FOJAB designs Bromstensstaden's new landmark

Bromstensstaden in northwest Stockholm is starting to take shape. FOJAB has designed the entrance block, where a slate point building and wood-clad balconies signal the new neighborhood from afar.

The transformation of Bromstensstaden, one of Stockholm's development areas, is in full swing. The first phase includes about 620 new homes. 145 of them - all rental apartments - are in the Tora block that Skanska Hyresbostäder is developing. FOJAB has been responsible for the conceptual sketch, program and construction documents. It is now clear that NREP is acquiring the property.

The block is closest to Spånga commuter train station, and the ten-storey tower block next to Bromstensstaden square will be the first encounter with the district for commuter train passengers. Two of the tower's facades are clad in slate, while the other two have longitudinal balconies clad in wood - a warm contrast to the cooler stone. Two of the lower buildings have plastered facades.

- "The design relates to the 1950s buildings in the area, but with a contemporary touch," says Lova Lagercrantz, responsible architect at FOJAB.

The façade materials are carefully selected to minimize the building's carbon footprint. Skanska's green concrete, which has half the climate impact of regular concrete, is used for the frame, and solar panels are placed on the roofs. The carbon footprint is estimated to be about 20 percent lower than a comparable house built in the traditional way.

FOJAB also developed the concept for the elevated courtyard with greenery spilling out between the buildings. A major focus has been on stormwater retention and managing the fluctuating water level of the adjacent Spångaån river.

The first phase of Bromstensstaden is expected to be completed in spring 2025.