1.5 ha / 3.7 ac
The client wanted to preserve and improve the qualities of Saxtorpsskogen through accumulation of a functional and esthetical extension of Saxtorpsskogen, where public and private interests can co-exist. This project is an attractive senior housing area, which can function together with Saxtorpsskogen’s natural conditions for recreation, and to reinforce the preservation of biodiversity and at the same time make minimal interference with nature and instead use the site-specific conditions to create an interaction between building and nature.
The identical housing units are placed out. The housing unit has a compact design with generous terrace spaces, for a clear distinction between what is private and the public. It is composed by prefabricated elements to minimise detrimental effects caused by construction onsite, optimise fabrication transportation and rationalise the economic factors of the project. Using plinths as founding elements minimises ground excavation and spares the existing tree root system. The asymmetrical design of the unit allows for a placement, which can adapt to vegetation positions and other conditions of the woods, to prevent felling of trees. The project aims for a local treatment of the surface water, with natural filtration through usage of gravel and green roofs. The units are built with natural materials – concrete and wood.
The result is a shape, with unique placing, where the assembly of materials creates maximal harmony between landscape and building and generates a qualitative aging. The proposal shows a morphing of form, material and location, which generates an overall impression of harmony between building and nature and makes for a public usage of Saxtorpsskogen.