Affordable housing

An overview of projects, products and exclusive articles about affordable housing

Project • By Pomeroy StudioApartments

Azure North

Azure North at San Fernando, is envisioned as a sustainable community that celebrates resort style living. The masterplan reinterprets the rock and beach formations of the islands of Palawan: bringing a new residential experience that balances affordable living and the green agenda. The first phase resort residences’ stepped facades optimises views, natural light and ventilation to a beach and pool oriented recreational place that forms a welcome oasis at the heart of the mixed use development. Caption Caption More

NewsNews • 23 Mar 2022

11NOHO by Brooks + Scarpa challenges conventional apartment building design by celebrating social space and courtyard typology

Challenging the typical defensive neighbourhood apartment of this North Hollywood neighbourhood, 11NOHO by Brooks + Scarpa is a beacon of the neighbourhood that celebrates social space by de-emphasizing private space. Taking the form of a carved-out cube, strategically placed windows and circulation that wraps the outermost edges of the building help to orient the 60 apartments visually and physically to the social spaces below. Tara Wujcik Dating back to the classic post-World War II Spanish Colonial Revival Ambrose Gardens and Irving Gill’s 1918 Horatio House, courtyard apartments have a rich history in southern California. As a response to the climate and desire for outdoor living, courtyard spaces provide a sense of safety a... More

Project • By superspaceResidential Landscape

valens housing

80% of the world will be living in the urban areas when the bells toll 2050; sprawling as a solution will lead to the inefficient and lavish use of resources and add more to our carbon footprint day by day, meaning around 2.200 people in a km2 will also concretely feel the effects of climate change, not to mention other living creatures we share the world with. are we ready to live together? do we have a backup plan that cares for all that, nature, the human, the cities... superspace Istanbul is one of the most chaotic and dense cities in the northern hemisphere of the world, with a daily population of around 20million people traveling around the wonders and disgraces of this lively and relentless city day and night jumbled rough... More

Project • By asap/ adam sokol architecture practiceParks/Gardens

Skid Grow

Our concept for Skid Grow takes a radically different direction, asking how we can reconsider our land use policies to make the best possible use of LA’s vast urban areas to the greatest benefit of all Angelenos, including the unhoused and those needing more support. Our premise is that there is tremendous value inherent in the area currently known as Skid Row, and by seeking to unlock that value we can create significant market rate and affordable housing while also directing unprecedented resources to the benefit of the unhoused. Caption Caption Our vision for Skid Grow includes: 16,500 units of market rate housing, 2,100 units of affordable housing, 8,000 units of supportive housing, and 6,500 shelter beds. This would be... More

Project • By HEDApartments

Fifth Avenue Apartments

HED’s passion for simplicity and sustainability balanced form with function and delight, while adhering to the realities of tight economic constraints. The five-story development is comprised of studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom residential units providing affordable housing for households at or below 60% of the area median income, along with interior and exterior shared community spaces. It also includes approximately 4,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor, currently slated for development into a grocery store, addressing the lack of this amenity in the area. Patsy McEnroe Photography Inc Patsy McEnroe Photography Inc With a nationwide shortage of affordable housing it is important to celebrate successful... More

Project • By HQ ARCHITECTSApartments

Fein 1 Central

Located in Neve Shaanan, southern Tel Aviv, in a degraded area experiencing rapid transformations, Fein 1 Central apartment complex introduces much needed housing and street-front commercial spaces, while partially preserving fragments of the existing building on site. The area is part of Tel Aviv – Yafo Municipality’s master plan to transform and uplift the city’s decayed southern district. The neighborhood’s cultural and economic growth is part of its gentrification process, focusing on culture and creating a new, more open and progressive profile for the neighborhood. Part of this growth will be the addition of the new premises of the renowned Bat Sheva Dance Company right across the street, and the new light rail... More

Project • By asap/ adam sokol architecture practiceSupermarkets

The Bazaar

​The Bazaar was an innovative concept for a destination local food market, featuring an array of local micro-restaurants, as well as craft merchandise and fresh produce. Expanding on the idea of a “bazaar” as an architectural typology with a long history and tradition, the concept inherited the idea of repetitive domes as an organizational structure, within which vendors would have individual kiosks. The morphology of the domes modulated throughout the site, resulting in subtly varying sky lighting and elevations. The long arching elevation faces south to a parking lot, making it visible to the street and also creating a relationship allowing for indoor-outdoor uses such as a periodic farmers market. Caption Caption... More

Project • By Alexander Gorlin ArchitectsSocial Housing

Nehemiah Spring Creek

These prefabricated townhouses are part of the Nehemiah program to build the largest affordable housing development for first-time homebuyers in New York City. More than 800 homes have been built on a 45-acre former landfill site in east Brooklyn, planned around a vibrant community-oriented streetscape and neighborhood. Individual modular units were constructed in a nearby factory and trucked to the site where they were joined together into two-, three- and four-story houses. To create visual interest and distinct identities, multiple facade types were designed, each of which could be clad in one of a dozen different colors of siding. Stoops line the street leading to a raised front door in a modern interpretation of traditional Brooklyn t... More

Project • By Alexander Gorlin ArchitectsSocial Housing

The Brook

The Brook, a six-story building in the South Bronx, provides permanent supportive housing to low-income workers, the formerly homeless, and individuals with mental illness who are transitioning to permanent employment and homes. Formerly on an empty lot, the building repairs the urban fabric of the block by creating a continuous street wall along Brook Avenue and 148th Street. The Brook is designed and engineered for maximum environmental sensitivity using the most cost effective means available. In March 2013, the Brook received LEED Silver certification. The building, built with low-toxicity materials, features ventilation and lighting systems that maximize natural light and solar heat while water-saving fixtures and draft vestibules inc... More

Project • By ArchimatikaHousing

Respublika Housing (1st phase)

The basic principles adopted for the development of the 1st phase of the project: midrise buildings, urban block planning, separation of pedestrian zones and vehicles, closed courtyards - open streets. Urban blocks are not classical quadrangular, but pentagonal forms a slightly more lively and unpredictable space. The sections are arranged in pentagons, which diverge in petals from the "core" - an area of 80x80 meters with a community center. In the place where the fifth "petal" of housing could be located - elementary school and recreation: tennis courts, football, and volleyball courts. The design of the private courtyards closed on all sides is deliberately opposed to the streets' geometric correctness. The atmosphere here is cozy, sl... More

Project • By Álvarez-Díaz & VillalónApartments

Caguas Mix-Use & Elderly Housing

Master-planned and designed by Álvarez-Díaz & Villalón (AD&V), this new mixed-use and mixed income housing community will be located on the site of a former housing project in Caguas, Puerto Rico. AD&V is dividing the 21-acre development into six residential blocks, including five streets dedicated to family housing, and one reserved exclusively for elderly housing. The design of the José Gautier Benítez development, encompassing small city blocks with connecting streets, takes into consideration pedestrian and vehicular traffic flows, and works within a human scale. This integration encourages economic activity, as well as promotes the social and economic development of the community. AD&am... More

NewsNews • 11 Aug 2020

Apple allocates first $400 million of a $2.5 billion commitment towards tackling a lack of affordable housing in California

As part of a multi-year $2.5 billion commitment to help tackle a serious lack of affordable housing in the state of California, Apple has allocated its first $400 million towards affordable housing projects and homeowner assistance projects. Courtesy Apple/Desitnation: Home In partnership with the Housing Trust Silicon Valley, the funds will be designated towards the creation of 250 new units of affordable housing across the Bay Area. The geographically diverse projects will create more than 250 new units of affordable housing, many reserved for veterans, the homeless, or formerly homeless, and residents with developmental disabilities.   Apple is also contributing to Destination: Home, helping to fund over 1,000 new units of af... More

Project • By STOPROCENT ArchitekciHousing

Intimate estate in Łomianki, PL

INTRODUCTIONThis project presents the concept of a small housing estate at Osiedlowa Street in Łomianki.Each of the three buildings was individualized by applying different finishing materials to the facades. To maintain consistency of the housing estate, it was assumed that one part of the building is plastered white and the other has a ventilated facade. A wooden façade made of Siberian larch in a vertical arrangement of boards was designed, a façade made of STRUKTONIT (or EURONIT) tiles in French brick covering and a façade made of graphite EURONIT boards in classic brick covering. The roofs of all buildings are designed as covered with gray sheet metal for standing seam. Gutters and downpipes are hidden in the build... More

Project • By Landon Bone Baker ArchitectsApartments

Tierra Linda

LBBA has been working with Latin United Community Housing Association (LUCHA) for over 25 years to transform empty lots and rundown buildings into safe, decent housing close to schools, parks, and other services. Together, we have built and renovated over 175 units of affordable housing in Humboldt Park. Tierra Linda, a scattered-site housing project located near the Bloomingdale Trail, has been developed to nurture health and healthy living. In July 2014, LUCHA led an interactive eco-charrette to generate and target sustainability goals for its new wellness-centered housing development. The kick-off event, which brought together members of the design team with the maintenance staff, tenants, and neighbors of the future development, intr... More

Project • By Holst ArchitectureApartments


Designed for nonprofit REACH Community Development, 72Foster contains 101 units of affordable housing tailored to intergenerational families in SE Portland—the first of its kind in the city. The intergenerational focus informs the building’s close proximity to transit, the mix of studio to three-bedroom units, and the project’s sustainability and affordability goals. 72Foster serves residents earning approximately 60% of Median Family Income with twenty apartments set aside for Section 8 vouchers. Onsite programs and services will be provided through a partnership with the Asian Health & Service Center. The siting of the bulk of the building along SE Foster Road creates an urban streetwall that reflects the area&rsqu... More