Tiny eco-friendly student housing pops up in Sweden

by , 02/22/15

tengbom architects, tiny living, student housing, affordable housing, student units, eco-friendly housing, tiny apartments, cross-laminated wood, Virserum Art Museum, sweden

During the design process, Tengbom Architects collaborated with the students at the University of Lund to carefully tailor the new flat to student preferences. Each unit features a comfortable sleeping loft, kitchen, bathroom and even a small garden with a patio. An experiment in affordable student housing, the architects obtained special permission to have zoning minimums reduced from 25 square-meters to just 10 square-meters. This 40% reduction in building footprint would save students 50% in rent.

In addition to a tinier building footprint, these tiny structures also have a significantly reduced carbon footprint. With energy efficiency in mind, locally sourced cross-laminated wood was chosen as the primary construction material due to its renewable properties. Working with wood manufacturer Martinsons, the architects also devised an assembling technique that could be done on-site to reduce construction time.

The exhibit will be open to the public until December 8, 2013. In January of next year, 22 units will be built and ready for student move-in.

+ Tengbom Architects

Via Contemporist

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  1. Abdu El-Rhoul April 17, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    I can build you something like this. I think it will cost between 7.5K and 8.5K

  2. Tamra Scott-Hunt February 23, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    I’d love one of these as a guest house in my backyard. How much do they cost?

  3. LindaVF June 12, 2014 at 9:29 am

    I want one of these. Is someone making them and selling?

  4. cwestpain September 14, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    What type wood is used? From photo out appears birch or
    White pine?

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