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Coral House by Group8

By | Architecture, Design, Residential

Coral House by Group8

Swiss architects Group8 have completed this residential block covered in pink sun screens in Geneva.

Coral House by Group8

Called Coral House, the project has a glazed facade that can be covered by fabric sunshades, which roll up into the window frames when not in use.

Coral House by Group8

The building includes 58 housing units and two floors of commercial space, spread over five storeys and a basement level.

Coral House by Group8

More about Group8 on Dezeen »

Coral House by Group8

Photographs are by Régis Golay, FEDERAL studio.

Coral House by Group8

The information below is from Group8:


The site

The Coral house is located in the Chandieu area, formed by a large urban block surrounded by Rue Giuseppe-Motta, Grand-Pré and Chandieu. The site is accessible by the main road Grand-Pré, this avenue lined with trees, cuts straight though the building block. The future underground parking will be accessible by the entrance of the adjacent building, the Azure center, located on the Grand-Pré road.

Coral House by Group8

This new housing estate takes part of the regeneration of a former industrial site and completes, together with the Bamboo Residence, a large city block. At the intersection of the avenue and the Chandieu road, a public square supplemented by a fountain and a sculpture will be built in collaboration between the artiste Fabric Gygi and the architectural office ADR.

Coral House by Group8

 

Metal Shutter Houses by Shigeru Ban Architects and Dean Maltz Architect

By | Architecture, Design, Residential

Metal Shutter Houses by Shigeru Ban Architects

After hours, rolling metal shutters fasten across these New York apartments designed by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban.

Metal Shutter Houses by Shigeru Ban Architects and Dean Maltz Architect

Surrounded by art galleries in a West Chelsea neighbourhood, the Metal Shutter Houses rise above a gallery on the ground floor.

Metal Shutter Houses by Shigeru Ban Architects and Dean Maltz Architect

The eleven-storey block contains eight duplex apartments, each with balconies facing the street.

Metal Shutter Houses by Shigeru Ban Architects and Dean Maltz Architect

Activated by a motor, individual perforated shutters slide over each balcony to entirely conceal the glazed facades of the apartments behind.

Metal Shutter Houses by Shigeru Ban Architects and Dean Maltz Architect

A central elevator provides access to the apartments, which each have private lobbies before their front doors.

Metal Shutter Houses by Shigeru Ban Architects and Dean Maltz Architect

Early renderings of the building were published on Dezeen back in 2007 – see our earlier story to compare.

Metal Shutter Houses by Shigeru Ban Architects and Dean Maltz Architect

Another recently featured Shigeru Ban project was a temporary housing block made from shipping containers – see all our stories about Shigeru Ban here. The block also shares fortress-like characteristics with a Polish house featured on Dezeen last month.

Metal Shutter Houses by Shigeru Ban Architects and Dean Maltz Architect

Photography is by Michael Moran.