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After completing several successful projects under its own management, White now have constructed an innovative building containing owner-occupied apartments in Koggens Gränd in the Western Harbour district of Malmö. A new form of tenure which, in short, takes the best features of house ownership and transfers them to apartment form. For White this is an opportunity to enrich and renew the Swedish housing market.

Because White is acting as both architect and client on the project, we were able to try out new concepts, energy systems and construction technologies, thus driving forward development within the construction industry. The aim is to choose long-term solutions that minimize maintenance requirements. Essentially, it is all about creating a building that has to cope with the climate in the Öresund Region and that also means low running-costs for its owners. The entire building has achieved the industry’s very highest environmental standard.

The intention is for the building to make a coherent, robust impression, while at the same time being playful and dynamic. We achieve this by having a distinct framework of white concrete, defining each individual apartment’s balcony, and by varying storey heights; internal ceiling heights vary between 2.70m and 4.40m. The material used for balcony façades is timber panelling treated with ferrous sulphate with various patterns, further strengthening the experience of each apartment having its own individual exterior profile. All openings onto the large balconies are in the form of French windows, consciously positioned to provide maximum flexibility concerning floorplans; all of the apartments can be unique.

Koggens Gränd

  • Client: White
  • Project Start/End: 2009-2012
  • Completed: 2012
  • Area/Size: Apartment sizes 44–123 m²
  • Apartments / Rooms: 31 apartments
  • Cost: about 115 million SEK
  • Energy Use: around 40 kWh/m²/year
  • City: Malmö
  • Photographer/Illustrator: White



  • Maud Karlström - ansvarig
  • James Reader
  • Rebecka Wijk
  • Daniel Borrie
  • Bernt Borgestig
  • Jenny Nordius Stålhamre
  • Niels de Bruin
  • Mattias Lind
  • Anna Graaf
  • Nadja Lindhe

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