5468796 architecture: bloc 10
5468796 architecture: bloc 10 5468796 architecture: bloc 10
aug 09, 2012

5468796 architecture: bloc 10

‘bloc 10’ by 5468796, winnipeg, canada image © james brittain photography all images courtesy of 5468796

canadian firm 5468796 architecture has created a playful multi-family housing model in winnipeg, manitoba, which mixes several different types of living typologies within a flexible stack of volumes. ‘bloc 10’ is comprised of ten individual units, based on the ‘white-box’ concept where buyers choose the spaces, distributed amongst levels as per their desire, as basic dwellings with only plumbing and electricity. the result is a unique interlocking mesh of condominiums that reach from one end of the footprint to the other, with views in several directions and cantilevered walls that create offset overlapping balconies or extend rooms.

a central concrete core for vertical circulation consists of both public and private staircases that provide communication within and between houses. a modular steel structure branches out to allow the required flexibility in spatial distribution. wrapping the series of residences is a screen made up of evenly distributed wooden planks with several voids of different sizes and locations that protect intimate spaces from the outside while shading from the sun.

‘bloc 10’ has been shortlisted in the ‘housing’ category of the 2012 world architecture festival. see the complete list of this year’s nominated projects here.

5468796 architects will also be participating in the canada pavilion for the 2012 architectural biennale in venice; for a preview of the canadian pavilion, click here.

a versatile mix of housing units image © james brittain photography

view from the street image © james brittain photography

corner and entrances image © james brittain photography

overhanging screen system image © james brittain photography

entrance and sidewalk image © james brittain photography

exterior wood screen image © james brittain photography

view from the street image © james brittain photography

(left) exterior balcony image © lisa stinner (right) interior staircase

interior living room

component diagram

housing unit diagram

conceptual diagram

  • Look at Jean Nouvel architecture: hôtel de ville de Montpellier – France

    Nedir Benkhelifa says:
  • yes, but this is at a smaller scale

    I really like this project – it is definately urban in character but it’s scale keeps it “neighborly”

    dbkii says:
  • kinda like a prison to me

    Khanh Nguyen says:

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