SMALL Variations
12 projects
Housing and Urban Landscape
7 Projects
BIG Window to the Future
4 Projects

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SMALL Variations
A Center, a List, 3 S: the Tale of the Small_Diego Terna
Residence O_Andrea Tognon
Saint Anne’s Chapel_e|348 Arquitectura
Cube House_Shinichi Ogawa & Associates / urbanist architect
Gallery Aso_Architecture H
Sunset Chapel_BNKR Arquitectura
The Cube_5468796 Architecture
Tea House_David Jameson Architect
Hat Teahouse_A1 Architects
Tree House_Ravnikar Potokar Architectural Office
Refugium_Petra Gipp Arkitektur
Woodpile_Noa Biran + Roy Talmon
The Cross-gate_Ivo Pavlik

Housing and Urban Landscape
Domestic Landscapes_Marco Atzori
Mieres Social Housing_ZigZag Arquitectura
Social Housing Complex, Paris_Frédéric Schlachet Architecte
44 Social Housing_Magén Arquitectos
Monte Elbruz Building_Garduño Arquitectos
Timberyard Social Housing_O’Donnell + Tuomey
Siloetten_C. F. Møller Architects
Herb Garden Housing_Caramel Architekten

BIG Window to the Future
BIG Window to the Future_Michele Stramezzi
The Stockholmsporten Master Plan
The New Waste-to-Energy Plant
Greenland National Gallery
West 57th

SMALL Variations


A Center, a List 3 S: the Tale of the Small
In 1995, Rem Koolhaas fixed the coordinates of the architectural survey around four words, S, M, L, XL, changing the trajectory of the critic, which will find in the size of the buildings new cues for analysis. The two extremes of the proposal, small and extra-large, in particular, have significantly influenced the projects of recent years.
In the text that follows, we will try to fix some coordinates within the sort of "smal"”, further subdivided into three categories: Single, Sophisticated, and Sculptural. Around the concept of small, Kim Ki Duk's movies, the works of Marc Angeli, Carlo Mollino’s drawings, and the crazy lists of Borges will help us to give consistency to the analysis of the small dimension, accomplished microcosm within which complex events perform. Written by Diego Terna

Housing and Urban Landscape


Domestic Landscapes
Social housing is a complex field of research in architecture even today, especially given the use to which architects are now seeking to put the discipline as a tool in investigating changes in contemporary society. In the most advanced case studies and projects the most interesting phenomenon seems to be the evolving interpretation by architects of the combination of a functional program with an intention to emphasize the processes marking the interaction between the object, the city, and landscape scales.
In fact, in analyzing the 7 projects here proposed, we note the presence of a component (related to the scale) that converts all into landscape projects: They are all systems able to take architecture beyond the status of mere object, making it a tool for changing the urban landscape.
We may also observe two investigation lines: the profound rethinking of typologies, and certain changes in the contemporary configuration of the urban block. The projects by C. F. Møller Architects, O’Donnell & Tuomey and Caramel Architekten illustrate deep changes in the concepts of typology and the composition of collective housing. At the same time the works of Garduño Arquitectos, Magén Arquitectos, ZigZag Arquitectura and Frédéric Schlachet Architecte emphasize relationships with the void as they create new hierarchies in the use of the city’s public and semi-public spaces.
In this way the new forms of dwellings and social housing are among the most important parameters in understanding how the contemporary city works. Written by Marco Atzori