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Kjellander + Sjöberg's Winning Design Provides Sustainable Urban Living in Malmö, Sweden

Kjellander + Sjöberg's Winning Design Provides Sustainable Urban Living in Malmö, Sweden
Kjellander + Sjöberg's Winning Design Provides Sustainable Urban Living in Malmö, Sweden, "It Takes a Block" Proposal. Image Courtesy of Kjellander + Sjöberg
"It Takes a Block" Proposal. Image Courtesy of Kjellander + Sjöberg

Stockholm-based firm Kjellander + Sjöberg (K+S) won the Swedish division of the Nordic Built Cities Challenge 2016 with their vision to transform Sege Park, Malmö into a socially sustainable residential hub. Their project "It Takes a Block" uses climate-smart and economically varied housing models to test architecture's capability to foster sustainable living. The proposal was developed in association with students from Lund University and Danish landscape architecture firms BOGL and Sted.

"It Takes a Block" Apartment System. Image Courtesy of Kjellander + Sjöberg
"It Takes a Block" Apartment System. Image Courtesy of Kjellander + Sjöberg

The design responds to the critical need for urban density in Swedish cities by providing 800 compact apartment units across the 40,000 square meter site. Despite the high density and block arrangement, the scheme contains a multitude of shared spaces and open, unprogrammed communal zones. These areas are intended to act as points of shared knowledge and resources, consolidating waste and fostering a greater sense of community interaction within the complex. 

"It Takes a Block" Standard Apartment. Image Courtesy of Kjellander + Sjöberg
"It Takes a Block" Standard Apartment. Image Courtesy of Kjellander + Sjöberg

The proposal intertwines typologically variant apartment types with public program, with the intention of creating "rich socioeconomic variation." Careful consideration of the existing environment will further this variation by creating conscious links to integrate the new development into its surroundings. The new building stock is proposed to "organically grow" from the existing 1930s buildings and parklands, creating a diverse new urban neighbourhood.

"The starting point of the design has been the fact that the long-term sustainability is ensured by providing opportunities for residents to engage and interact with their local environment," K+S said of their design.

"It Takes a Block" Duplex Apartment. Image Courtesy of Kjellander + Sjöberg
"It Takes a Block" Duplex Apartment. Image Courtesy of Kjellander + Sjöberg

K+S are currently engaged in several multi-residential projects across Sweden, including a new civic block in Kiruna, which applies similar approaches to climatic control and community-centric planning. The practice's interest in sustainability, visible across their portfolio, has been further explored at this year's Venice Biennale.

The overall winner of the Nordic Built Cities Challenge will be announced in November. K+S are one of six winners vying for the top honor, with the other projects dotted throughout the Nordic countries, in sites such as Trygve Lies plass in Oslo, Norway; Karsnes harbour in Kopavogur, Iceland; and Hans Tavsens Park and Korsgade in Copenhagen, Denmark

"It Takes a Block" Exploded Axonometric. Image Courtesy of Kjellander + Sjöberg
"It Takes a Block" Exploded Axonometric. Image Courtesy of Kjellander + Sjöberg

Learn more about the Nordic Built Cities competition, here.

News Via Kjellander + Sjöberg.

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Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: Lauren Crockett. "Kjellander + Sjöberg's Winning Design Provides Sustainable Urban Living in Malmö, Sweden" 28 Jun 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/789945/kjellander-plus-sjobergs-winning-design-provides-sustainable-urban-living-in-malmo-sweden/> ISSN 0719-8884