Äppelträdgården consists of four small neighbourhoods grouped around streets, designed to foster a sociable community. The scheme comprises of 75 apartments; 40 rental units in terraces and 35 owner-occupier dwellings homes across a set of townhouses. The two-storey scheme has an inherently human scale, connecting residents to the street and each other. Kitchens and living rooms are placed at the front of each home facing the street, making it easy for neighbours to meet. Each street is designed as a semi-pedestrianised area; the end of each street opens up into a communal green space, ideal for children to play in, or for neighbours to get together over a meal.
Äppelträdgården is an inspirational example that completes a Miljonprogram estate. It is a positive addition that boosts the environment with its two-storey scale and self-contained identity, contrasting and enriching the city’s tower blocks.2011 Bostadpriset jury panel
One of the fundamental qualities of Äppelträdgården is the close contact to the outdoors and green space. In addition to the communal end-of-street green spaces, ground floor gardens are accessible to all and contribute to an active street frontage. These green spaces are the ideal spot to put out pots, tables and chairs to create inviting, individual patio gardens. Windows frame views across the apple groves and neighbourhood, while considered planning allows for each home to converse with its surroundings, helping establish an increased sense of security.
The gold standard
Not only was the Apple Orchard awarded a Miljöbyggnad Guld rating for environmental design, but it was also the recipient of the 2011 Bostadpriset, the highest accolade awarded by Sveriges Arkitekter for residential design.
Façades and roofs are covered with coloured fibre cement sheet shingles that protect against rain and high winds. The rich, natural colours of the cladding were designed to delight residents in the tower blocks, as well as to establish a strong identity for Äppelträdgården.