FOJAB arkitekter wins competition for new housing in Ängelholm, Sweden

After an architectural competition, FOJAB has been commissioned by Melin Förvaltning to design a completely new neighborhood on the old sugar mill site in Ängelholm. The block includes about 110 apartments close to the station, the sea and the city. Construction of the new residential buildings is planned to start in 2019.

The proposal meets the vision for the Ängelholm station area of an attractive residential area with improved connections between the city and the sea. The block's clear target points are the station, the sea and the city, and the block structure opens up towards these. Small scale and the advantages of small town life are clearly reflected in the proposal.

- Our 'Quartet' proposal draws on the best of the traditional block structure and the point house. The result was a hybrid - two different house types with a triangular plan shape surrounded by greenery and built around a common courtyard. "We wanted to create a vibrant neighborhood with courtyards and spaces for social life," says Ulrika Sellin, architect at FOJAB.

- "FOJAB has produced an attractive and innovative proposal on how to make the best use of valuable land area," says Håkan Svensson, CEO of Melin Förvaltning.

The building volumes vary between five and eight storeys and are built around a raised communal courtyard, which offers spaces for cultivation, greenhouses and play. The brick buildings are architecturally linked to the older buildings in the sugar mill area and contribute to the dignity and durability of the buildings. The apartments are open plan and most have a balcony or terrace. The large buildings have generous "balcony rooms" facing south and west.

The architecture is characterized by simplicity and clarity with a natural variation, as the buildings are perceived in completely different ways depending on the direction from which they are viewed. Despite the open block shape, there is a clear structure with private and public spaces.

FOJAB's architectural team consisted of Ulrika Sellin, project manager, Nina Torstensson, design manager and Catharina Hansson, contributor.