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Experience Rhodos – an extremely climate-friendly student housing area!

May 25, 2022

At Kämnärsrätten, AF Bostäder is implementing one of Sweden’s biggest investments in long-term sustainable student housing. Three of the quarters are now complete, one is under construction and now building work is to begin on Rhodos – a wonder in terms of sustainability and climate impact that will amaze students, bumblebees and other friends of the climate.

In an investment spanning several years at Kämnärsrätten, AF Bostäder is transforming old quarters with “four-leaf clover” buildings into a long-term, sustainable city district. A modern campus environment is emerging with new accommodation for 1 500 students (double the previous number) and a halving of energy consumption. The new city district, which is mostly complete, will consist of six innovative quarters, all along a connecting thoroughfare for pedestrians and cyclists with green spaces, activity areas and places for socialising.

“Rhodos will be the result of all the experience we have obtained from the investments in sustainable student housing in recent years,” says Henrik Krantz, CEO of AF Bostäder. “It unites tasteful and well-planned architecture that brings benefits for wellbeing and health, a verdant outdoor environment that promotes both surface water management and biodiversity, and an orangery with a cultivation bed, which is heated by residual heat from the laundry room. Total energy consumption for the housing area will be as low as half of the requirements set for new construction and the climate impact will be minimal.”

“Thanks to the climate impact calculations from our two previous construction projects, Hippocampus and Pireus, we have been able to optimise all the details of the building process for Rhodos, so that the choice of materials, production methods, transport and construction cause the lowest possible climate impact,” says Henrik Krantz. “The climate target for the construction of Rhodos will therefore be under 200 kilos of carbon dioxide equivalents per square metre (gross floor area).”

Rhodos will consist of one high-rise building, one large L-shaped building and two intertwined buildings with balcony access, all of varying designs, heights and sizes. The exteriors of the buildings will have natural colour tones with facades characterised by recurrent, triangular bay windows. The green courtyard will be pleasantly framed with plenty of places for activities and socialising.

“We are building Rhodos with White Arkitekter and Nimab, and the move-in is planned for the summer of 2024. Then it will be time for 186 tastefully designed apartments to receive 260 students, who can all look forward to accommodation that promotes wellbeing, biodiversity and the climate. And all this in a city district that is designed completely for the best conceivable student life,” concludes Henrik Krantz.