Nordic Swan Ecolabelled Pireus – new housing for 300 students!
In a project lasting several years, AF Bostäder is converting long-established student housing at Kämnärsrätten into a long-term sustainable city district. Two of the seven new quarters have already been completed, a third is nearing the moving-in stage and construction of Pireus is now underway – a Nordic Swan Ecolabelled area with space for 300 students from all over the world.
“Pireus takes its name from the Greek port outside Athens,” says Henrik Krantz, CEO of AF Bostäder. “It is an appropriate choice, as Pireus will be the portal to Kämnärsrätten itself, the gateway quarter that receives and welcomes residents and visitors. It will lead students and strollers into the area and on to what we call Campuskilen, a green walking, cycling and socialising thoroughfare that will be a pleasant meeting place for everyone in Lund.”
Pireus will consist of five diverse blocks mainly with studio apartments but also two-room-plus-kitchen apartments and some three-room-plus-kitchen apartments. In total, there will be accommodation for 300 students. The buildings will have black and white facades with playfully positioned drainpipes that create graphic patterns. The area is planned for social activities, but also for calm and seclusion in the student housing itself.
“Pireus will be a living city quarter with pleasantly furnished courtyard environments, lots of trees and greenery, and space for sport, games and socialising,” says Henrik Krantz. “All tenants will have cycle parking under cover and free access to the cycle workshop at Pireus. In addition, we will furnish lounges for studies, something that has been high on the agenda for our customers.”
AF Bostäder is building Pireus in collaboration with Wästbygg. Together, the companies have placed considerable focus on sustainability and have set a target that all five buildings are to be Swan Ecolabelled. Among many other things, solar cells will be mounted on the roofs.
“Pireus is an excellent example of how early and long-term collaboration leads to consensus between the customer and contractor, and above all to added value in the project,” says Jörgen Andersson, CEO of Wästbygg AB. “The Swan Ecolabelling characterises the entire building process and is based on a life cycle perspective. Aspects taken into account include low energy consumption, high environmental and health requirements for materials and products, a good indoor environment, low emissions and a quality-assured construction process.”
“For each area we build, we take with us the accumulated experiences from the previous ones, so that we can constantly continue to improve our housing for the benefit of society and our tenants,” says Henrik Krantz. “Now, we are looking forward to proceeding with Pireus together and starting to plan for 2023, when the students will move in.”
More about Pireus on the project page.