The single-family house, the jewel of the crown
of architecture since 19th century, constitutes
a fine and subtle transmissor and detector of
changes--by adopting the formal, technical and
theorical advances in architecture, but also by
being responsive to the social and cultural changes
of the times.
The house incorporates and reacts to the
mutations imposed by the globalization, the spread
of the new technologies and the environmental,
social and financial crisis from the 21st century.
In contraposition to the globalization, a new
approach arises to recover the traditional and
ancient building knowledge. In contraposition
to the single-family house for the highest socialclasses, comes that from lower classes, with
tight budgets, who do not want to give up their
Seemingly, in contraposition to an interior-oriented
habitat, the house opens itself to the exterior and
to the landscape. And lastly, in contraposition to
the environmental carelessness, the house seeks
and demands a low environmental footprint.
The postmodern house, exuberant, full of useless
devices, becomes obsolete; a more sustainable,
inexpensive home (but at the same time vibrant,
intrepid and evolved) is preferred today.
Projects by: MVRDV, Sou Fujimoto, OFFICE
KGDVS, Tato Architects, CLOUD 9, Andres
Jaque, Adjaye, Lacaton&Vassal, Pezo Von
Ellrichshausen, Rural Studio, LOHA, Amunt
Architects among others.show more