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  3. Kjellander + Sjöberg's Swedish Urban Block to Increase "Civic Dialogue"

Kjellander + Sjöberg's Swedish Urban Block to Increase "Civic Dialogue"

Kjellander + Sjöberg's Swedish Urban Block to Increase "Civic Dialogue"
Kjellander + Sjöberg's Swedish Urban Block to Increase "Civic Dialogue", Courtesy of Kjellander + Sjöberg
Courtesy of Kjellander + Sjöberg

Kiruna, Sweden’s northernmost town, made international headlines last year when it was announced that the entire town would be relocated two miles to the east due to mining operations by the state-controlled company. Now, the first phase of the Kiruna square redevelopment is set to commence with a design by Stockholm-based Kjellander + Sjöberg for an urban block of housing units around the town’s central square.

Kjellander + Sjöberg, along with development group Skanska, won a competition held by Kiruna Municipality for the square's regeneration. Under the moniker Fjällbäcken, the urban block responds to the idiosyncratic subarctic climate in a manner the architects describe as "sustainable in the long term." When realized, the 2000m2 housing development will have 90 apartments and feature a host of sustainable solutions. Onsite rainwater management facilities are incorporated into the project's planning, alongside provisions for green space and ecofriendly heating and cooling systems.

Learn more about the project and view selected images after the break.

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Courtesy of Kjellander + Sjöberg
Courtesy of Kjellander + Sjöberg

Kiruna is subject to extreme weather, particularly during the Swedish winter, a design constraint to which Kjellander + Sjöberg have paid close attention. The irregular, enclosed shape of the overall block is optimized to withstand large snow and wind loads, and roofs designed for minimum snow retention and maximum resistance to deflection.

Local timber and masonry materials are to be used in the project's construction and cladding, allowing the resulting urban block "to preserve and further develop the local identity".

Courtesy of Kjellander + Sjöberg
Courtesy of Kjellander + Sjöberg

Kjellander + Sjöberg hope that the completed project will provide "seasonal social meeting places...for all generations". Masterplans of the project delineate spaces for various snow sports and other recreational activities, and a central public staircase connecting the block to the Kiruna Square proper is transformed into a ski slope under fallen snow.

Courtesy of Kjellander + Sjöberg
Courtesy of Kjellander + Sjöberg

The project is part of a multi-stage renewal of Kiruna Square, which like the rest of the township has been moved 3km east as a result of ground fractures caused by ore mining. Our previous coverage of the relocation can be found here.

  • Architects

  • Location

    Kiruna, Sweden
  • Architect in Charge

    Stefan Sjöberg
  • Design Team

    Pontus Nilsson, Joel Yngvesson, Alessandro Macaluso
  • Area

    2000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: Patricia Arcilla. "Kjellander + Sjöberg's Swedish Urban Block to Increase "Civic Dialogue"" 28 Feb 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/603970/kjellander-sjoberg-s-swedish-urban-block-to-increase-civic-dialogue/> ISSN 0719-8884