Kjellander Sjöberg nominated for the Housing Prize 2016 by Architects Sweden
The project Fittja Terraces has been nominated for the Housing Prize 2016, annually awarded by Architects Sweden, with the motivation: “The design shows a possible way of working with standardized building elements – an affordable construction method selected in order to give locals possibilities to own their own dwellings. The architectural expression and the local plan are both designed to endorse future additions and the residents can influence the layout and number of rooms in their homes.
The project Fittja Terraces represents the area’s first new production of housing for the selling market and is a welcomed addition to the large existing rental housing stock built in the 1970’s. The new buildings create a clearly integrated lively strip between the local centre and Fittja Äng further down towards the water. The environment becomes a small-scale urban addition with social opportunities, emphasizing variation and a rich diversity of housing types and sizes.
The Housing Prize is issued annually by Architects Sweden, rewarding recently completed residential projects of high architectural quality. The jury takes into consideration living qualities, good execution processes, tradition and international influence as well as how technical innovations are designed. The aim is to stimulate and broaden the knowledge of excellent residential projects in Sweden.
Fittja Terraces offers alternative form of housing in terms of size, price and quality, and strives for creating opportunities for a housing career locally. The broadness and diversity is created through focusing on small apartments, bigger households with many rooms for large families and possibilities for multigenerational homes in the area. The project proved to be very popular – all dwellings were sold to mainly local residents in a very short time.
Through a deliberate focus on mixing different sizes of households, types of accommodation and by providing a complement to the area’s homogeneous nature – in terms of both content and architecture – Fittja Terraces are a step towards social sustainability in Botkyrka.