A new residential area in Gothenburg

Codesign has developed a proposal for a new residential area on behalf of the Diocese of Bräcke in Gothenburg. The collaboration began with an architectural competition in which Codesign, as one of three contestants, won the contract. In total it covers an area of 6,000 sq. m. comprising of private housing, special services and needs homes, as well as a rehab and fitness centre.

“We initially helped Bräcke Diocese by defining what needed to be done to ensure inhabitants will get the most benefit in a residential area such as this. We then translated this into architectural plans,” says Jelena Mijanovic, Architect at Codesign.

“Together with Codesign’s help we want to create a new gateway into the coastal city of Gothenburg, in the form of this residential area. It will cater for many people in different phases of their lives. And that’s why we want to develop different forms of housing; from rental apartments to housing for the homeless, refugees, and the elderly, and on top of that a nursery. The new residential area will hopefully reflect the whole of society,” says the CEO at Bräcke Diocese.

“We focused on the fact that the new residential area must meet different inhabitants’ needs. Therefore we designed natural meeting points that can help support residents in their day-to-day lives,” says Lina Narvaja, Architect at Codesign.

Codesign studied and analysed the different target groups within the residential area to find common activities and points of contact. This resulted in the open areas between buildings being designed as allotments rather than traditional gardens. While features such as a bicycle repair shop, post boxes and communal laundry rooms will be placed in “the gaps” between buildings, thereby acting as natural meeting places for residents.

During autumn 2016, the project was expanded to include a sub-project in the form of architectural branding for Bräcke Diacose. Construction of the residential area is planned to start in spring 2017.

About Bracke Diocese
Bräcke Diocese has a vision for a “A charitable society.” With a broad spectrum of care facilities, they run several medical centres, nursing homes and rehabilitation centres. They also offer many activities aimed at children, adolescents and adults with varying disabilities. Bräcke has been active in this area for nearly 100 years and has close to 1,200 employees.

team: Silvio Moro, Peter Ullstad, Lina Narvaja, Jelena Mijanovic, Lovisa Kroon

Project team

Jelena Mijanović
Architect / Responsible Codesign Research Studio
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Lina Narvaja
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Peter Ullstad
Architect and Founder
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Lovisa Kroon
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