Municipal building close to the station ready for occupation

Municipal building close to the station ready for occupation

Municipal building close to the station ready for occupation

Kävlinge Town Hall is now complete and ready to receive citizens, officials and politicians. Everyone should feel welcome, which has been a motto in the work on the building. FOJAB is responsible for both architecture and interior design.

Kävlinge's new town hall is an important piece of the puzzle in the development of the new district Stationsstaden, and is strategically located right next to the railway station. The building will be an inviting meeting place for the whole town and houses the town library, most of the administrative offices, the town council hall, a wedding room and meeting rooms of various sizes.

The inspiration for the exterior design is drawn from Kävlinge's history and long tradition of industrial and symbolic buildings.

- The new municipal building is a robust, solid four-storey brick volume with well-crafted details. On the long sides, the facade is folded, which provides an interesting shadow play for passers-by, while daylight reaches further into the building and creates a pleasant working environment," says Charlotte Kristensson, architect in charge at FOJAB.

Openness to citizens and opportunities for collaboration between different municipal functions have been key words in the work on the municipal building. The location and accessibility have been maximized through the placement of the various activities and through flexible use of space. The library is located on the ground floor, with large glass sections that provide good contact with the shopping street outside, with window niches large enough to sit in. The council chamber on the third floor also has large windows that advertise the building to the other side, to the trains and the surrounding landscape.

The large council chamber can be divided for smaller committee meetings and opened up for a large number of participants and visitors. On the third floor there is also a generously sized lunch room in connection with adaptable work and meeting areas, and on the roof a terrace with a magnificent view.

Levels one and two consist of workplaces for municipal employees. The starting point has been that the design should meet a future way of working with efficient and attractive office spaces.

Inside, a sober material palette of stone, wood and textiles is used throughout. The interior color scheme is drawn from the colors of nature around Kävlinge - the sea, the river Kävlingeån, the open landscape - and creates a calm atmosphere.

- "A municipal building has to function over a very long time and we have been keen to use durable materials and furniture that can be used, reupholstered and supplemented," says Lisa Mannheimer, interior designer at FOJAB.

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

FOJAB wins international open competition: Designing a neighborhood in Iceland

FOJAB wins international open competition: Designing a neighborhood in Iceland

FOJAB wins international open competition: Designing a neighborhood in Iceland

The City of Reykjavik aims to set a completely new standard in urban development with the Keldur district. The Swedish architectural firm FOJAB with the consultant Ramböll won the open international strategic development competition with their proposal Crafting Keldur - Where Art, Science & Recreation Unite.

The task in the international competition was to create a development strategy for the Keldur district in eastern Reykjavik. Currently, the area is primarily rural, but it has been identified as a development zone and will be serviced in a few years by a high-quality bus rapid transit system connecting it to the city centerand other hot spots in the Reykjavik capital Area. According to the City of Reykjavik, the new neighborhood should be characterized by walkability, energy transition, healthy mobility, circular thinking, green buildings and infrastructure, and carbon sequestration.

Out of around forty submissions in stage 1, five teams were selected to further develop their ideas in stage 2. FOJAB and Ramböll secured victory with a proposal based on social diversity within a dense and flexible urban structure with proximity to nature, the university, and the city center.

- Starting with climate neutrality and climate considerations places special demands on urban planning. The kind of dense mixed-use development we arrived at is quite uncommon in Iceland. The architecture in our proposal adheres to a human scale - three to five stories - but is dense and connected enough to create a vibrant and dynamic city, said Magdalena Hedman, partner and teamleader at FOJAB.

The jury was particularly impressed by the fact that FOJAB's proposal is firmly rooted in the local context and takes advantage of the landscape's greenery and water features. The efficient use of land, innovative mobility ideas, and a flexible neighborhood structure were also appealing. The strategies for achieving a social mix were considered compelling as well.

- The winning entry in the competition is a very good answer to our needs and requirements in a new urban quarter in Reykjavik. An urban district, close to nature, with three Bus Rapid Transit (Borgarlína) stations as the backbone of sustainable urban transport. We look forward to the further development and deeper design of an excellent proposal in the planning process ahead, said Thorsteinn R. Hermannsson, Director of Development at TfCA, Transport for the Capital Area.

The next step will be to further develop the winning proposal into a development plan and physical plans.

Winner of international open competition: FOJAB to design neighborhood in Iceland

Winner of international open competition: FOJAB to design neighborhood in Iceland

Winner of international open competition: FOJAB to design neighborhood in Iceland

The City of Reykjavik wants to set a new standard in urban development with the Keldur district. FOJAB and Ramböll won the open international competition with their proposal. Crafting Keldur - Where Art, Science & Recreation Unite.

The competition brief was to produce a development strategy for the Keldur district in eastern Reykjavik. Within a few years, Keldur will be served by a high-quality bus transport system connecting the district with Reykjavik city centre and other important locations in the capital area. According to the city, the new district will be characterized by sustainable mobility, circularity, energy transition and climate-neutral construction.

Five teams were selected from around forty proposals received in stage 1 to develop their ideas further in stage 2. FOJAB and Ramböll won with a proposal based on a social mix in a dense and flexible urban structure close to nature, the university and the city.

- Starting with climate neutrality and climate considerations places special demands on urban planning, and the kind of dense mixed-use city we ended up with is unusual in Iceland. The buildings in our proposal stick to a human scale - three to five floors - but are sufficiently dense and cohesive to create a vibrant and dynamic city," says Magdalena Hedman, commissioned architect at FOJAB.

The jury is particularly attracted by the fact that FOJAB's proposal is clearly anchored in the site and that the landscape's conditions with greenery and water have been taken advantage of, that the land is used efficiently, by good ideas about mobility and a flexible block structure. The strategies for achieving a social mix are also considered convincing.

- The winning proposal responds very well to our needs and requirements for the new urban neighborhood in Reykjavik. An urban district close to nature, where the three stops of the Borgarlína express bus will be the backbone of sustainable urban transportation. We look forward to the further development and deeper shaping of an excellent proposal in the upcoming planning process," says Thorsteinn R. Hermannsson, Development Manager at TfCA, Transport for the Capital Region.

The next step is to further develop the winning proposal into a development plan and physical plans.

Groundbreaking for residential tower in Nyhamnen

Groundbreaking for residential tower in Nyhamnen

Groundbreaking for residential tower in Nyhamnen

The first sod is now being turned for Godsfinkan 3 in Malmö's urban transformation project Södra Nyhamnen. FOJAB has designed the residential block that will be the first encounter with the city for those arriving by train from the north: two towers of nineteen and sixteen floors respectively.

- We have wanted to take advantage of the unique qualities of the site; the proximity to both the city and the harbor, Bangårdsterrassen and Carlsgatan boulevard and the unobstructed view of both Malmö and Öresund," says Stefan Johansson, architect at FOJAB.

The block, which FOJAB has designed for Malmö's municipal housing company MKB, is made up of three buildings - nineteen, sixteen and seven floors respectively. It houses 192 rental apartments, 7 premises, garages and outdoor environments. The building is made of sustainable materials with great care for details and material encounters to create a long-term beautiful environment.

The aim has been to create homes characterized by a balance between function, beauty and a sense of home, with space-efficient apartments and low operating and management costs.

The light gray bricks, masonry with a relief effect around wall openings, in combination with mullioned railings, give the building a classic, well-proportioned expression. The three buildings are designed as a whole but with individual detailing. Great care has been taken with details and materials to create a long-term beautiful environment. The apartments are well planned and designed to make the most of the view.

FOJAB structural architect for the new Lövholmen.

FOJAB structural architect for the new Lövholmen.

FOJAB structural architect for the new Lövholmen.

Lövholmen in Stockholm is to be transformed from a largely closed industrial area into a vibrant district and natural continuation of the inner city. In its role as structural architect, FOJAB has contributed to developing the ideas and principles that form the basis of the detailed plan, which is now out for consultation.

Lövholmen is part of Liljeholmen in central Stockholm and is identified in the master plan as one of the city's development areas. A new district will emerge here with around 1,800 homes, preschools, cultural activities, offices, services, squares, a park and a quayside.

On behalf of and in close cooperation with the city planning office, FOJAB has worked with the city and property owners to develop a structural plan and the architectural principles that will form the basis of the design.

With its older industrial environments, Lövholmen is a place with high cultural values. The buildings that are preserved become the area's value carriers that tell the story of the place, of how the industrial city of Stockholm has grown.

- "The overall idea behind the structure plan is to highlight the groups of buildings of cultural and historical interest that are being preserved and to create a framework around them in the form of new city districts," explains Magnus Lundström, responsible architect at FOJAB. He continues:

- The added city blocks together with the preserved buildings and the new public spaces form a whole that gives Lövholmen a strong identity of its own. But the area will also interact with surrounding neighborhoods in scale and character and become a well-composed element in the city's new silhouette.

Stockholm is characterized by its neighborhoods with different identities and characters, and Lövholmen will continue to be its own enclave in the mosaic that makes up Stockholm and carries the city's identity.

Lövholmen is currently largely closed to the public and an overall goal is to make this central place in Stockholm accessible. The design of places and paths therefore has as high a priority in the plan proposal as the buildings. A path runs through the district with a string of attractive small and large urban spaces. A large waterfront area is created with afternoon and evening sunshine, with a bathing jetty and space for various events. A quayside promenade runs along Liljeholmsviken, making it possible to walk along the Mälar shore all the way from Danvik to Vårby.

Malmö in the making - Welcome to FOJAB!

Malmö in the making - Welcome to FOJAB!

Malmö in the making - Welcome to FOJAB!

User dialogue and consultation are all well and good, but how do we ensure that local perspectives are included in the traditional urban development process and can influence the development of the city? What do we, architects and urban planners, know in depth about how those who live, work and spend time in a district experience their surroundings? What emotional values are linked to a particular place and what shapes its identity?

"Möllan Voices - Empowering the Local Perspectives" is our contribution to Malmö in the Making, the City of Malmö's initiative to explore what the city's spaces, architecture and culture mean to the people of Malmö and how we can shape the city's development together.

Methodology development - Möllan test bed
We have used the district of Möllevången as a test bed and explored alternative methods to give residents and workers in Möllan the opportunity to have a voice and influence urban development in their area.

With the help of the companies Perspetivo and Maptionnaire, we have developed a methodology for collecting information, thoughts and ideas that differs from the traditional survey. The aim is to create a better basis for architects to take in and understand an entire neighborhood and the different perspectives that exist there.

Experience the interpretations
"Möllan Voices" is about bringing new forces into the urban development process, so we have also let different creators interpret the answers from the survey. The works are exhibited for all to see during four Fridays in September at FOJAB's office at Friisgatan 28 in Malmö at 14-17:

1/9: AI Interpretation using ChatGPT and Midjourney

8/9: Photographers Emil Bjerenius and Linus Åkesson

15/9: Artist Sara Almosaibi Jasas

22/9: Designer Li Odén

Welcome to the Architecture Salon
We also invite you to an Architecture Salon on 27/9 at our Malmö office (Friisgatan 28) on the theme of culture, knowledge and urban development, where we will discuss the method, the result and the creators' work. The panel includes Anna Jonsson, associate professor and organization researcher at the Department of Business Administration at Lund University and SIR, Stockholm School of Economics Institute for Research, at the Stockholm School of Economics.

Mingle and exhibition from 17.00, the panel discussion starts at 18.00. Everyone is welcome, please register here.

Saving money with Strategic Occupancy Planning

Saving money with Strategic Occupancy Planning

Saving money with Strategic Occupancy Planning

Falling electricity prices and rising interest rates are a scourge not only for individuals, but also for municipalities, regions, government agencies and other property owners with large property portfolios. In this situation, it is particularly important that space is used efficiently and effectively. There is a lot of money to be saved here," says FOJAB's Charlotte Kristensson, the architect behind the Strategic Occupancy Planning service.

Many municipalities are currently facing the same kind of problem. They have buildings from the 1960s and 70s with major maintenance needs. Premises are used incorrectly or too little. Rented premises are not adapted to the activities. Schools are located in the wrong places in relation to the number of pupils.

As the economy gets tougher, there is little room for new construction. It is also important for climate reasons to make optimal use of the existing stock. Municipalities have to prioritize hard and many are now reviewing their needs. Which premises should be used, which additions are needed and where, which are left over and what do they cost? It can be a tricky puzzle to solve.

Basis for decision
FOJAB's strategic occupancy planning provides politicians with a complete and transparent basis for long-term decisions. The customer is guided to a comprehensive solution and efficient utilization of their property portfolio. Charlotte and her colleagues at FOJAB have helped numerous municipalities over the years, often involving schools, preschools, cultural and leisure facilities.

So how does it work?

An important starting point is to create a common picture of the conditions, something that is not entirely obvious where many administrations and people are involved. A real estate manager has his own perspective, a head of education or a principal has others. The architectural team comes in as a neutral party and guides the organization through an efficient process. Existing premises are analyzed based on parameters such as suitability, operation, renovation needs, etc. Conditions such as student numbers and political decisions are taken into account. The wishes of the activities are reconciled with the objectives of the curriculum.

- "FOJAB has developed a unique method where we can see how much space is needed in different subjects to achieve the curriculum objectives," explains Charlotte Kristensson.

Maximizing use
Precise figures make it easier to maximize the use of each school room. With smart scheduling, the after-school program may be able to use the home economics room or the craft room at certain times. Or rented out to an external party. The figures are also a good help when weighing up different interests.

- It can be difficult for an official to resist principals and others who are pushing for more resources for their particular school. If you can point to accurate figures, it becomes easier to achieve an equal school for all pupils in the municipality. It is a question of justice.

Knowledge of long-term effects
The analysis leads to a number of policy options. Following cost assessments, the evidence is ready to be presented to decision-makers. This may involve rebuilding, demolishing and building new buildings, or relocating activities. The data also gives politicians more knowledge about the long-term effects of different decisions. Charlotte gives an example:

- One municipality wanted home classrooms for secondary school pupils, as well as for primary school pupils, in order to provide peace and quiet and improve academic performance. With the projected increase in pupils, such a decision would mean expanding the school in a number of years.

- "We don't interfere with what you choose to do," says Charlotte. It's a political question of how to prioritize. But we highlight and clarify the needs and conditions so that politicians can make informed decisions and avoid costly changes.

Many uses
It's unusual for architectural offices to offer this kind of study, but it's an added value for the client, says Charlotte. As an expert in knowledge environments, after analyzing Karlshamn municipality's need for premises, she was able to take the work further and design the new school in Mörrum, which was found to be needed. For other types of premises, FOJAB has experts in offices, housing for the elderly, sports halls, etc. who can assist with their knowledge.

Because even though most of the clients so far have been municipalities, there are many others who could benefit from strategic occupancy planning. Charlotte takes universities and colleges as an example. The influx of students is at a record high, while the cost of premises is rising. FOJAB is currently developing a method for calculating the degree of utilization of university premises in the same way as for schools.

Reducing costs
- By optimizing their use, universities can reduce the cost of their existing stock. This, in turn, can provide the financial space to develop new types of high-quality teaching environments that are better suited to the needs of today's students," says Charlotte:

- Any organization with a large number of premises and facing major changes, whether growing or shrinking, will benefit from strategic space planning. Take, for example, government agencies or our regions where there are businesses that are expanding rapidly and flagging that the supply of premises is a major problem. We can help there!

One step closer to a new sports hall in Bromma

One step closer to a new sports hall in Bromma

One step closer to a new sports hall in Bromma

FOJAB is helping Hemsö develop a new sports facility in Bromma with a focus on girl-dominated sports. The ambition is an ice rink for figure skating and a gymnastics arena for team gymnastics.

There is a great need for ice rinks in Stockholm and Hemsö's ambition is to build an ice rink for figure skating with a foyer and stands for around 400 people, with a gymnastics arena for team gymnastics on top.

The sports facility is planned to be approximately 16,000 square meters BTA and will be located right next to Bromma Airport. FOJAB has assisted Hemsö with the work in the early stages, detailed planning and design of the building. The plan proposal has now been submitted for review.

- We have worked closely with the Swedish Figure Skating Association and the Swedish Gymnastics Association to understand their conditions. Just as important as the building meeting their sporting requirements and wishes is that it should be socially well-functioning," says architect Anna Belfrage.

Many of the children and young people come straight from school, train in long sessions and spend a lot of time in the sports hall. Making life easier for them and their parents has therefore been an important focus. There should be a place to do homework and eat snacks or heat up their evening meal - a bit like a leisure center. Directly adjacent to the sports hall there will also be parking spaces where parents can easily and safely pick up their children after training.

The sports facility will be located right next to one of the runways at Bromma Airport, which has clearly influenced its design. The height of the building varies from 11.5 meters on one side to 25.5 meters on the other - a result of the fact that it must not obstruct air traffic.

- We have used the height differences for the different needs of the activities. For example, gyms and changing rooms do not need as much ceiling height as exercise rooms with trampolines," says Anna Belfrage.

Great care has also been taken to make the large building fit into the urban context of the city. The rear has a folded facade to avoid interfering with air traffic control radio waves, and the fold follows around the entire building at ground level to create life at street level. On the two longest street facades, one of the folds becomes slightly deeper and cuts through the building, breaking up the large volume. The notch also marks the entrances.

Upstairs, the facade is clad with a wooden grid for variety and rhythm. Large windows provide a view and insight where passers-by can suddenly see a gymnast doing a flip inside the hall. A gymnastics hall on top of an ice rink means special conditions in the form of large spans. FOJAB has worked with Tyréns to optimize the design and minimize the amount of steel. The gymnastics floor is suspended in floor-high trusses with halls inserted in between. It is a solution that provides significantly thinner floors and leaves a lot of room volume for the activities.

FOJAB behind Norrgavel's new look

FOJAB behind Norrgavel's new look

FOJAB behind Norrgavel's new look

After a major renovation, the doors of Norrgavel's store are now open in a listed building on Birger Jarlsgatan in Stockholm. FOJAB's architects have worked closely with Norrgavels founder and designer Nirvan Richter to develop solutions that are both contemporary and a return to the original expression.

The 1911 building was designed by architect Carl Bergsten, who is also responsible for the Liljevalch Art Gallery. The design language is heavily national romantic but at the same time with a certain playfulness and with several unconventional approaches. The building is considered particularly valuable and worth preserving.

The building was built as a theater but with the idea that it could be converted into a department store. In 1938 the building became a cinema and in 1985 the rock club Gino moved in. For a few years in the 1990s, an office was housed here before Norrgavel took over the premises twenty-five years ago. Numerous changes have been made both internally and externally over the years, but it is only now that the building is really being adapted for retail operations.

FOJAB has played a central role in the transformation, with assignments from two directions. As an architect for the property owner Humlegården, it has monitored the property's values in a long-term perspective. As an architect for Norrgavel, we have, based on Nirvan Richter's visions, developed proposals on how the store can be used more efficiently and with its interior expression reflect Norrgavel's brand.

- The collaboration with FOJAB started with our store in Malmö. It has been extremely liberating to have a partner to discuss ideas with," says Nirvan Richter, who is also an architect. "FOJAB's architects were much bolder than me and proposed solutions that I would never have dared to do myself, both in Malmö and Stockholm. It has been very successful!

Inside, space has been freed up, accessibility has been improved and lines have been cleaned up. A new floor opening in the atrium and a former outdoor staircase have now become part of the shop floor. The space feels contemporary and modern but in harmony with Carl Bergsten's intentions.

- Transforming older buildings is very much about understanding and being inspired by the original architect and the intention of the original work. With the cultural environment as a sounding board, we have optimized flows, tightened the material palette and created a new store experience," says Ylva Åborg, commissioned architect at FOJAB.

On the exterior, the building has been restored to its original design in terms of materials and colors in consultation with the architectural antiquarian. The facade's large windows have been restored, the entrance has been moved and decorations have been restored.

- This is a building that, since its inception, has contributed to Stockholm's street life with liveliness and human encounters. We have now reinforced that character with the large glass sections and better transparency between inside and outside. I hope that many people will want to come by and take a look, because this is more than a retail experience, it is also an architectural experience," says Robin Larsson, supervising architect at FOJAB.

Möllan Voices - Empowering the Local Perspectives

Möllan Voices - Empowering the Local Perspectives

Möllan Voices - Empowering the Local Perspectives

FOJAB has been selected to be part of "Malmö in the Making", the City of Malmö's initiative to explore what the city's spaces, architecture and culture mean to the people of Malmö and how we can shape the city's development together.

During Malmö in the making, we want to contribute with a program point, where we together with professionals, entrepreneurs and residents of Möllan explore different perspectives on what it is that makes Möllan a good place to live and work.

FOJAB's program item MÖLLAN VOICES - EMPOWERING THE LOCAL PERSPECTIVES wants to explore how several different local perspectives can be expressed in the urban development process and what different future images can look like.

Why do we do it?
The purpose of our program item MÖLLAN VOICES - EMPOWERING THE LOCAL PERSPECTIVES is to:

  • Explore why Möllan residents and workers choose to be there, how they use the public space in their neighborhood, and what their dreams and visions are for the future of Möllan.
  • Explore alternative ways to empower local residents and workers to influence urban development in their area.
  • Create a better basis for architects to fulfill their task of taking in and understanding an entire neighborhood and the different perspectives that exist there, in order to sustainably plan for the future of Möllan and Malmö.
  • Involve and work across disciplines, showing and strengthening the diversity and differences of Malmö.
  • Create a Möllan guide, for Möllan today and for Möllan's future, by and for Möllan residents, workers and entrepreneurs at Möllan.

What do we want to do?
The first part of our program is a survey of the local! Using a questionnaire, we will collect information, thoughts and ideas from residents, active visitors and business owners in Möllan. Then creators (image makers, photographers, musicians, etc.) will interpret and interpret the answers. Our idea is for creative people to create their own works and future images of Möllan. Each creator will exhibit their work in FOJAB's premises for one week each in September. The public will also be invited to view the images of the future.

The final part of our program will be an Architecture Salon on 27 September on the theme of culture, knowledge and urban development. Then we will discuss the results and show all future images. The panel includes Anna Jonsson, associate professor and organization researcher at the Department of Business Administration at Lund University and SIR, Stockholm School of Economics Institute for Research, at the Stockholm School of Economics. Anna has also written a opinion piece on Malmö in the Making where she points out how important it is to consider how the knowledge and lessons of a broader dialogue are utilized in the project.

More about Malmö in the Making at

Contact persons:
Magdalena Hedman
Nellie Stenvall

FOJAB's architecture educator raises children's voices

FOJAB's architecture educator raises children's voices

FOJAB's architecture educator raises children's voices

Three years ago, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child became Swedish law. In her role as an architect and architecture educator at FOJAB, Kristina Kember puts words into action and empowers children to influence their local environment:
- This involves both increase interest in architecture among children and young people and give them tools to use their influence.

What is an architecture educator?

- An architectural educator is an architect with knowledge of working with children and young people, who can act as a link between schools and preschools and those who plan and design. There are many different ways to work with children's dialogue, such as analysis and reflection, creativity, exploration with all their senses and democratic processes. The aim is to give children the tools to express their opinions and to participate in influencing their living environment.

Why are architectural educators needed?

- Since the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child became Swedish law in 2020, children's legal influence over the local environment has been strengthened, but for the child's perspective to really have an impact, we adults need to prioritize and work actively with these issues. In dialogue work, we need to find a common language so that adults and children together can talk about and investigate how they experience a room or a place in the city, for example.

- At FOJAB, we have developed methods for involving users early in the process and have good experience of dialoguing with schools. Working directly with children and young people is important but also very fun and we learn a lot in the process.

Why are children's perspectives important when planning and building?

- Of course, it is particularly important to take care of a group that cannot make its voice heard. When cities are densified, green spaces and public places are scarce in the development process. Children who may not have much space at home are particularly affected by the lack of social spaces. We must also be vigilant in ensuring that school and preschool playgrounds are not reduced in size and think about how to create environments that are safe, that inspire joy of movement and provide space to play freely.

What exactly do you do as an architectural educator?

- One example of my role as an architectural educator was the new school in Mörrum, which FOJAB designed. A few months after the opening, we met with the students to hear their thoughts on their new environment. We wanted to get their views on what works and what doesn't, whether they had suggestions for improvements, and how they experience and use different parts of their school. For two days we met with students from grades 1, 3 and 6. We did various exercises and talked about everything from form and function, light and acoustics to choice of materials, experience and feeling.

What did you learn?

- We encountered great enthusiasm from the children to share their different experiences and were really impressed by how insightfully they analyzed their surroundings. The direct feedback from the children will help us to ensure what we have done right, but also to understand what we can do differently - things we would not have thought of without the help of the pupils. Another goal was to increase children's curiosity about architecture and create positive feelings about how to use their influence.

What else is in the pipeline?

- In addition to my involvement in the Swedish Architects' Council for Architecture and Children, we at FOJAB have just started a collaboration with Möllevångsskolan, one of our closest neighbors here at the Malmö office. In the fall, we will meet high school students, where architects and students will guide each other and where we will work with different places in our common environment. The hope is that the students' ideas will lead to suggestions for improvement and actual changes.

Meet FOJAB in Almedalen

Meet FOJAB in Almedalen

Meet FOJAB in Almedalen

See you in Almedalen? This year we are particularly keen to talk about this:

👉AI and the potential for the built environment. Can we use the power of digital development to strengthen soft values and human needs?

👉What stands in the way of sustainability? What new partnerships can break new ground?

👉How can yesterday's buildings meet today's and tomorrow's needs? Where do we draw inspiration for a successful transformation - in the US, Asia or Europe?

This year FOJAB is represented in Almedalen by ten architects from our offices in Malmö, Stockholm and Gothenburg. Feel free to book us for talks and panels, invite us to events and mingle or just grab us on the street for a chat. Our contact details and specialties:


Kjell Adamsson, Deputy CEO and Head of Business Development. Architect with a focus on early stages, strong ideas and development of new projects in close dialog with our clients. Runs complex projects with a particular focus on legal buildings. Happy to talk about how we as architects can help develop and transform existing properties in a sustainable way in a time of both climate and economic challenges.

Mobile: +46 708 - 83 80 82


Karin Fagerberg, Head of Operations. Architect specializing in urban planning processes and design of major urban development areas. Always looking for learning collaborations and developing future urban environments with unique qualities paired with feasibility.

Mobile: +46 705 - 27 46 15


Magdalena Hedman, marketing manager, responsible for the urban development competence area. Curious about the world, innovation, urban development, research and collaborations that lead to sustainable urban development. Likes to talk about trends in the world around us and the social, ecological and climatic benefits of urban planning.

Mobile: +46 708 - 47 05 50


Petra Jenning, innovation manager for FOJAB's research and development initiatives. Theme leader for the strategic innovation program Smart Built Environment, sits on the sustainability council of Svensk Byggplåt and guest blogs for Sweden's Architects. Likes to talk about the future, innovation power, climate calculation, reuse and digitization.

Mobile phone: +46 722 – 36 12 44

Fredrik Kjellgren, office manager for FOJAB in Gothenburg. Always looking for interesting collaborations and to develop projects, preferably with a focus on urban development, transformation and sustainability.

Mobile: +46 707 - 90 50 88


Carl Kylberg, office manager Malmö. Has worked a lot with offices and relocations and likes to discuss the workplace of the future.

Mobile: +46 709 - 90 30 10


Jens Larsson, market area manager Stockholm and responsible for the competence area real estate development. An architect with a focus on early stages and value creation who is passionate about the possibilities of architecture and the needs and challenges of the outside world and how we can find the projects of the future together.

Mobile phone: +46 761 – 65 61 63


Magnus Lundström, responsible for the competence area urban development. Focuses on urban design and early stages and is passionate about creating sustainable urban environments with high residential values. Likes to talk about how we can achieve housing policy goals even in a declining economy through an increased focus on feasibility in urban development - without compromising on urban quality.

Mobile: +46 727 - 17 31 12


Johanna Raflund Tobisson, responsible for the competence area healthcare. Driven by complexity, connections, flows, security thinking and robust purposeful beautiful architecture. Want to get to know those who have thoughts, ideas, projects or input on how to meet the major challenge of elderly care with high needs and staff shortages and on developments in care and health.

Mobile: +46 724 - 02 26 35


Ylva Åborg, head of the Stockholm office and responsible for the transformation competence area. Architect with a focus on sustainability and process management. Member of the Swedish Architects' Board and leads Klimatarena Stockholm's working group for climate-smart materials and is. Likes to talk about climate-smart choices, circular construction, reuse, security and equality issues and transformation.

Mobile: +46 707 - 95 08 80

FOJAB's design tool ensures green views in new neighborhoods

FOJAB's design tool ensures green views in new neighborhoods

FOJAB's design tool ensures green views in new neighborhoods

Seeing trees from your window is good for your health - but how can we make sure that newly built homes have enough green views and new neighborhoods have enough greenery? FOJAB is developing a tool that is currently being tested in the new Jägersro district in Malmö.

Greenery is good for human well-being and has a range of proven health benefits. Greenery is also important for biodiversity, trees reduce the temperature in cities, reduce stormwater runoff during heavy rainfall, reduce noise and improve air quality.

Many cities have both parks, urban nature and residential greenery, but the green areas tend to decrease when buildings are densified. The 3-30-300 rule is a measure of greenery that has been disseminated both nationally and internationally in the planning of healthy cities. It states that everyone should be able to see at least 3 trees from their home, each city block should have at least 30% canopy coverage and all residents should have a maximum of 300 meters to a green area. But how do you go about achieving these goals in practice?

FOJAB has developed a tool based on the 3-30-300 rule for the design of new blocks or neighborhoods. With the help of FOJAB's tool, you can see the distance to green areas, the predicted crown coverage in an area and get an idea of the amount of greenery from the windows of the proposed residential buildings - and adapt the design accordingly. The view is graded from 0 to 5, with 5 meaning that the entire field of view is covered by trees and 0 meaning no view of trees at all.

- In the early stages, these are not exact truths, but if you get 0 on one side of a building and 5 on the other, it is an indication that the building should perhaps have apartments throughout. Or that the side without a tree view should contain non-residential activities," explains Simon Kallioinen, an architect at FOJAB who developed the tool.

FOJAB's 3-30-300 tool is now being tested for the first time at Jägersro, a district in Malmö that will be developed with more than 4000 new homes, workplaces, shops, schools and preschools. Property owner SMT Malmö Exploatering's ambition is for Jägersro to become the most sustainable district in the Öresund region, with a strong focus on green environments. Åsa Samuelsson, architect at FOJAB, talks about some of the insights gained:

- The crown coverage rate is the most difficult to achieve and 30 percent is very high. It is also a challenge to define the size of tree crowns in a developing neighborhood where the trees have not yet been planted. Should you measure the crown of a tree that is newly planted, ten years old or thirty years old? This of course affects the result.

- But regardless of the definition, the tool gives an early and good indication of which parts are working well and which parts need extra attention. Do we need to build bigger blocks to get more trees in the yards? Or build mobility houses instead of parking garages to enable large volumes of trees in the courtyards? Maybe we should lower the buildings in some parts of the block for the sake of the view.

- We should also not forget that people may not only want shade. Some people also want to get some sun," says Anders Hall, CEO of SMT Malmö Exploatering AB. The next step is to link carbon dioxide calculations to the tool. "If you can quickly calculate an estimate of how much carbon the trees bind and clearly see the positive climate effects we are building into the district, it would really help us to achieve the vision of the most sustainable district in the Öresund region.

Let the water take its place!

Let the water take its place!

Let the water take its place!

The City of Gothenburg is a pioneer in water issues to reduce the risk of flooding, and one of FOJAB's partners in the Vinnova project WiCiD. Lisa Ekström from the City Planning Department explains how to work with water as a resource instead of seeing it as a problem.

Why is the city of Gothenburg so far ahead in terms of water issues?

- The background is that Gothenburg is in a risk-prone location with rainwater running down into the city center from surrounding hills, periodic high flows in the Göta River and the ongoing sea level rise. With the expected climate change, we have realized that we need to manage the water issue more like we manage traffic infrastructure, for example. The road network consists of major routes, medium-sized roads and smaller streets, and changes in one place affect traffic in several other places. It's the same with water, it's a complex system that's interrelated and doesn't care about municipal boundaries and is also of great importance for plant and animal life.

How have you proceeded?

- We began by analyzing how the city would be affected by a so-called 100-year rainfall event and developed structural plans for cloudbursts. The Circulation and Water Administration was given responsibility for coordinating cloudburst issues in the city. Water has been given a place both in our internal processes and in concrete terms in the city. The new master plan deals with water issues in a more structured way. When new buildings are planned and built, requirements are now set for water management, much like we set requirements for green spaces.

What is the main challenge in implementing such an approach? 

- The municipality does not have control over all land, so it is important to create acceptance among the affected property owners where the water is located. It is important to emphasize added value - which can be difficult when the water or measures do not necessarily create added value for all property owners. The issue is quite new to many, we need to better understand what water can do in the dense city in particular. This applies not only to external property owners but also to officials and politicians. We need to be able to show what different decisions and measures lead to.

- The tool that DHI is developing within the WiCiD research project will be of great help here. It is a visual scenario tool that allows you to test different alternatives in a seated meeting and immediately see the consequences. Where does the rainwater go if you build in different places in the city? What is the difference in runoff if you harden the surface or build a lawn or open stormwater system?

- We see a great need to better communicate and more clearly visualize the consequences of different choices. Here we believe that visual digital tools can be an important piece of the puzzle, which is also why we are involved in WiCiD.

What can municipalities gain from working in a more structured way on water issues?

- The primary concern is that society should be affected as little as possible. Buildings and infrastructure should not be damaged by torrential rain. Ambulance and rescue services should be able to do their job, and people's health and safety should be protected. It is also an economic issue. Here it should be borne in mind that the accumulated damage effect and thus the costs will be greater when torrential rainfall occurs more frequently. Nor should we forget the indirect costs such as loss of production and the impact on people's well-being.

- But it is also about what WiCiD is pushing for, to see water not only as a problem but as a resource in the urban environment. In the dense city, there is great pressure on space. Here, water can serve as an argument for preserving the green gaps in the city and creating beautiful yet functional places for both people and animals. A submerged grass area in a park can become a water mirror. Trees soak up rainwater and reduce the risk of flooding - as well as providing shade during heatwaves, home to pollinating insects, and creating a sense of well-being.

- Things that cannot be clearly measured can be difficult to manage and value in a planning process. What is the full value of planting a tree, for example? Within WiCiD, a methodology is now being developed that makes the soft values of water visible, which makes it easier to get an overall picture and thus to prioritize when we develop the city.

Read more about WiCiD - Water in City Design, solutions for wicked planning problem

FOJAB designs nature-oriented neighborhood with historical heritage

FOJAB designs nature-oriented neighborhood with historical heritage

FOJAB designs nature-oriented neighborhood with historical heritage

Åstaden will be a new neighborhood in Kävlinge, Skåne, which includes both a cultural-historical industrial environment and a nature trail next to the Kävlinge River. Together with Lantmännen, Hemsö and Kävlinge municipality, FOJAB has developed the planning program. Work is now beginning on the first detailed plan.

Åstaden is strategically located between Kävlinge and Furulund in western Skåne, a four-minute bike ride from each train station. Here, a small town environment will emerge with 1900 new homes of various types and tenures, commerce and community services in the form of schools, preschools, housing for the elderly and a medical center.

Åstaden is divided into four different sub-areas, all with different characters based on their respective conditions: Trädgårdsstaden, Åkvarteren, Bethyllan and Sockerbruket. The latter includes the old sugar mill with factory buildings from the late 19th century and associated staff housing and offices in a lush park environment. Significant parts of the industrial historical environments will be preserved and given new content.

In Åstaden, as much attention is paid to the quality of housing as to outdoor activities, the spaces between buildings, meetings and experiences. The Kävlingeån river will be a major asset in the district, providing opportunities for ecological corridors and nature close to homes. The currently inaccessible and unused land around the river will be developed with a nature trail. In the plan, the river walk is proposed to become a 2.5 kilometer long continuous wetland and recreational area and the district's green meeting place.

- "We have worked a lot on managing high water flows in and around Kävlingeån," says Pia Månsson, responsible architect at FOJAB. "With the help of wide green paths and areas that delay the water, we create an attractive and at the same time resilient environment that will prevent flooding.

The development will take place in stages. The first to undergo detailed planning is the northern parts of the area around the old sugar mill. This is Åstaden's major hub that will house the area's new square, school, services and housing in both apartment buildings and terraced houses.

- We see a unique opportunity to create a neighborhood close to nature in harmony with the landscape and the cultural environment on the site. An area with a mix of house types and housing forms that gives people of all ages the opportunity to live here, where there is great proximity to services and with unbeatable regional accessibility in western Skåne," says Masoud Taheri, Head of Development at Lantmännen Fastigheter AB.

FOJAB defies the economy with Gothenburg investment

FOJAB defies the economy with Gothenburg investment

FOJAB defies the economy with Gothenburg investment

In a time of uncertainty and a declining economy, FOJAB is going against the grain and investing in the future. Fredrik Kjellgren is head of the newly opened office in Gothenburg, which is now moving into Hasselblad's old camera factory.

What about old factory premises and FOJAB?

- The Malmö office is housed in a knitwear factory and the Stockholm office in a bicycle factory - it seems obvious that the Gothenburg office should be in a camera factory! These are environments that suit us very well and also highlight what our work as architects will be even more about in the future - finding development opportunities for existing buildings so that they can live longer.

How is FOJAB received in Gothenburg?

- Good, there is a lot of interest! FOJAB is a Malmö company and Gothenburgers are somewhat fascinated by Malmö. The legacy of the shipyard unites us, but Malmö also has a special and exciting cultural offering, and as a Gothenburg native who has worked in Skåne, I would like to help a cultural exchange along the way. My idea is for FOJAB to organize different kinds of public events, preferably with a connection to Malmö. We will bring the best of Malmö to Gothenburg!

Looking for new staff for the office?

- Absolutely! I am looking forward to having colleagues in Gothenburg, but we are not rushing to make any appointments, the important thing is that the right people work well together. At FOJAB there is a very nice culture, a community and care for each other that I want to protect.

- But I don't hide the fact that we are looking for the very best. Of course, this means different things if you are a commissioned architect or if you are a recent graduate. A commissioning manager should have won competitions, have their own client contacts and the ability to generate their own commissions. But it's not necessarily about having the best portfolio. You might as well have a special skill or talent. Having specialist knowledge in sustainability is of course attractive.

- Coming to a newly started office means that you get great opportunities to influence, but in return you must not be afraid to take action where needed, high and low. It's really a golden seat, we can be the adventurous little sister who at the same time feels the security of the mother ship and the strength of 150 talented colleagues in Malmö, Helsingborg and Stockholm.

What do you think distinguishes FOJAB as an architectural practice?

- FOJAB operates within the proud tradition of Skåne architecture, which is of a very high standard. They are not satisfied with the broad strokes but also attach great importance to the details. At FOJAB there is a great deal of knowledge about how to realize buildings with a high level of workmanship. This applies to everything from housing in beautiful, solid materials to intricate details on court buildings. There is also an incredible amount of internal knowledge in sustainability and innovation, and close collaboration with research and academia.

What is most important for the future? Have you identified a direction for the Gothenburg office?

- I have identified a number of areas where I see the greatest potential. But of course it's also about the skills our new employees bring with them, which we can use to build FOJAB further. Regardless of the direction, we are now entering new times; a new economy and here in Gothenburg also a new architectural policy. Going forward, much will be about how we can adapt architecture to the new conditions. For me it is important to create beautiful and good architecture even with a smaller budget. It will also be particularly important to have the courage and strength to stick to good and sustainable projects.


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Clearance for the transformation of Kungsholmskvarter

Clearance for the transformation of Kungsholmskvarter

Clearance for the transformation of Kungsholmskvarter

A stately city block that is open and inviting. SThe City Planning Board in Stockholm has now adopted the zoning plan for Hornsberg 10, one of the important pieces of the puzzle in Västra Kungsholmen's transformation from an industrial area to a vibrant residential and office area. FOJAB is developing the block in collaboration with Castellum. 

Attractive workplaces, public spaces and an open ground floor with space for cafés, restaurants and shops - the block on Västra Kungsholmen is set to undergo a major transformation. New, modern office environments and inviting places will give the neighborhood new life.

- Our ambition is to create a natural destination, a place that attracts visitors. Today, Hornsberg 10 is a rather motley neighborhood characterized by extensive renovations, additions and extensions. The ground floor is also completely enclosed. The new building will heal the neighborhood and create a coherent city block with mixed functions and a public ground floor - a new whole," says Jens Larsson, responsible architect at FOJAB.

In the design of the new office building, FOJAB's architects have drawn inspiration from older industrial architecture and the brick tradition in the area. The ground floor opens up with generous glass sections and a grand main entrance is planned towards Lindhagensgatan.

- The neighborhood will become vibrant and accessible in a completely new way. With more workplaces, we will have an increased pulse even during the day," says Jens Larsson.

Scope: 19 000 m2 BTA new building
Status: Detailed plan adopted
Responsible architect: Jens Larsson, FOJAB
Client: Castellum

Gränden is Allmännyttan's best new construction project

Gränden is Allmännyttan's best new construction project

Gränden is Allmännyttan's best new construction project

The Gränden block, which FOJAB designed for Lund Kommunala Fastighetsbolag, has been chosen as the best new construction project in 2023. ”Surprising and skillful transformation of a desolate parking street into a beautiful urban environment”, writes the jury in the motivation.

FOJAB has developed the Offerkällan million program area in northern Lund for LKF with eight new buildings named Gränden. "The buildings are carefully adapted to the site and the existing buildings, but also add a harmonious variation in height and choice of materials," writes the jury in its motivation for the first prize.

- The alley is close to my heart, so it's great that it's being recognized! It was important for us to take advantage of the fine qualities of the area and at the same time improve what does not work as well. With well-balanced placement, strong form and high quality in materials and detailing, the new houses have become a boost for the entire area. This is the result of a really good collaboration with LKF and project manager Anna Medin," says Joachim Lundquist, responsible architect at FOJAB.

When the Offerkällan million-dollar program was built in the 1960s, the road was lowered into a ditch in the manner of the time. Traffic was kept separate from the residents, but it also meant that the area was divided in two. To heal the two parts, six of the new houses have been placed along the previously submerged road. What used to be a desolate asphalt ditch with garage entrances for cars has been transformed into a safe and pleasant urban street for pedestrians and different types of traffic with more and different types of entrances, windows and porticos.

The new development is higher than the existing one, but connects to the lower buildings through a two-storey arm at one end of the street. Townhouses on the ground floor provide nice micro-environments and an increased variety of housing qualities. Porticos across the buildings create new sight lines, increase transparency and open up the area.

- The houses are built in solid, genuine materials that will age beautifully and last a long time. The detailing is consistently high with a quality that is both seen and felt - these are houses that can be approached," says Joachim Lundquist at FOJAB.

Ten new construction projects were nominated for this year's edition of the Allmännyttan's best new construction project competition. The nominated projects were examined based on criteria including sustainability, innovation, architectural design, adaptation to the site and the functionality of the apartments.

"Surprising and skillful transformation of a desolate parking street into a beautiful urban environment. The houses are carefully adapted to the site and the existing buildings but also add a harmonious variation in height and choice of materials. The houses are of high quality with fine details and it is clear that everything is well done. Great care has also been taken with outdoor environments and green roofs. There are also solar cells on the roofs and electric car pools to make it easier to live sustainably. High ambitions for the future management of the area where the property is a digital twin. Communication to tenants is done digitally."

The jury consisted of:
Anna Heide, business development manager at the real estate company Trianon.
Johanna Bocian Östberg, Studio Manager at Okidoki Architects
Kristina Mjörnell, Business and Innovation Area Manager at the research institute Rise.
Pia Lundgren, project area manager at SISAB (Skolfastigheter in Stockholm).
Örjan Wikforss, architect, professor and doctor of technology

Minimizing the carbon footprint in the next phase of the Trikåfabrik.

Minimizing the carbon footprint in the next phase of the Trikåfabrik.

Minimizing the carbon footprint in the next phase of the Trikåfabrik.

Following the renovation of a century-old knitwear factory in Malmö, Stena Fastigheter and FOJAB are taking the development of the block forward with a new building for creative activities. Sustainability ambitions remain high with a focus on longevity, future-proofing and minimizing the climate footprint.

A new building is being added to the historic Bilden block at Möllevången in Malmö. The new addition draws inspiration from the surroundings but has its own expression characterized by our time. In terms of volume, it is adapted to the surrounding buildings. The design is characterized by few, simple, noble materials and great care for material meetings and details. The new building is erected on what is currently a parking lot.

The transformation of the century-old Trikåfabriken into modern offices has attracted a lot of attention, including a finalist in the prestigious Building of the Year competition, which focuses on sustainable construction. Sustainability is also key in the new building, which is being built using the LFM30 methodology to achieve climate neutrality.

All materials are optimized for sustainability in terms of lifespan, function and climate impact. Reuse, recycling and demountability are keywords. The building will be constructed with recycled steel in the frame and recycled materials in facades, floors and walls. For example, bricks from an existing wall on the site and limestone flooring from the demolished hover terminal in Malmö will be used.

- We have drawn on the experience of the old knitwear factory for the new one. Large amounts of light, high ceilings and a rational structure provide flexibility for changes over time. What is an open-plan office today could be a cellular office, housing or a factory in fifty years' time," says lead architect Jonas Ruthblad.

The new building adds new qualities to the area where there are currently homes, schools, some services and various creative activities. The addition of premises for more activities will make the neighborhood lively for most of the day. A restaurant on the ground floor contributes to the life of the street. A large open gateway invites the public to the courtyard, where the current parking lot will provide space for activities, hanging out and meetings between people. The roofs are also made into meeting places with sunny terraces.

- "We want to create a vibrant ground floor that enriches the entire neighborhood and serves as an energetic gathering point. The building itself is designed to help stimulate the sharing of services and co-use of space between old and new tenants," says Sofia Lagerblad, Head of Business Development at Stena Fastigheter Malmö.

Construction is planned to start in 2024 with Thage as contractor. Estimated occupancy preliminary during 2025.

'Industry standard needed for climate calculations'

'Industry standard needed for climate calculations'

'Industry standard needed for climate calculations'

A building's carbon footprint is largely determined by its shape and frame. FOJAB has therefore developed the Leaf Cutter Ant tool for CO2 calculations in early design stages. But an industry standard is needed, says Simon Kallioinen, architect and lab director at FOJAB.

In collaboration with IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute, Tyréns and Warm in the Winter, FOJAB has developed Leaf Cutter Ant, a tool that shows the connections between a building's geometry, frame solution and climate footprint. The tool provides construction and real estate industry actors with knowledge to evaluate different solutions to make wise climate decisions in early stages, such as detailed plans, feasibility studies and volume sketches.

Real-time feedback
Leaf Cutter Ant is linked to the Building Sector's Environmental Calculation Tool (BM) with generic climate data for different building elements. Leaf Cutter Ant provides real-time feedback on the building's climate impact based on volume and materials, allowing the architect to quickly and easily compare the climate footprint of different building options.

To further simplify the work process, there are pre-set templates with combinations of different components. Leaf Cutter Ant also gives indications of price and makes a rough dimensioning to obtain credible quantities. And so that you don't lose sight of the climate emissions in the construction phase, an energy key figure is presented with an indication of the energy performance of the chosen solution.

- This function is important for understanding the total climate footprint. A good LCA value in the construction phase can result in a lower energy value and thus higher CO2 emissions in the operation phase. It is important not to put off the problems," says Simon Kallioinen.

Difficult to compare
Leaf Cutter Ant will be freely available to anyone with a license to the Construction Sector Environmental Assessment Tool. However, there are several different tools on the market for designing and continuously evaluating climate impact. And although it is good that many people are working simultaneously to reduce the climate footprint of the construction industry, there is a problem that the calculations are not comparable, says Simon Kallioinen.

- Different LCA calculation tools are based on different databases - which can give completely different results. They also count different things to some extent: some include internal walls, for example, while others do not. It works well to compare different solutions within a project. But comparing projects that have been LCA calculated with different tools is not as easy. A tool-independent standardization would be needed," he says.

Accounting is required
The need for both calculations and comparisons will increase. Today, climate declarations must be submitted for all new projects before the municipality gives final approval, and by 2027 the Swedish National Board of Housing, Building and Planning will present its limit values. The EU taxonomy, a regulatory framework that forces new investments to stay within the Paris Agreement's target of a maximum of 1.5 degrees of warming, will also increase interest in climate calculations at an early stage, when the most crucial decisions are made that affect the climate budget.

- Already, some competitions and land allocations require a schematic representation of CO2 emissions, and this is likely to become more common. It is important that the results are comparable even if you work with different tools," says Simon.

Common methodology
Discussions are ongoing between the major architectural firms to try to agree on a common methodology. The LFM30 climate network, which brings together the building and construction industry in Malmö, has also invited people to a meeting on climate calculations in the hope of possible cooperation.

- If enough of us can agree on a methodology, it can hopefully become an industry standard. Everyone would benefit from that," says Simon Kallioinen.


Find out more about our climate calculation tool for early stages here. Leaf Cutter Ant

FOJAB designs Höör's next development area

FOJAB designs Höör's next development area

FOJAB designs Höör's next development area

Maglehill is now taking shape, Höör's largest development area, which will also be a new entrance to the town. FOJAB has designed the neighborhood and designed the new school, preschool, a sports hall and special housing.

Maglehill is located one kilometer from the train station in Höör and an important focus in the development of the new district has been to use the land efficiently. The urban structure is dense with greenery as a supporting element. The housing will serve all stages of life, with villas and terraced houses as well as apartment buildings and various types of retirement homes.

The district is formed around a rounded main street where the area's social functions are gathered: school, preschool, special housing and sports hall. The facades form a welcoming advertisement and background on the way into Höör. All the main entrances face the main street and at a number of larger and smaller places, which run like a string of pearls along the street, you can safely pick up and drop off children and students. On the other side, the houses face a large, undulating, south-facing courtyard. The garden for the special housing, the preschool's outdoor courtyard and the school's schoolyard are placed with beautiful views of the cultural landscape.

Maglehill is being built in two stages by the contractor MVB on behalf of Höörs Fastighets AB. The first phase, which has now begun, includes the special accommodation with 56 apartments and 60 beds. Estimated occupancy is during 2023 and 2024. FOJAB has designed the accommodation until the building permit phase.

The second phase includes the F-6 school for 600 pupils, the pre-school for eight departments and an outdoor department, and the sports hall, which will also be used for club activities. All are designed by FOJAB. Occupancy for phase two is expected to start in August 2024.

- "The school is robustly designed with sustainable and durable solutions where we have streamlined the space without compromising on operational needs and suitability," says Charlotte Kristensson, the responsible architect.

The school is structured around homerooms rather than corridors, which creates security and is an important educational quality. The whole school is also designed to be shoeless, so that children can take off their shoes at the entrance. This provides a pleasant indoor environment, which in turn can have positive learning effects.

"Hotels need to be different"

"Hotels need to be different"

"Hotels need to be different"

Many architects can design good-looking hotels, but far from all can design well-functioning ones. This is according to Martin Montelin, responsible for the competence area Hotel & Conference at FOJAB.

What is so special about hotels?

- Few places are as intense as hotels, so full of life. Many people are crowded into a small area and most of the guests are replaced almost daily. This places special demands on the architecture," says Martin, pointing to an exciting duality:

- Hotels are both luxurious oases and super-efficient workplaces - at the same time. What should feel like a break from everyday life for guests is just a regular working day for staff. As an architect, it is important to understand both sides.

What is most challenging about designing hotels?

- A lot is about logistics and building smart flows in the parts that the guest does not see. In Scandinavia, where staff costs are high, it is important to be able to build hotels that can be run with a small staff. Rooms should be quick to clean, breakfast and reception should be handled by as few people as possible. There should be separate elevators for guests and linen - there is a whole world behind that you as a guest never notice.

- Conference hotels also need to ensure that regular hotel guests are not disturbed by a group of conference guests entering and leaving the building and suddenly having coffee at the same time. Again, it's about arranging flows so that guests don't disturb each other and making everyone feel welcome.

Is there a blueprint for a good hotel?

- Not really, hotels need to be different. Each hotel should have its niche, its special offer and add value to the specific location it is in. As an architect, we need to be sensitive to the client's needs and the environment so that we can design unique solutions.

- Then, of course, there are trends in everything. Right now, hotels should feel a bit like home; you should step straight into a warm and cozy environment rather than being greeted by a formal reception desk. The reception is moved further into the entrance area and you are greeted by a bar or restaurant instead.

F&B is a concept in the hotel world - what is it?

- It stands for Food & Beverage and has become an increasingly important complement to accommodation and conference activities. For hotels that cannot add more rooms, F&B can be an opportunity for expansion. The development is also linked to a changing view of the hotel's function. Traditionally, the hotel was a closed world reserved for guests, but successful hotels today are those that have opened up and become meeting places that attract both guests and locals to have a drink in the bar.

- This trend of blurring the lines between different types of visitors has reached conference hotels as well. Business travelers have started to make new demands. They want the conference hotels to feel a little more fun, be a little cooler, have a more pleasant atmosphere and offer something extra, such as a spa. So conference hotels will need to broaden their offerings.

How are hotel architects addressing climate challenges?

- Extending the life of existing buildings by giving them a new function - that's real sustainability and the potential for hotels is huge. This is of course my personal opinion, but I think hotels in old buildings are often more charming than new ones. Old buildings require some unexpected solutions that give a special feeling and character.

- Locating a hotel in a post office, police station or old prison can also help the hotel gain a certain profile that makes it stand out from the crowd. But it doesn't have to be a magnificent turn-of-the-century building. We need to take care of the newer stock as well. Obsolete office buildings can work perfectly well as hotels!

- For both economic and climate reasons, it is also important to save space. It is important to manage the large spaces in conference hotels so that several different events can take place in parallel without disturbing each other. For the same reason, we are also seeing a trend away from the large breakfast rooms that are so typical of hotels in Scandinavia. They are only used for a few hours in the morning and are often empty for the rest of the day. I think we will see the same development in Sweden as in the rest of Europe, where breakfast is not automatically included in the price. It will be something you can choose to add yourself, breakfast will be a bit more exclusive, the rush every morning will disappear - and the space can be reduced.

FOJAB opens office in Gothenburg

FOJAB opens office in Gothenburg

FOJAB opens office in Gothenburg

FOJAB opens an office in Gothenburg on March 1. The office manager is Fredrik Kjellgren who started and ran the sustainability profile Kjellgren Kaminsky.

FOJAB is one of Sweden's leading architectural firms with around 150 employees. The head office is located in Malmö and there are also offices in Stockholm and Helsingborg. The recruitment of Fredrik Kjellgren will be the starting point for the new Gothenburg office.

- We have won a number of competitions in western Sweden in recent years and feel that we need a stronger local presence. Gothenburg is an exciting market where a lot is happening, and there is an awareness of architectural quality that is driven by the municipality. We believe we can contribute to the city's ambitions - even more so now with Fredrik's help," says CEO Daniel Nord.

Fredrik Kjellgren started Gothenburg-based Kjellgren Kaminsky in 2007, an office that was already strong in sustainability with a focus on certifications, energy-efficient buildings and recycling. Fredrik is an architect and interior designer with experience from furniture to urban planning from early to late stages in Sweden and the Nordics. Two years after selling his company, he now chooses to join FOJAB.

- FOJAB has completed some fantastic projects; large complex buildings with high architectural standards and attention to detail. I feel that we share the same values, we have the same ideas about architecture, how to work together and how to run a business. There is room here to drive the development of both operations, new offices and new projects," says Fredrik Kjellgren.

- Fredrik is a strong architect and a pioneer in sustainability. His experience and drive in this area are very important to us. In addition, he has successfully built up an office before. We are so happy that he is joining us," says CEO Daniel Nord.

The ambition for the Gothenburg office is to grow gradually with a focus on high architectural quality, strong competence and a really good mix of people who want to create joy in their work.

- Of course, it can be perceived as cocky that we are expanding in the middle of a recession and declining construction market, but we see strong development and potential in Gothenburg and western Sweden. We are rigging the organization now so that we are ready when things turn around," says CEO Daniel Nord.


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The art of decorating with recycled materials

The art of decorating with recycled materials

The art of decorating with recycled materials

How to make an interior last over time? Reuse can add character and identity to an interior, making it appreciated and worth keeping for a long time. We discuss success factors and pitfalls with two of FOJAB's experts on reuse in interior design.

The interior design industry has long been accused of encouraging a throw-away mentality. But recently, something has changed.

- Most people think it's healthy to make use of what's available - as long as it's not too complicated. This is where we can help," says Lisa Mannheimer, interior designer at FOJAB.

What is the difference between working with reuse and new production?

- We spend more time inventorying, finding and assessing furniture. The process as a whole does not need to take longer because we avoid long delivery times. For the customer, it's not necessarily cheaper, as you might think. It is rather that the costs move from purchasing to working time for the architects. A working time that many of our customers from a sustainability perspective often think is worth paying for," says Lisa.

- Although there is a wide range of second-hand furniture available, there is slightly more freedom in working with new production. But the constraints can make the work process more interesting and the quality or aesthetics don't have to be worse, says Robin Larsson, an architect at FOJAB who has worked extensively with reuse in interior design.

The key to success is an interior concept that is strong enough, but at the same time flexible, so that the choice on the reuse market is not too limited.

- With an interior designer's trained eye and sense of quality and design, we can scan the market and assess what fits the budget and concept of a specific project. What is worth saving and what can be refined - and above all, what fits together. We can create an interior that feels cohesive even if the components are taken from different places, eras and contexts," says Lisa.

The rental market for furniture is growing, which is positive from a sharing point of view. At the same time, we have historically tended to show more care for things we own, less for what we rent. So how do you avoid the wear and tear of an interior?

- Regardless of ownership, we need to take care of our furniture and understand that nothing should be thrown away from now on. Don't jump on the sofa, don't rock the chair - you're doing the climate a favor. Working with sentimental value, design and strong furniture increases the chances of the interior lasting over time," says Robin and continues:

- For me, a sustainable interior is not just recycled, but so conceptual and stylish that it also stands the test of time. I love environments that feel like time has stood still - without feeling dated. Repurposing can add a unique character and a strong identity, which in turn can make environments even more appreciated.

- Of course, it can be a challenge if the customer is sitting with boring furniture from before and is looking for something new and fresh. A customer who pays for a change often wants to see a clear difference. The simple solution has long been to propose a major overhaul, but both we and customers may be thinking a little differently today. We must be able to offer an environment that is at least as good as buying new. But it will probably take some time before the resistance to second-hand is completely gone," says Lisa.

One way to make office furnishings last longer, for example, is to work long-term with a good base in the interior material choices that suit many different tenants. That way, not everything has to be replaced when a new company moves in.

- That's why we often design with flexibility and demountability in mind - and let the client's identity be reflected in the loose furniture instead. As architects ourselves, we can be a bit locked into what is nice and ugly. This is something we need to work on as an industry. The most important sustainability approach in the work with interiors is to avoid wear and tear and ensure that the disposal is done in a responsible way," says Robin.

Is there a difference between working for public and private clients?

- It is absolutely possible to create beautiful and coherent environments with reused furniture even in public procurement, it's all about knowing how to put together the tender documents. We help with that! The most important thing for a good result is that the customer is interested, that they want to move in the same direction. This applies to both the public and private sectors," says Lisa.

But she actually thinks that the law on public procurement is not compatible with circular ambitions. "Reuse is based on seizing opportunities as they arise, and this can be difficult to reconcile with such a controlled process as LOU. Public purchasers may also find it more difficult to make decisions as quickly as the purchase of used furniture requires.

What is the key issue for reuse?

- The issue of how to deal with bad furniture is far from resolved, but at least it has been put on the table. Awareness has increased," says Lisa.

- "I agree and call for a national approach to recycling," says Robin. 'The whole chain needs to be reviewed. If we are to stop throwing away, we need a better structure for recycling for both individuals and businesses, and I encourage and cheer on all those who run reuse-related businesses - especially those who refine, upcycle and give end-of-life products a longer life.

Business intelligence strengthens FOJAB - and customers

Business intelligence strengthens FOJAB - and customers

Business intelligence strengthens FOJAB - and customers

What will our business look like in ten years? Many companies are asking this question right now. FOJAB is strengthening its external work to prepare itself - and its customers - for a changing time.

FOJAB has developed its strategic work on business intelligence. This is to be able to make well-founded decisions about its own market, business and service development, but also to become an even better support for its customers.

- We want to be able to help our customers solve some of the challenges they are currently facing," says Magdalena Hedman, Marketing Manager at FOJAB and continues:

- We have identified five major trends that are important to address in the future. Some of the trends affect us here and now, while others have a slightly longer-term perspective. The climate and the economic situation are of course included, but also trends related to demographics and public health, digitalization and the opportunities that technological development brings. And then we take a closer look at a trend we call architecture beyond the object, which is about how architecture can contribute solutions to many of the social problems of our time.

The five main trends have in turn been analyzed from four different perspectives: economic, social, environmental and technological. The results are presented on twenty-five different cards.

- The cards are concrete tools to be used internally and together with our customers, as a springboard for further discussion. With the help of the cards, we hope to identify both problems and possible ways forward," says Magdalena Hedman.

The first to take advantage of the business cards were the members of the South Swedish Chamber of Commerce at a network meeting.

- We were all impressed by the presentation, which with clear and easy-to-explain perspectives demonstrates important aspects to relate to in the future. The lecture aroused curiosity and we look forward to having the opportunity to let a wider circle take part in FOJAB's work in a workshop, says Ulrika Dieroff, Head of Business Services, South Swedish Chamber of Commerce.


Would you like to know more? Feel free to contact us:

Magdalena Hedman, Marketing Manager
+46 708 – 47 05 50

Addressing the needs of patients and families

Addressing the needs of patients and families

Addressing the needs of patients and families

The palliative care ward at Lasarettet in Motala will be rebuilt to best meet the needs of the organization, patients and relatives. FOJAB is behind the design.

The reconstruction of Motala Lasarett's palliative care department is one of several assignments that FOJAB has for Region Östergötland within the framework agreement. In February, the construction document design starts.

This is a major reconstruction and modernization of the ward. The major difference for patients will be that the multi-patient rooms will be converted into single-patient rooms.

- Palliative care is special because the patient does not recover. We work a lot on making the rooms comfortable and cozy with the help of lighting, colors, views and art," says Johanna Raflund Tobisson, responsible architect at FOJAB.

- At the same time, we must always think in a longer perspective when renovating, building and extending, so that the solutions are general and other activities can move in after only minor adjustments. As architects, we have an important role to play here, to create spaces with a high degree of generality and flexibility without them becoming bare, boring and technology-heavy. It requires knowledge and finesse.

The needs of relatives are also given greater attention in Motala's new palliative care unit. Overnight accommodation for relatives is an important part of the care given to patients at the end of their lives.

- By creating this area in the single patient rooms, loved ones can be present and make the last time worthwhile. 'We also create small seating niches in the corridor where relatives can withdraw and leave the patient for a short time but still be close by,' says Johanna Raflund Tobisson.

FOJAB has developed the new floor plan in close dialogue with the business, so that the premises are maximally effective and can support the care in the best possible way. The rebuilt ward is expected to be opened in 2024.

Architecture-wise children

Architecture-wise children

Architecture-wise children

Children have the right to have a say and be listened to in all matters that concern them, not least their own living environment. We listened to students in Mörrum to better understand how they feel about their new school.

At FOJAB, we have good experience of working from a child perspective. We work a lot with user dialogue to meet the needs of children in schools and other knowledge environments, but we have felt a desire to supplement the toolbox with methods for how we can work better with the child's perspective. We wanted to let the children themselves talk about their experiences and participate in shaping the world around them.

The Architecture Wise Kids lab project gave us the opportunity to explore this further. FOJABlab is our platform for experimental development work, where we test ideas and find ways to take knowledge further.

In the autumn of 2022 Mörrum school. Part way through the semester, we met with the students to hear how they feel about the new environment. We wanted to get their views on what works and doesn't work, if they have suggestions for improvements, how they experience and use different parts of their school. For two days, we met students from grades 1, 3 and 6. We did various exercises and talked about everything from form and function, light and acoustics to choice of materials, experience and feeling. We experienced great commitment to the task, pride in the new school and a willingness to share their experiences. We were so impressed by these architecturally wise children, who so insightfully analyze their physical environment!

The direct feedback from the children will help us to ensure what we have done right, but also to understand what we can do better. Another goal was to increase children's interest in architecture and create positive feelings about how to use their influence.

Are you curious about what children thought of their school? See the the movie here!

Want to know more about our methods for working with children's perspectives? Feel free to contact our architecture educator Kristina Kember.

FOJAB sharpens design and construction process with digital skills

FOJAB sharpens design and construction process with digital skills

FOJAB sharpens design and construction process with digital skills

Solutions to complex problems, innovative design and a more efficient manufacturing process. Sound like a dream? It isn't. This is what FOJABcode offers, where code stands for computational design.

Code is about using digital computing tools and programming in the design process. The applications for architects are many.

One is at early stages, such as volume studies to work out how the shape of a building affects its carbon footprint. Or in studies of daylight, wind conditions and views. In order to maximize the lake view in the neighborhood The beach of the drum in Växjö, Sweden, FOJAB developed the View Machine, which shows how much and how good a sea view each apartment has at a certain shape. Each apartment was designed according to the View Machine's results for the best possible sea view.

Another use is as a modeling tool. Computational design can contribute to innovative design and is advantageously used for free-form structures and buildings with organic shapes.

- If the design is to be optimized at the same time, it can be too time-consuming to try to find the ultimate form, and it may not even be possible. Using a mathematical model, you can simulate different solutions and produce a strong expression where geometry and construction reinforce each other," says Henrik Malm, architect and head of FOJABcode.

FOJAB uses computational design both in research collaborations and in projects, such as the mobility house. The doll in Västerås, whose facade consists of sheet metal bent along curved lines.

- When bending along straight lines, you can intuitively understand how the bent material behaves, but when the bending line is a curve, it is not as easy. A digital model was developed to simulate the process, showing what the bending line should look like to give a certain result," says Henrik Malm.

The approach also simplified the flow of information between design and production. This is another use of computational design: streamlining the manufacturing process. Often a welcome bonus for the client.

As with the renovation of the The Crown Prince in Malmö, a 27-storey residential building built in 1964 with a facade consisting of tile mosaics in varying shades that lighten towards the top of the building. FOJAB not only patterned the 1.9 million mosaic pieces using computational design, but was also able to automatically generate 1700 drawings at the touch of a button for immediate delivery to the manufacturer.

And while code explores the possibilities of architecture in a digitalized world, it doesn't necessarily have to be about spectacular buildings.

- Where there are large amounts of data and where our usual tools are not enough, there is an opportunity to apply code," says Henrik Malm.


Want to know more? Please contact Henrik Malm.