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AF Bostäder is building for the next generation of student visionaries.

October 30, 2019

AF Bostäder is now starting the construction of Hippocampus – the next stage of the rebuilding of the Kämnärsrätten district in northern Lund. A varied and pleasant quarter will be created, providing space for a further 253 Lund students. In addition, Hippocampus will offer one of Lund’s highest vantage points – a perfect place for the thinkers of tomorrow.

AF Bostäder – and Lund – is going through a record period for new construction of student housing. In 2019, the company completed 616 apartments at Proto and Sagoeken on Kämnärsvägen as well as Marathon on the corner of Tornavägen and Tunavägen. The areas are now occupied, providing housing for 852 Lund students.

AF Bostäder is now continuing its construction programme with Hippocampus, the third student housing quarter of a total of seven new quarters at Kämnärsrätten.

“It feels very inspiring that our visions for student life at Kämnärsrätten are taking shape,” says Henrik Krantz, CEO of AF Bostäder. “Like our other new builds, Hippocampus follows our formula for strengthening the Lund brand as a student city and continuing to attract future students. High housing quality and a focus on all aspects of sustainable development – social, environmental and economic – are clear guiding principles.”

Kämnärsrätten, which was previously a homogeneous 1960s area with car-dominated streets and uniform buildings, will be transformed step by step into an exciting campus environment with a strong focus on sustainability.

“At Hippocampus we are constructing four buildings of varying designs and heights,” says Martin Jacobsson, construction project manager at AF Bostäder. “One angular terrace building, one low-rise terrace building and two tower blocks together frame a green space that provides plenty of room for outdoor activities. The apartments are designed for the best possible student life and are equipped with induction cookers among other things. Each 4-room apartment has its own dishwasher.”

Hippocampus has high environmental requirements such as the choice of building materials, sedum roofs, lower energy consumption than requirements for new builds and a strong focus on using bicycles. Every tenant will have a covered parking spot for their bicycle as standard.

“Hippocampus is named after a small area of grey matter in the limbic system of the brain. It’s an area that is important for our ability to remember but also for our sense of direction – especially when we are to explore new territory. The highest tower block will be ten stories high and as the entire quarter is located on one of Lund’s highest points it may be the highest residential building in the city. Living and studying here, with views over Lund, Skåne and the Öresund strait, will be a real high point for the students. A perfect place for the next generation of student visionaries,” concludes Henrik Krantz.

Facts about Hippocampus student housing

  • Developer: AF Bostäder
  • Floor area: 6 021 m2
  • Number of apartments: 137
  • Number of tenants: approx. 253
  • Apartment types: 1-room apartments and apartments for 2-3 friends
  • Construction start: October 2019
  • Moving in date: End of 2021
  • Main contractor: NIMAB
  • Architect: Jais Arkitekter AB