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    Pet home - Zhanghaiao

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    Arte S - SPARK

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    Réhabilitation des anciennes archives départementales de Strasbourg en 58 logements - S&AA Schweitzer et Associes Architectes

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    Réhabilitation des anciennes archives départementales de Strasbourg en 58 logements - S&AA Schweitzer et Associes Architectes

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    Urban Side - S&AA

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    Urban Side - S&AA

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Variety, the spice of residential home life

Alison Carter
26 Jul 2019

From tropical rainforest to homes for pets, there is plenty to see in this year’s Residential category in the WAN Awards

The Arte S apartment towers are sited at the base of Bukit Gambir, a lush tropical mountain at the heart of Penang Island, enjoying mid-distance sea views over the Straits of Malacca.  With the tallest tower at 180m, the buildings together comprise the tallest “twin tower” development on the island. Designed for tropical living the units are orientated to bring in light and air without the need for air-conditioning. Lushly planted perimeter gardens and podium levels shroud the building’s car park and merge naturalistic tropical planting with the building’s geometry. 

The symbiotic relationship between pets and humans is reflected in this high density pet home.  With rooms for both humans and animals linked by a corridor, this pet home scheme means that there is no isolation for either party.  Polycarbonate hollow sheet and frosted acrylic materials create fuzzy boundaries of the different spaces so all the inhabitants can see each other with ease. 

The Réhabilitation des anciennes archives départementales de Strasbourg en 58 logements is a restructuring and rehabilitation project.While preserving the authenticity of historic buildings, built in 1895, 1896 and 1930, the exterior joinery and part of the metal structure have been preserved and restored to house 42 luxury apartments.

The Urban Side building stands on a former brownfield site. The factory building has been partially conserved, with the iron structure and end wall renovated and intermediate housing units created in a series of pure white blocks nestling under the skeleton of the structure. Elsewhere on the site, new residential buildings with simple shapes and materials recalling the site's industrial past are planned.

To see more amazing entries from this year’s WAN Awards please click here.

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