With a focus on apartment complexes, Mark #67 sheds light on high-rise residential towers in big cities. Featured projects located in Nantes, Frankfurt and Antwerp show that living in communal dwellings doesn’t have to be a monotonous experience.

An airship has landed. Gulliver – named, of course, after one of the most famous characters in utopian literature – has arrived in Prague 7, the up-and-coming art district of the Czech capital. Hut’ Architektury, the firm responsible, created the new space as a public hotspot for literature and it just so happens to have dropped in on top of DOX Contemporary Art Centre, as well as the front cover of this issue of Mark.

We stick around in Europe to visit Snøhetta’s latest museum in Montignac. The architects created a 3D computer model to recapture the magic of the Lascaux caves – which have been closed to the public since 1963 – turning the result into a smooth and narrow series of exhibits that plays on the senses with 900-s-qm of replicas. It’s an exciting and clever solution if you really want to check out the cave experience without getting potentially stuck underground in the damp.

Across the pond, Mark talks to Zoë Prillinger and Luke Ogrydziak of San Francisco-based office OPA about three projects that were completed towards the end of 2016. Zoë describes any good project as ‘ideas rising from the goo of the unconscious’ and the angular, mutated forms of the private residences are no exception to the firm’s process of imposing a story.

In other news: Herzog & de Meuron’s first public building in Italy is a dramatically elongated form which encompasses a research centre and offices; a house in Massachusetts has been designed as a prototype for a novel system of prefabrication; and a year after completion, the formerly red façade of Woha’s Oasia hotel in Singapore is taking on a life of its own – literally.

Cross Section
Herzog & de Meuron; Hut’ Atchitektury; Stephane Ceretti; DeBartolo; Mopet; Folien-Fabrik; OMA / Barcode; TD Architects; Plural; Muoto; Mutar Estudio; Arkpabi

Perspective: Apartment Complexes
• Berranger & Vincent has includes a wealth of housing types in its latest apartment tower
• Meixener Schlüter Wendt’s vertical residential community combines apartments and terraced houses in an array of sizes
• Polo and Meta provide the Port of Antwerp with urban density

Long Section
• OPA takes cues from the disparate qualities of daily existence
• Snøhetta devised a surrogate for caves that can no longer be visited
• Woha’s Oasia hotel in downtown Singapore sticks out in many ways. Ecologically, for one
• Nick Leavy is the rare architect whose work spans the real world, games and film
• Studio Velocity designs buildings that have meaning beyond the limits of the plot they’re on
• Narch’s house in Calders shows that architectural thinking can be employed to make architecture more affordable
• Ensamble Studio built a house using polystyrene foam, galvanized steel studs and cement board
• Mimi Zeiger sees a future for slow criticism