Dutch design studio Shift Architecture Urbanism prides itself on the ability to shift spaces into “something better, smarter, or more beautiful,” Oana Rades told AN Interior. “We are modifiers that create new and unexpected forms of order” on both the urban and the architectural scale. Their latest project, Domus Houthaven, is a 235-unit apartment complex which does just that. Prioritizing efficient, compact, and playful living alongside shared amenities, the project is a response to a growing number of single and two-person households instead of larger, more traditional familial arrangements.
Located on the northwest edge of Amsterdam’s Houthaven, the city’s first port, the residential block is also part of an ongoing redevelopment process which has been advertised as the city’s first climate-neutral district. Future iterations of Domus Living—“a concept by Synchroon, Shift Architecture Urbanism, and …,Staat Creative Agency,” according to its website—will include affordable rentals and carbon-reducing construction methods, Rades noted.
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