Over the weekend, The New York Times' real estate magazine Key featured the L-shaped stackable home designs of Swiss architect Hans Zwimpfer. The concept, named Pile Up attempts to merge the "comforts of suburban living, with the convenience and ecological benefits of urban density"...
Each home is an L-shaped unit with flexible floor plans, made possible because the exterior walls of each "L" are the only load-bearing walls. The L-shape also allows every unit to have a second floor or double-height room, making the most of spaciousness and natural light.
These pictures of renderings, models and actual Pile Up projects help to demonstrate how Pile Up works at various scales, but all retain the "human scale" that Hans Zwimpfer was after. Check out the article from The New York Times: Housing Stack.
Images: Julian Faulhaber, Zwimpfer Partners