In November 2016 the first 18 micro apartments at Nykvarn were completed. Codesign has played an active role throughout the entire architectural process – from building permits and documents to construction and final delivery.
“Nykvarn is a growing municipality with a housing shortage. Our client identified a number of poorly utilised storage units and contacted us to see if we could turn them into affordable housing? The answer was a resounding yes,” says Nadine Aschenbach, Architect at Codesign.
15.4 sq. m. micro-apartments are maxed out to provide residents with all the necessary features they need. The living, sleeping and dining areas overlap and a newly-installed French balcony door increases the natural light to create a sensation of space.
“We worked to create a feeling of multiple levels, ranging from a built-in raised bed, to smart storage features,” continues Nadine.
“Micro apartments are a great alternative to hotel rooms but shouldn’t be considered permanent residences. They are ideal for shorter rental periods and in that sense are a good option for student, business and commuter-based housing. They open up new possibilities, and I hope other municipalities get inspired to look at options for existing black spots,” concludes Elis Forsgård, Project Manager at Codesign.
The project was initiated by a private landlord who is now selling the units to SBB.