Modular construction and small-scale densification of suburbs is a core issue that REALARCHITEKTUR architectural practice has focussed on for over ten years.
During the course of the “TenstaBo 06” national construction exhibition back in 2006, possibilities to densify and upgrade a Stockholm suburb were investigated. The winning competition entry for a residential complex submitted by Petra Petersson, REALARCHITEKTUR, Head of the Institute of Construction and Design Principles at TU Graz, was presented on site and utilised by the housing association and the City of Stockholm to establish contact with residents and potential users.
That, in turn, led to a co-operation between REALARCHITEKTUR and the housing developer Familjebostäder in the form of a housing construction project that was completed in 2014 in Hägersten, a suburb of Stockholm. The project encompassed a children’s day-care facility and 38 dwelling units, 50% of which were let by a municipal housing association and 50% of which were sold by a private estate agency to a homeowners’ alliance. The project, which consists of four types of houses with recurrent basic modules, was built prefab concrete construction. Having been published several times, the project was nominated in 2015 as one of Stockholm’s top ten architecture projects.
An additional building at the entrance to the residential complex accommodates the children’s day-care facility. The new residential buildings face a heritage-protected residential complex for workers of the Ericsson factory, an early example of modern housing construction in Sweden. In view of Stockholm’s shortage of housing space, it seems that the city’s underdeveloped fringe areas, most of which were built between 1930 and 1970, could offer a promising opportunity to design a new type of suburb. Inspiration for the project’s design was drawn from the Scandinavian small town typology with its dense perimeter block development consisting of one to two-storey houses without front gardens, directly fronting the street, and thus creating an urban character.
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Gullberg, Anders. 2006. Tensta utanför mitt fönster: ingang till TenstaBo og. Stockholmia förlag. Stockholm.
Project: Kransbindarvägen , Stockholm
Architects: REALARCHITEKTUR Prof. Petra Petersson Architektin BDA
Staff: Kerstin Zahn, Henning Watkinson, Gordon Black, Felix Arlt, Julia Molles, Bärbel Ackermann
Service phases 1 to 5
Clients: Familjebostäder, Besqb und SISAB
Specialised planning: Byggkonsulten Widberg AB, Riba AB, Belkab AB, LL Mark, H. Örnhall
Gross floor area housing: 6,190 m²
Photographs: Felix Odell