Erik Engdahl, “Exercise 0.1”, Rising Above It All

DW0107_NZWELLING-01                                                                    Dwell is one of my favorite magazines on design.  And with it's complimentary web page it is a great source of information and inspiration.  In my latest visit to the site I came across this article on urban renewal in New Zealand.  Which has always peaked my interest,  making that which is old new again.  In the article it shows how new apartments were added to older buildings, in older neighborhoods, on the roofs no less.  One can see that the new architecture is juxtaposed to that of its host yet all seeming to create a new whole.

Comments (7)

  1. I also love Dwell! Sounds like an interesting. It’s refreshing to see new construction added to an old building.

  2. Seems like an interesting insight to urban renewal projects. Wasn’t able to read the article because the link was not available. Nonetheless, the idea of “making that which is old, new again” has always been a head-turner for me as well. I’m intrigued to visit the site now and peek around. Thanks, man.

  3. I think it’s interesting that adding new units on top of existing ones is referred to as urban renewal. Wouldn’t urban addition be a better suit?

  4. The apartments look very intriguing, yet I could imagine that the expenses are high if one were to live there. Great article.

  5. When you think of new architecture you generally think of new buildings being constructed on their own site, so it’s pretty interesting to see someone thinking outside the box like this. looking at the roofs of existing buildings in cities as possible sites for new construction could open up so many possibilities.

  6. Interesting article. I like the idea for a couple reasons: (1) The juxtaposition between the older building and the newer addition creates visual interest to an otherwise ordinary-looking building/street, and (2) Adding new apartments on top of older buildings (as opposed to building new ones on the ground) preserves land that could be used for something else.

  7. I was not aware of Dwell before now. Thanks for sharing this. I plan on making Dwell part of my architecture readings. I am sure with ground level space becoming scarcer and scarcer, building on top of existing building will be common in the future.

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