Viaduct housing - the artery of the city​ By Damien Graham & Jane Redmond​​

Viaduct housing - the artery of the city​

By Damien Graham & Jane Redmond​​

In a way, viaducts act as the arteries of our cities, moving people through to their chosen destinations. They weave their way through the city’s fabric and become an important part of the urban realm. However, over time as a city’s landscape continues to adapt and evolve, some viaducts can become redundant giving way to newer, more efficient routes. What happens to these landmarks when they no longer have a pulse? 

A lot of the time these viaducts are left as remnants, and become a scar in the landscape. In recent times there has been an upsurge in proposals in how to deal with this problem, with High Line in New York being the most recognised. However, unlike the other proposals which are largely public walkways or parks, This projects seeks to address the more prevalent issue of housing shortages. 

In regards to this competition the chosen site is Viaduc des arts in Paris, however it doesn’t have to be site specific, and the concept can apply to other cities. The site is currently used a walkway however by introducing a series of micro-dwellings using a Metsawood Kerto LVL system it can not only retain the walkway but will hopefully also go some way in dealing with the issues raised in the competition’s brief.​


City Above the City architecture competition

Plan B : City Above the City architecture competition 

Metsä Wood challenged architects and students around the world to push the boundaries of modern wood building design in the urban environment. Entrants from 40 countries created their Plan B to urbanisation using wood (Kerto® LVL – laminated veneer lumber) as the main material. The task was to design a wooden extension to an existing urban building. The entries were designed to 69 cities worldwide.

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