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JAJA wins 2nd for Swedish housing development

 
Danish architecture firm JAJA presents comes second of 135 proposals for an affordable housing project in Katrineholm, Sweden

JAJA Architects earned second prize for an affordable housing project in Katrineholm, Sweden. The housing association KFAB, the Swedish Association of Architects and the local municipality launched the competition to redesign the town’s central square around a centrepiece building.

The Danish design firm’s proposal Torghallen integrated commerce, public space, and housing while maintaining a connection to the central square. The building’s living areas are accessed through semi-public circulation nodes, that not only allows in more daylight, but also provides a visual aesthetic that differs from most affordable housing complexes.

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While not winning the competition, the Danish firm‘s approach of “optimistic curiosity” secured them second place out of 135 entries and a 200,000 SEK prize.

“The clear concept of a light building that touches the ground in few points creates a strong connection and transparency between the surrounding urban spaces,” the jury stated.

“The structural motiff in the ground floor and floors above creates a strong expression, which is very precise and playful at the same time… The proposal has innovative social possibilities, which appears simple, almost obvious, yet very intricate and delicate.”

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By Samer Khudairi

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