Housing Stockholm

Based on the modular town house system developed by Realarchitektur for a collective housing project in Tensta, we have designed further low rise high density housing for different sites in Stockholm and the surrounding suburbs.

The first project, on Kransbindarvägen in Hägersten, Stockholm, has around 40 units spread over 4 buildings. An additional building at the entrance to the project houses a nursery. Construction of the project started in 2012. The project borders a housing development originally built for workers at the Ericsson factory. It is good early example of Swedish modernist housing and is therefore a conservation area.

The buildings in the new housing project have been conceived with a set of 4 different unit types, ranging from two storey 4 room flats to three storey 5 room flats. The units are placed at different heights on the sloping site and combine to form larger buildings. The buildings proportions and locations relate to the existing housing area. All flats are accessed from the street by external stairs and ramps. In addition to the terrace on the first floor each unit has a small back garden facing the woods.

The housing shortage in Stockholm as well as the partly underdeveloped suburbs, mainly built from the 1930s to the 1970s, give a great opportunity for creating a new type of suburban character. The standardised houses can be built at low cost. The multiple modules allow for a creative response to the surroundings. The aim is to use the townhouse structure to allow small scale individual houses and still create homogeneous large scale buildings.

The masterplan for Kransbindarvägen was presented in December 2009.
Construction started in 2012 and was completed in 2014.
team REALARCHITEKTUR: Petra Petersson, Kerstin Zahn, Gordon Black, Felix Arlt, Henning Watkinson, Julia Molles
Clients: Familjebostäder and Besqab.
Photographs by Felix Odell (www.felixodell.com)