Prevention, not cure

Friday 17 Sep 2010

C. F. Møller Architects continues Sweden's eco-friendly approach to sustainable design with new green residential complex

Hammarby Sjöstad in Stockholm has gained recognition worldwide as a clear example of how a former industrial port area can be transformed into a sustainable urban development. Now Stockholm is planning yet another high-profile environmental area on the harbour-front called Norra Djurgaardsstaden, designed by C. F. Møller Architects.

The eighteen new town houses will be neighbouring a former gasworks, which will house the district’s cultural centre, as well as Husarviken - which flows into the archipelago - and the Stockholm National City Park. The architecture has been inspired by the gasworks’ red bricks and simple geometry and by the area’s green qualities.

The residences, five different types all in all, will be built as staggered modules - a solution creating unique homes with rich daylighting and splendid views of the waterside. The design also gives room to private outdoor spaces and terraces.

The aim of the Norra Djurgaardsstaden housing district is to adapt to global climate changes, so that by 2030 the district will no longer make use of fossil fuels. The energy consumption of the living units will not exceed 55 kWh/ sq m /year, including a maximum of 15 kWh/ sq m /year used for electricity.

The energy consumption will be minimised by means of the massing of the buildings, for example, the town houses are staggered in order to maximise daylight and have dense constructions. Also contributing are solutions such as intelligent lighting, solar panels for heating, and heat recovery.

Additionally, the town houses will encompass a green roof system with e.g. wild honeysuckle and herbs, which - along with a landscaped pond in the common yard - will collect rainwater, convert CO2, and provide a fertile ground for biodiversity.

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