Flexibility and innovation characterize Kävlinge's new community center

The first sod was turned on Thursday, January 21. The new face of Kävlinge municipality will be a unique building that is generously open and inviting. Everyone should feel welcome here, in accordance with the municipality's slogan, and FOJAB is responsible for both architecture and interior design.

A meeting place for all
Kävlinge's new civic center will be strategically located right next to the railway station in the new district of Stationsstaden. It will bring together all the municipality's administrations under one roof, and on the ground floor, Kävlinge's library, KKB's Bo shop and the municipality's customer service will welcome residents. Medborgarhuset will be an inviting meeting place for everyone, which is reflected in the architecture.

- Our ambition has been to create an innovative meeting place, a building that stands out. When you roll into Kävlinge by train, you will be greeted by the illuminated glass sections of the civic center, a beautiful lantern that welcomes all visitors to the city," says Charlotte Kristensson, responsible architect at FOJAB.

Built-in flexibility and highest environmental class
On the ground floor is the bright and open library with areas for children and young people as well as adults. Here you will find everything from a story cave and a research room to a newspaper corner, and the large glass section gives visitors a nice contact with the shopping street outside. On the fourth floor there are generous coffee and meeting areas, and a spacious roof terrace where you can enjoy a magnificent view. The municipality's large council chamber is also located here - a generous and airy room with built-in flexibility for both small and large meetings. The room can be divided into two or opened up completely to accommodate a large number of participants.

Levels two and three consist of activity-based workplaces for municipal employees. The inviting environment is designed with a shared lounge, and there are many different types and sizes of workstations and meeting rooms to choose from.

Kävlinge's new community center will be certified with Miljöbyggnad Gold, the highest environmental certification.

Red brick and robust design
In designing the building, FOJAB has drawn inspiration from Kävlinge's long tradition of industrial and symbolic buildings. Robust, steady brick volumes with well-crafted details. The façade of the Medborgarhus consists of red brick, zinc sheet and generous glass sections. On the long sides of the building, the facade is folded, which provides an interesting play of shadows, and towards the shopping street it is cut with a lower section that scales down and lets in the light.

- The new community center is unique and designed to be located right here in Kävlinge. The location also allows us to connect the new with the old," says Charlotte Kristensson.



Project start: 2015
Groundbreaking: January 22, 2021
Planned opening: Spring 2023
Environmental class: Environmental Building Gold
Responsible architect: Charlotte Kristensson, FOJAB
Responsible interior designer: Lisa Mannheimer, FOJAB