Stockholm Stacked / Visiondivision


Our friends from Visiondivision have envisioned a creative solution to respond to ’s lack of housing.  While the city is growing rapidly, the pace of new construction for residences is quickly falling behind demand.  Due to this lack of housing, the core of has grown to be defined by expensive apartments, while the outer edges for those who can’t afford such prices.  For Stacked, Visiondivision responds to this segregated city by proposing a change in planning regulations to eliminate height restrictions on courtyard typologies, so as to utilize the urban spaces for efficiently and effectively.   After all, “Who wants to move to a city where it is impossible to get an apartment? Which companies wants to invest in a city where their employees may have a hard time to find a place to stay? Which exchange students wants to study in a city where all the free time available will go to find a small flat with a decent rent?” asks the firm.

More about the project after the break.

“Instead of building in the outskirts of the city we propose to build where most people actually wants to live,” explained the team.

© Visiondivision

The housing solution calls for the existing buildings that are facing the streets to be kept untouched, and a new housing tower will shoot up from the courtyard space.  The new court yard buildings will have typical Stockholm facades, sampling the surrounding area’s architecture. “We propose a new way of looking at the city, which at a first glance from the street looks already complete and finished, but that actually hides over hundreds of new potential sites in the inner city,” explained the designers.

View from Stacked balcony © Visiondivision
Visiondivison sees this new dense city as a way to better the urban environment, as the new houses can benefit the surrounding tenants (with, for example a garage, a gym and a roof top terrace), sell for a lower rent to bring a more diverse group of citizens to the city, and create the need for more museums, libraries, restaurants, cafés, and the like for people to meet.
© Visiondivision
“With a larger density of people also comes a wider range of things to do… The result will be a better Stockholm for everyone; a Stockholm Stacked.”
Gamla Stan © Visiondivision
Cite: Cilento, Karen. "Stockholm Stacked / Visiondivision" 11 Jun 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 18 Sep 2014. <>


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    Great idea but I wouldn’t stick to the existing facade typologies. Anyways now you can look forward to a public beheading from the citizens of Stockholm. They like their beige homogeneous surroundings untouched.

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    What a childlike and misguided proposition. Sure; the problem is valid, and so is the vertical stacking/densification response… but the execution is without thought and honestly a little scary. Surly we can think about a solution for more than 5 seconds that doesn’t involve SimCity style cut and paste? Is this just chasing headlines?

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      My first thought of the more “artistic” renderings is that they look like cover art on a cheap sci-fi/apocalyptic paperback.

      It is odd that the idea is to work with the existing aesthetic but result is an odd mishmash that is so distracting that the existing aesthetic is lost. I’ve seen much more interesting ways to “build up” by building on..

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    I would not mind at all the default configuration of Stockholm changing it`s own constraints. Why are we looking all the time for typological aberrations. Are these scenarios Neo-PostModern? Maybe?!

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    This is pathetic! There´s been proposals before sugesting highrises in Stockholm, those proposals were tons of times better than this garbage but still went down in flames.
    This is kindergarten work! I apologize to the kindergarteners.

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    I think it looks cool. The stockholm facades is quite pastich but looking at all other new architecture in stockholm I see the humor in it.

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      Thanks for the satire clarification. I guess not many people got the joke. I hope you follow this up with a proposal that demonstrates “wonderful, Stockholm-esque urban fabric”.

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    Satire! Been a while since I laughed so hard. Have you seen their other stuff?
    This is not, in any way or form, even close to being a valid way to approach the problems of the cities.
    These kind of proposals should not see daylight, end of story!!

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    This is a good proposal, they might have pushed the thing to the extreme but thats just good for the debate, the idea is great.

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    “Instead of building in the outskirts of the city we propose to build where most people actually wants to live,” explained the team… There is a tiny, little problem. After transforming the region where people actually want to live in such a way people will most probably no more desire to live there.

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