Kjellander + Sjöberg Arkitektkontor has together with the developer Skanska won a contest in Växjö, Sweden. It´s a block which is the beginning of a new part of Växjö called Bäckaslöv.
It has many sympathetic features such as the houses are in the outer border of the block so that the green park in the middle will be as large as possible, the wooden facades is a wink to the citys history with a lot of wooden facades. Within the block there´s numerous different functions, such as rental housing, student housing, senior housing as well as school and different kind of businesses which is very sympathetic in contrast to many new blocks today which is planned for only one or two categories. Everybody gains with a mixed group of people/age/function.
Pure aesthetically I like that it´s the same facade on both wall and roof, along with the shape of the buildings. It makes a clean but yet dramatic effect.
Images from and read more at: Kjellander + Sjöberg Arkitektkontor.