by Michael Webb
Eight vibrantly colored steel and glass towers dance around a landscaped courtyard, exposing most of the living rooms to the outdoors, with a wall of bedrooms wrapped around three sides of the block. Each of the 27 apartments has a unique character, the block is self-sufficient in energy, and many functions — from heating to door locks — can be individually controlled by personal computer.
According to Moore Ruble Yudell, who partnered with the Swedish firm of SWECO FFNS Arkitekter AB to design a project called Tango, as their contribution to the 2001 housing exposition in Malmö, the project was named for its brilliant hues and dynamic body language.
The collaboration between the two architecture firms began in 1987, when an enlightened developer, MKB Fastighets, brought them together to design Potatisåkern, an upscale complex of 320 apartments, a fusion of California informality and Swedish tradition.
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This article is excerpted from Innovation in Sustainable Housing: Tango by Michael Webb, with permission of the publisher, Edizioni Press, Inc.
Tango, a housing project by Moore Ruble Yudell and SWECO FFNS Arkitekter AB in Malmö, Sweden.
Photo: Werner Huthmacher
Eight colored towers dance around a courtyard.
Image: Moore Ruble Yudell
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