Residential Design

Bjarke Ingels Group collaborated with Oscar Properties for a new residential project in Stockholm’s Gärdet district, adding 140 apartments to the Swedish capital. 79 & Parl, as the development is called, consists of stacked prefabricated housing units, with green terraces, covered in foliage and placed around a central courtyard.

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Courtesy of BIG

With its great views and a close connection to its neighbouring Royal National City Park, the design is set to maximize its natural surroundings. The transition to the park is realized using green terraces, housing beneath commercial spaces accessible to the public, aimed at activating the edge of the plot. “The terraces are covered in foliage to create a boundary between the park and the residential neighborhood”, the developers explain.

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Courtesy of BIG

The main materials of the housing units are stepped glass and cedar wood. The modular units are placed to form a construction with a rectangular plan and an inner courtyard. Each part of the building has a downward slope, both to connect with the surrounding buildings and also to get the best the views of the park and city.

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“In direct response to the context, the northwest and southeast corners take the heights of their immediate neighbours; while the northeast corner, farthest from the park and nominally with the worst view, is pulled upwards to grant it the most spectacular views of park and port,” the practice mentions.

The design – with its inner courtyard and terraced volumes – bares a slight resemblance to “8 House”, one of BIG’s most noteworthy residential projects, located in Copenhagen

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Courtesy of BIG

“In further deference to Gärdet, the massing is visually reduced through a language of pixels, scaled to the human form,” BIG adds. “This manipulation not only allows for a more organic expression, perfectly reflecting the surrounding landscape, but also provides a way to accomplish the building topography in a controlled and inexpensive way through the use of prefabricated units of standardised sizes.”

By: Ana Cosma

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