountain Dwellings stand as a beacon for architectural possibility and stylish multifamily living in a dense, design-savvy city.

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Slovakia, windows, housing project

North Star Rising—the four story brick housing project designed by the Slovak architectural firm Nice Architects—is stylish down to its reinforced concrete floor slabs. Situated in Senec, a suburb of Bratislava and a popular summer destination, North Star Rising is a starkly iconic building. Jutting up into the sky, its nearly triangular design realizes the architectural possibilities of a somewhat oddly-shaped urban lot. 

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Prefab housing unit in Mexico made of shipping containers and concrete

In León, Mexico, Adrián López Menduett sought to create an architecturally adventurous apartment building. After he bought a parcel in the Piletas neighborhood, the city made plans to construct a road across part of his land, trimming the buildable area to just under 2,300 square feet—about a third of the original footprint. This neccessitated a vertically oriented design. The result is La Aduana, an eight-unit apartment building made from 36 shipping containers. 

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