Each of the 50 cards measures 13 by eight centimetres and features a city housing block built between 2000 to 2017. The floor plan of the residential building is illustrated on front, while the rear side displays the plan of a unit inside.
Although seemingly a game, 50 Housing Floor Plans is intended as a resource for architects to compare the different designs, including levels of privacy and “exterior-ness”, which denotes the relationship to the outdoors.
“[The aim is] to disseminate the good qualities of the collective housing in which we would like to live, through built projects floor plans,” A+T Research Group told Dezeen. “It is not a pack of playing cards. It is a pack for better living.”
“The reduced size and individual format mean that it is possible to lay out the 50 floor plans proposed in the pack all at once,” the group continued. “This means that the architect can compare, order and disorder the cards so as to select the ones which best adapt to the project.”
An off-white background, along with muted tones of red, brown and green, give the cards a retro aesthetic, while all the information is simplified to make them easy to read.
Rather than using the project name, each card is titled according to the form of the floor plan of the featured housing scheme. Examples include Z-shape, Butterfly, Spine, Empty Circle and Cactus.
The floor plans, which are scaled at 1:1000 for the building and 1:300 for the single residence, are flanked by rulers that mark metres on one side and feet on the other.
A scale at the top of the card features bars of Lowest, Low, Moderate, High and Highest to denote the levels privacy and “exterior-ness”. Final scores are shown in bold, with privacy marked in red on the front and “exterior-ness” displayed in green on the rear.