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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

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