In Linköping a new district is built for the 2017 Swedish housing fair, Vallastaden. Here Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture has designed Sweden’s largest residential plus energy house to date. The solution means that the houses produce more energy than they use, the surplus is sold back to the grid. Solar cells on the roof provide the building with electricity. Because the Vallastaden district is brand new, it was natural for us to look to the old city for inspiration.
For the apartment building we looked at the beautiful window framings which are typical of the stone city, and which often varied from floor to floor. Our reinterpretation of the windows resulted in a modern variant with brass coloured frames in expanded metal. The house, which has a low cost profile is otherwise minimalistic in its design. The frames are combined with a natural white plaster facade where the stucco has a rougher texture on the first floor.