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The vision of a living green city becomes reality in Helsingborg

White architects, together with Tornet, have designed Kvarteret Islaggen, a residential area characterized by nature that will take shape at Maria Station in Helsingborg. The area's 57 rental and tenant-owner apartments are permeated by a sustainability thinking in everything from choice of materials to biodiversity. 

Usually, point houses are built on a vertical structure, but in the design proposal for Kv Islaggen, it builds on a horizontal structure instead of creating apartments that can be similar to "garden wilds", where large balconies collapse and provide surfaces for growth, cultivation and green facades. The concept lets the green from the deciduous forest around Gyhult's farm seep into the neighbourhood.

- Our motto when we were drawing was "from ordinary point houses to unusual garden conditions", We wanted to create apartments with a lot of light through floors of windows and patios with lots of greenery, says Jan Larsson, architect at White.

The Islaggen district is a cavalcade of biodiversity. Nature is available as soon as you open your door when you meet locally-occurring trees, shrubs, perennials, berries and fruit. Both roof terraces and farm focus on a biotope that stimulates great variety of local insects and animals. Varied plant selection, birdcages and insect hotels contribute to biodiversity and strengthen the ecosystem.

- The green is the new black. There are opportunities for residents to grow locally, which not only provides good vegetables, but also contributes to a more ecologically sustainable society. It leads a healthy tradition and encourages community in the neighbourhood, ”says Karin Höök, landscape architect at White.

White has worked systematically with design and design to create sustainable housing with well-planned and well-thought-out homes. By choosing system solutions and products from a life-cycle perspective, sustainable construction and housing are optimised, and will be helpful in prioritising energy-saving measures to achieve the greatest possible effect. The goal is to certify the buildings according to Miljöbyggnad Silver.

The houses are characterised by a high architectural level and material standard both indoors, on facades and in the yard. Non-toxic materials, energy-classed appliances, water-efficient washing and washing machines, low-energy lamps and consistently sound materials are obvious components. All apartments are given a high and sustainable standard on both fixtures and fittings, with fully tiled bathrooms, parquet floors and durable surface layers.

The neighbourhood is loaded with natural energy. The two houses are equipped with solar panels on the roofs, which produce local heat and electricity, which reduces the need for purchased energy. The combination of heat pump, district heating, geo-energy storage and solar hybrid system gives the houses the opportunity to use solar energy in the best possible way. In the summer, the large electricity surplus is coordinated with the electricity supplier. The surplus provides a plus energy project that can charge electric cars and electric bikes.

In order to encourage everyday cycling, weather-protected and anti-theft bicycle parking facilities are available. All residents can use box and cargo bicycles for free, for example, to shop in nearby stores. A combined bicycle workshop, with the ability to borrow tools and machines, promotes both sustainable transport and efficient use of common resources. Both electric car and electric bicycle pool are included in the overall concept.

The construction phase covers the year 2020 with occupancy in the spring of 2021.

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