What is good housing?

On 18 April, the Stockholm office organized its ninth Architecture Salon on the theme "What is a good home?". The salons, held twice a year in Stockholm and Malmö, have become very popular and contribute to the debate in architecture and urban planning.

The engagement of both the invited speakers and the audience was unmistakable this evening. The discussion was lively and interesting, led by FOJAB arkitekter's Robert Lavelid. Ola Nylander, professor of architecture at Chalmers, started the conversation and then followed a discussion between Ola, Katarina Swedenborg, project manager from Wallenstam and Peter Nilsson, vice president from Viktor Hanson and architect Mats Egelius from White arkitekter.

Some of the discussion topics covered were:

  • What is a good home today compared to yesterday?
  • From state-subsidized apartments to market 'freedom'
  • Do qualities disappear with the bathwater in the boom?
  • Shape, light, spatiality, materials, proportions, room height and transparency
  • Efficiency ratios - surfaces - open floor plans
  • Change over time

Ola Nylander, who researches the qualities of housing, emphasized the importance of good floor plans, light and room sizes. Mats Egelius, is currently writing a book on how housing solutions have changed during his more than 30 years as a housing architect. He emphasized some of these changes. For example, the apartments have generally become smaller and often with open connections between kitchen and living room. Katarina Swedenborg and Peter Nilsson talked a lot about the difficult economy in construction projects, but also about good materials and long-term thinking. Peter talked a bit about Viktor Hanson's investment in a type of house for apartments that can be built in many places.

Thank you to everyone who came and contributed to an interesting and enjoyable evening!


Emma Schöön
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