Architectslab Converts a 1920s Pyrex Depot Into a Modern Apartment Warehouse

In Molenbeek, Belgium, Architectslab converted a 1920s Pyrex depot into a modern apartment building. This Project was awarded Best Apartment in the Architizer A+ International Awards and was named Best Home Design in the 2013 Don’t Move, Improve! Awards. While the project’s aesthetic is purely contemporary, the resulting interiors are surprisingly sophisticated. In fact, the apartments are more spacious than the original Pyrex buildings, and the space is more modern than ever.

Project won Best Apartment in the Architizer A+ International Awards

The SABO project won two Architizer A+ Awards, including the Jury prize and the Popular Choice Award. The firm’s work is recognized around the world, and its success is largely due to the talented work of its founder, Alexandre Delaunay. A graduate of Columbia University’s GSAPP, Delaunay also holds a Diplome d’Architecture from the EAPB in France. He is also a Fulbright scholar and has taught at the NYIT School of Architecture and Parsons School of Design.

Another UB architecture project recently took home prizes from the Architizer A+ awards program, as well. The Project 2XmT, a super-thin steel tower in Buffalo’s Silo City, won the Popular Choice Award and Jury Award. The team’s work was praised for embracing new fabrication technologies and incorporating them into the design process. The jury praised the firm’s innovative use of super-thin steel, and the building’s unique shape has made it a popular choice among many.

Best Home Design in the 2013 Don’t Move, Improve! Awards

The Don’t Move, Improve! Awards celebrate the best in home improvement and domestic design, and this year’s competition was won by Studio Ben Allen’s House Recast. This project is the overall winner among 22 shortlisted entries, proving that this practice is truly pushing the boundaries of home design. For more information, check out the competition website or download a PDF of the winning projects. The competition’s website offers free advice and inspiration to Londoners looking to make some improvements.

The winners of the 2013 Don’t Move, Improve! Awards were announced on a weekly basis. Each week, a different category was awarded a prize. The Cloistered Houses in Lambeth won the Urban Oasis prize and two and a half story house in Hackney won the Compact Design prize. The Council House Renovation in Southwark was also a joint winner in the Compact Design category. Finally, the WFH Design of the Year went to the Terrazzo Studio in Hackney.