MSc Architecture, Royal Institute of Technology
Year 2, Autumn 2023
Housing Studio, individual work

The ecovillage Understenshöjden was constructed in 1995, located in the south of Stockholm, and currently has 44 living units in the form of terraced houses. During the planning of the development, the primary focus was to preserve as much nature as possible. Therefore, the locations of all houses were carefully considered as well as all houses were built on plinths. 
This proposal aims to provide a development plan for Understenshöjden ecovillage, adopting a dispersed strategy that consists of gradual phases. Phase 1 consists of three extension proposals which are presented further below. The specified locations were selected based on current resident needs expressed during a site visit in the initial stages of the project. 
A sliding door wall solution has been applied in two of the extension proposals. 1/3 of the existing wall is retained, and two sliding doors that move in opposite directions are installed on either side of the wall. This solution allows for great flexibility within the unit, and the room configuration can easily be altered by the residents. 
Masonite I-joists have been used for all three extensions. This structural system minimises the use of material and thermal bridges, and contributes to creating well-insulated spaces. All new extensions are built on glulam plinths to preserve nature and minimise the impact on the soil. 
When deciding on facade materials, the choices highly depended on three factors: environmental impact, local resources, and reuse potential. Slate tiles and wood shingles were essentially chosen. 
Summer and winter sun - and everything in-between
Summer and winter sun - and everything in-between

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