FOJAB architects continue in unique construction project in Norra Djurgårdsstaden.

FOJAB arkitekter has, together with the developer Abacus, moved forward in the development of Norra Djurgårdsstaden in Stockholm. The joint project won a parallel assignment involving half a block and 71 new homes, commissioned by the City of Stockholm. The new neighborhood Södra Värtan will consist of 11 new blocks. The planning process for FOJAB arkitekter's project will begin in October 2016.

In Norra Djurgårdsstaden in Stockholm, an urban development project has been underway since 2011, where 12,000 new homes and 35,000 new workplaces are planned to be completed by 2030. Within the framework of the project, the City of Stockholm has issued several parallel assignments in which FOJAB arkitekter, in collaboration with Abacus, has been invited to develop a proposal for half a block. The challenge is to create a living, sustainable urban environment with active ground floors, careful design, conditions for collaboration and a wealth of impressions. The City of Stockholm's intentions for a strict, geometric and orderly architecture must also be met.

FOJAB architects and Abacus' joint proposal includes inviting residents to paint the facade in the vicinity of their home, using the tools, materials and manual they are given when they move in. Inspiration has been drawn from one of Vienna's biggest attractions, the Hundertwasserhaus, where residents have the right, as far as they can reach from their window, to paint the building's facade.

- The façade has a strict outer part, an orderly grid of bricks. Inside this, there are balconies and the facade layer that the residents can influence - a game with clear rules. "This is a building that has the potential to become one of Stockholm's future attractions, both for residents and visitors," says Jens Larsson, office manager and responsible architect for the project at FOJAB arkitekter in Stockholm.

The architectural team at FOJAB arkitekter consists of Jens Larsson, Mikael Pettersson, Joachim Lundquist and Stefan Johansson. The planning work will start in October 2016.