The NGO operates in two buildings. The one called Spruthuset, previously part of an old fire station built in 1899, has been repurposed and now hosts an office, meeting facilities, counselling and staff rooms. For the people living in this area there is a large shared kitchen and living room. The 11 new apartments are in a smaller replica of Spruthuset, connected through a glazed corridor. This five storey building is built with glued laminated timber supported by a stairwell made of concrete. A protected inner patio between both buildings is planned, with outdoor furnishings, areas for planting vegetables and a playground.
The residential building with 11 apartments on five floors is built with a laminated timber frame which is stabilized by a concrete staircase.
Timber was the ideal choice for this tight infill project. The frame was erected incredibly fast, it only took two weeks!Fredrik Hedvall, Lead Architect
The timber façade gives a welcoming impression and stands out from the adorned buildings around, while the bright warm colours blend in. On the panels we can see the timber framework, which is rather unusual.
The choice of wood as a material has many advantages. For instance, the builder can use just-in-time delivery, where large construction elements such as pillars or framed structures can be delivered on site on the day they are to be used. A construction site where timber is a predominant material also produces less noise which obviously is good news for the neighbours.