A win for a diverse and innovative city block in Karlskrona, Sweden

An expressive residential neighborhood, a green nursing home and a social mobility house. Riksbyggen, Odalen Fastigheter and FOJAB won the contract to design a city block on Pottholmen - the new entrance to the World Heritage city of Karlskrona.

Pottholmen is a new neighborhood emerging in Karlskrona. Strategically placed at the entrance, it will be the first encounter with the city. Following a land allocation competition, Riksbyggen, Odalen and FOJAB have now been commissioned by Karlskrona Municipality to develop two of the more central blocks.

The building in the winning proposal is multifaceted in both content and expression and consists of three parts: The Tower District with its housing, restaurants and outdoor seating will be an eye-catcher and an inviting meeting point for both neighborhood community and city life. A new landmark in the city. Garden houses is a nursing home where the sensory experiences and ecological benefits of the green outdoor environment are intertwined. And so The port district, a mobility building that also contributes to public life and the site with attractive spaces for all kinds of activities - and with a public sauna overlooking the city and the sea.

- Our proposal provides a good dynamic in the new district, which the jury appreciated. In terms of design, the buildings are based on Karlskrona's special history and varied urban character, but they end up in a completely unique design language. We have attached great importance to the formation of places, conditions for public life and both quiet and lively meeting places. It's also great that the jury noticed the innovative stormwater management and how we work to integrate solar energy solutions into the buildings," says Anders Eriksson Modin, architect at FOJAB.

- We at Riksbyggen look forward to becoming a present player in Karlskrona and developing the city with our experience and striving for a more sustainable community building. The new homes will offer Karlskrona residents a quality home with sparkling sea views in several directions, but not least to live in a safely managed apartment by our local management organization, says Magnus Laneborg, Market Area Manager Southeast at Riksbyggen.

- We are extremely pleased to see once again how a municipality values our focus on quality. With very high scores for our joint design proposal with project idea and a motivation that highlights the tender's strength in urbanity, design and innovation, we, together with Riksbyggen and FOJAB, are incredibly proud of what we will now create at Pottholmen. The collaboration with both Riksbyggen and FOJAB has been significant for the result of this work process, says Alex Mabäcker, CEO of Odalen Fastigheter.

The block will also be part of the Expo25 housing fair to be held in Karlskrona in 2025.