In 2006 White won the commission to design a residential building that combines an energy profile with a distinctive architecture, and highlights Uppsala’s importance as Sweden’s fourth largest city and education and research hub. The result – Frodeparken – is an energy milestone.
Integrated solar panels comprise the entire façade – a total of 1,800 panels – making it Scandinavia’s largest solar façade on a residential building, and signalling Uppsala’s reputation for solar cell research. The solar panels produce 70,000 kWh a year: enough to cover electricity for the elevators, lighting and ventilation; an economically successful outcome.
Visible from arriving trains, the curved building forms a 90 metre long arched screen alongside the railway and station. Frodeparken also has an urban elevation, facing Stationsgatan, and a green aspect along the lush Frodeparken, from which it gets its name.
A glass façade reveals the ground floor, which will accommodate shops and a preschool. Above are 70 dual-aspect apartments, with kitchen and living room facing the street and bedrooms and balconies on the quiet park side. At the top, like a shining lantern, is a common room for the residents.
- Client: Uppsala kommun / Uppsalahem
- Project Start/End: 2006-2013
- Completed: 2013
- City: Uppsala
- Photographer/Illustrator: Thomas Zaar
- Mats Egelius - ansvarig arkitekt
- Charlotta Wallander
- Mattias Nordström
- Stefan Rummel
- Marja Lundgren