On behalf of the construction company Byggnadsfirman Erik Wallin AB, Sweco’s architects have designed the Vårvetet residential development in Hagsätra, a suburb of Stockholm. The development creates a densification along Gällerstagränd and ties together the residential areas of Ormkärr in Hagsätra and Stuvsta in Huddinge.
Location: Hafsätra, Stockholm
Client: Byggnadsfirman Erik Wallin AB
Completed in: 2016
Disciplines: Architecture, Landscape Architecture
Responsible Architect: Anna Markström
In the project, architects at Sweco have designed 17 newly built 137-square metre link-detached houses containing four rooms and a kitchen. The entrances and driveways to the houses face Gällerstagränd and each house has a forecourt with a hedge towards the street. The homes are linked together via a pergola roof under which each household has space for two cars. The more private back gardens are located in the southwest and border on natural, undeveloped land.
The houses' long sides are covered in horizontal glulam panel of the same shade as the roofs, which creates a feeling that the roofs are running down along the long side facades. The facades towards the nature and street consist of standing wood panel in a naturally greyed wood stain that takes up the theme from the wood houses in Huddinge. On the ground floor, the kitchen and family room form an open conduit between the back and street sides. In the center of the house lies the stairway, which is reinforced mid-way with an opening in the intermediate floor that provides a connection between the two levels. The upper floor contains the bedrooms and an open all purpose room.
The architects' greatest challenge in the assignment has been to adapt the densification according to the surroundings, where far-reaching consideration has been given to the flora and fauna and human movements in the natural environment.