Sustainable Town Houses / C.F.Møller Architects


C. F. Møller Architects placed first in a competition to design eighteen sustainable town houses for , Stockholm. The town houses are part of a larger effort to convert the area of into a completely high-profile environmental area. The architectural expression of the residences finds inspiration in the neighboring cultural center and Husarviken, which flows into the archipelago, and the Stockholm National City Park. According to C.F. Møller, “The project makes it possible to live a modern life based on sustainable solutions.”

More about the winning proposal after the break.

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The 18 total buildings are broken into 5 different types which will be built as staggered modules. The staggering of the main volumes allows extra light to penetrate the narrow sites, and provides great views of the waterside for each unit with the potential for green terraces. Plus, the intelligent lighting, solar panels for heating, and heat recovery, in addition to the massing, will help minimize energy consumption.

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Green roofs will top each town house, which – along with a landscaped pond in the common yard – will collect rainwater, convert CO2, and provide a fertile ground for biodiversity.

Sustainability Diagram © C.F. Møller Architects

The main goal of the houses is to adapt to global climate changes, so that in 2030 the district will no longer make use of fossil fuels – and thereby not contribute to the emission of CO2. The energy consumption of the living units will not exceed 55 kWh/m²/year, including a maximum of 15 kWh/ m²/year used for electricity.

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The sustainable approach is continuous throughout the building life cycle – from construction phase to operational phase and a possible later decomposition phase.

Client \\ Byggnadsfirman Erik Wallin AB

Address \\ Norra Djurgaardsstaden, Stockholm, Sweden

Year of competition \\ 2010

Construction period \\ 2010-

Architect \\ C. F. Møller Architects | Berg Arkitektkontor

Prizes \\ 1st prize in competition

Cite: Cilento, Karen. "Sustainable Town Houses / C.F.Møller Architects" 18 Sep 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 23 May 2015. <>
  • Fira

    How does ‘the district will no longer make use of fossil fuels’ ?

    • Fira

      sorry, ignore my question. i was thinking in broader view, transportation and etc~ my bad.

  • mrSelden

    gorgeous units… yet i feel that if you’re going to use green roofs, they should be more functional. staggered modular housing should take advantage of green roofs by turning them into another unit’s yard. BIG knows how to do it best.

    • mrSelden

      granted, they are very different buildings with very different program requirments

    • chet

      Big proposal is a humongous monster, i see a lot of security and design issues, whereas this townhouses is slim but proper, just my opinion.

  • up_today_arch

    Formally it is sustainable… but… it is strong piece of urbanizm… to my opinion…

  • analia

    I like the design, very reminiscent of the Salk.

  • Rana Khoder

    It is new way of housing , he use the “l” shape to create a very unique shapes of buildings. I like how he solved the privacy issues, by made only one side of each apartment have windows. Also the plans of these houses are very functional, he distribute the function in very smart and comfortable way.