The Apple Orchard.
A once monotonous suburban development in the west of Gothenburg is now transformed into a residential area distinctive with variation and communal green areas.
At Äppelträdgården (The Apple Orchard), apartment buildings designed with atriums are mixed with alleyways lined by high quality row-houses with private patios. The development is an enormously successful example of the type of densification strategy that is often discussed in public debate.
The process began with the question of how to create highly desirable homes on an empty plot of land with no identity. Äppelträdgården is the result of a successful collaborative venture between White and F O Peterson with White taking the roles of both architect and client. Implementing a holistic concept means that, for this project, we have put architecture and long-term running costs ahead of short-term economics. Because of our extended responsibilities, we have gathered additional insight about the building process, project economics and the construction market – all to the great benefit of our customers and future architectural commissions.
In June 2011, residents moved into the first phase which comprises seven freestanding, two-storey atrium townhouses and twelve rental townhouses. In total, approximately 75 homes have been planned to be completed in two phases.
One of the fundamental qualities of Äppelträdgården is the contact the homes have to green exterior spaces. Lower floors have direct garden access while windows frame exterior views showing life in a safe outdoor environment; we have created houses that “converse” with their surroundings thus contributing to an increased sense of security in the neighbourhood. A variation in colour on the atrium homes produces an impression of individualism. Façade and roof are covered with fibre cement sheets that are especially visually appealing and offer protection against wind and weather.
The buildings maintain a high sustainability profile with an environmental class at the Gold Level by the standards of ”Miljöbyggnad”, the Swedish environmental building classification system. Additionally, Äppelträdgården received the “Bostadpriset 2011” which is the highly coveted housing award given by the Swedish Association of Architects every two years to reward a current residential building or complex of high architectural standard.
The Apple Orchard
- Client: KB Skolmössan (FO Peterson & Söner Byggnads AB and White arkitekter AB)
- Project Start/End: 2009-2011
- Completed: 2011
- City: Göteborg
- Photographer/Illustrator: Kalle Sanner and Hans Wretling
- Mikael Stenqvist - Lead Architect
- Thomas Landenberg - Lead Architect
- Lars Zackrisson
- Sam Keshavarz
- Karin Palm
- Thomas Samuelson
- Anna Graaf
- Nadja Lindhe
- Kajsa Sperling