Salongen 35 is a stylish grouping of four passive apartments in Malmo, Sweden that embrace a diverse range of ecological solutions while remaining thoroughly in harmony with the local style. The project is Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture's latest passive house development - the design won a competition held by the City of Malmo in 2009 to build on the final remaining plot within its bo01 housing exhibit. Salongen 35 is the last project in the development, which opened in 2001 to revitalize an industrial area of Southern Sweden while showcasing a densely populated sustainable development embracing a range of environmental adaptations and solutions.
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The building regulations of bo01 required the architects to embrace a “diversity of function, lush greenery and front line ecological solutions,” all elements familiar throughout Joakim Kaminsky and Maria Poll‘s previous work — the duo and their firm, KKA, have been behind some of the most exciting and creative projects to come from Sweden in recent years, with works ranging from a passive visitors center and city museum to a mirrored installation envisioning the life-cycle of a forest.
Salongen 35 is a small scale, efficient, entirely liveable development. The four passive house apartments are contained within structures that reference the traditional fabric and remain visually in step with the surrounding city. They carefully incorporate a number of features including small, carefully placed windows fitted with exterior blinds allowing the home to be insulated from the sun’s warmth during summer, but also to be warmed during the cold winter months.
Open plan rooms and minimal clean lines allow the apartments to remain light-filled, with an array of interior fittings to maximize efficiency throughout the homes. Appliances are ‘A’ rated for minimum energy consumption, while water consumption is reduced through wastage-reducing taps and gray water treatment capacity. Recycled and sustainable materials were utilized throughout the homes, with salvaged terracotta tile paving the entrance, kitchen and laundry floors, while the remaining floors are comprised of locally sourced pine.
The rooftop spaces are green roofs which provide insulation while allowing for a peaceful, private garden oasis within the brick-lined streets, while flower boxes, lawn areas and green walls add to the visual and practical notion of a bright, living space. A greenhouse on the property allows for residents to produce some of their own food, while solar panels on the roof will provide 40 percent of hot water needs.
A variety of exterior textures on Salongen 35 reflect the visually diverse area and allow each unit to maintain its own identity, while retaining a visual continuity through shared features. The materials, plaster, fiber cement boards and wood are similarly responsibly sourced. Fresh air intake on the northern side of the building, which is heated and reused as needed throughout the rooms, uses the property’s location by Malmo’s western harbor to best effect. In all, Salongen 35 provides a final project for Sweden’s bo01 that many of us would certainly like to live in.
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