Secret garden land allocation win with social focus

Peab and FOJAB are jointly developing a residential neighborhood in the new Jönköping district Skeppsbron at Södra Munksjön. The "Secret Garden" is the result of a land allocation with a clear purpose: to find innovative ways to create social sustainability.

The block that has now received planning permission is designed around a communal courtyard - the secret garden - that is open for everyone to visit. Passers-by are drawn in through a portico and discover the lush green interior. There is a boules court, a large pergola with climbing plants and plenty of seating for guests of the restaurant on the ground floor.

The residents' private courtyard life is instead lifted up to the roof where there is room for neighborly interaction, cultivation, physical activity and everyday movement. There is both an outdoor gym and a multi-sports field. Health, movement and common places for activity were specifically mentioned in the jury's justification of the winning proposal.

The land allocation had a clear focus on the relationship between social sustainability and high demands on housing design, qualitative courtyard environments and an architecture that will communicate a new inner city environment.

The Secret Garden is a classic urban neighborhood based on simple volumes in a robust frame with ground floors that spill out onto the street. The ambition is to create a neighborhood for living in different constellations and for all stages of life.

- Particular emphasis has been placed on meeting the needs of young people for their own accommodation. For example, the block will have a higher proportion of small apartments than a conventional housing project," says Lova Lagercrantz, responsible architect at FOJAB.

In phase 1, which is now going on sale, almost half of the homes have 1-2 rooms and a kitchen. The rest have 3-5 rooms, with some of the larger apartments having a layout that makes it easier to rent out one of the rooms.

The Secret Garden will be certified according to the Nordic Ecolabel. Construction is expected to start in the fall of 2022 and occupancy in the winter of 2024-2025.