Swedish design office Kjellander + Sjöberg were just tapped to design the first stage of the Skärvet neighborhood in Växjö, Sweden. The neighborhood is expected to become the starting point for the development of a sustainable urban community. The firm's proposal merges large housing blocks with green spaces and accommodates a diverse range of social groups – from students to the elderly.
The block is organized around a large, green park and offers different types of housing units – from smaller spaces for students to large apartments for big families with children. All were created to foster a socially sustainable context across multiple generations. Rental units, tenant-ownership units and rowed townhouses create a diverse ambience that blends perfectly into the natural surroundings.
Most buildings are clad in natural materials such as timber and are planned to generate more energy than they use. The local school features a lush roof garden but students also have access to the adjacent park. The entire neighborhood is a “space for play and community, characterized by greenery, nature and diversity.”