Timber sets the tone

Nick Myall
21 Jul 2017

As WAN's Urban Challenge highlights, social housing continues to be high on the agenda for many European cities as demands for affordable housing continue to rise

The flats of tomorrow must present far more than their four walls can encompass. Besides attractive, functional and flexible rooms, the residential complex must offer better quality of life by weaving the lives of residents, the housing association and the town closer together, creating new synergies.

This multi-storey wood-construction housing complex, designed by C.F. Møller for Stockholm's new Hagastaden quarter, is intended to be a landmark in the new quarter, as well as an attractive destination for Stockholm's residents. Together with four other planned buildings, the multi-storey complex will be part of Norrtull, an attractive new public area of the city.

The multi-storey complex will welcome the city with, for example, a supermarket, café and restaurant, magazine library and large outdoor spaces. The complex will also give the city new visual experiences, including its timber structures, green rooftop terraces and a playground on one of the storeys, as well as a dynamic, varied façade that reflects the various types of flats behind it - ranging from student flats to urban villas and penthouse apartments.

The ground floor has a staffed lobby, with easy access to the housing association's many communal facilities, such as a kindergarten and workshops. A walk-in fridge for take-away meals and the opportunity to book bicycles and cars from the shared residents’ pool are some of many initiatives to make everyday life easier for residents - just as the fitness centre and laundry facilities are situated adjacent to each other, so that both can be used at the same time.

Come and see Rolf Nielsen from C.F. Møller talk at WAN's London Housing Symposium on Tuesday 12th September, where radical plans for London's housing crisis will be unveiled. Booking essential, here.


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