23 apartment units at Bo01
Client: MKB Fastighets AB
1st prize, SAR’s Housing Award 2001.
Everything that goes on in this building relates to the sea.
Living 20 metres from a sea with dramatic mood swings makes for a full life – one of give and take for both people and buildings. Big windows open up the rooms to the elements outside, the stairs move towards the horizon and the very structure, with its solid walls, stands fast as a breakwater. No balconies punctuate the wall, but courtyard and rooftop have sheltered spots for sun worship. The building conforms to the precinct plan created for the 2001 housing expo, while the section with transverse two-storey flats breaches the conventions of apartment blocks. The design is based on a limited – but clear – number of approaches. Mirroring the plan brings out a variation on the elevations. The deep relief of the low wing building, whose window recesses are cut like perspective lines from the wall mass, stands out against the tall block’s smooth elevation. A play between the formal and the informal has been striven for at all levels, from the town plan to details.