AF Bostäder aims to develop housing for another 1,250 students by 2021. Focus is on new construction and AF Bostäder is becoming increasingly important as a city developer.
With the big investments at Kämnärsrätten, a renewed district is growing. "Campuskilen" is central to the planning, the area's new activity path. Here well-being is in focus.
When Kämnärsrätten was founded in the sixties, the London architect Hans Westman's four-leaf clover buildings was given a significant role. The houses were innovative in their construction with a prefabricated core of concrete. At the core there were kitchens and bathrooms and other rooms were easily built into place.
"The four-leaf clover houses were a sensible solution to what was believed to be a temporary housing shortage," says Magnus Cederberg, Property Development Manager at AF Bostäder. But, the housing shortage turned out to be permanent and the four-clover houses remained. Unfortunately, they are not designed for long-term management. In particular, energy consumption is more than twice as high as in our newly built houses at Magasinet, Vegalyckan and Dammhagen.
By 2016, a new detailed plan for the area was completed. There will be twice as many and significantly more effective student housing - with half the energy consumption. In 2016 about one third of the four-leaf clover houses were demolished and in 2017 the construction of the first new properties began. The whole plan covers seven quarters, four of which are scheduled to be ready in 2021.
"In the past, we have mainly built on our existing areas and densified it," says Magnus Cederberg. Now we have the opportunity to plan the district from scratch. In the sixties, student areas were built for students only. Now we are wiser and develop a neighborhood that should be pleasant and open to all."
Central in the planning is Kämnärsvägen which runs north of the new neighborhoods. What used to be a boring and elongated street with parked cars will be the new Kämnärsrättens pulse zone - a place that connects all parts of the area with surrounding buildings and neighborhoods, and at the same time a large, lovely living room.
"The new straw has the work name Campuskilen and all flows in the area are directed here," says Magnus Cederberg. Usually when building new blocks, they are open in all directions, with addresses on all sides. We have chosen to protect the neighborhood against the more busy Magistratsvägeng in the south, including a buffer zone of Kämnärrätten's well-known greenery. Instead, we open buildings and courtyards towards Campuskilen. The original area was visually planned for a large number of cars. Today AF Bostäder knows that students rarely can afford a car, it's a bicycle and apostle horses that apply. In traffic terms, Campuskilen becomes a pedestrian area where cars and bicycles are allowed to drive, but under the conditions of the pedestrian.
"The new Campuskilen will be a major access point with cohesive oases and areas for activities like beach volleyball, ping-pong, basketball, barbecues and hangovers," says Magnus Cederberg. We take great effort in preserving the green feeling and take advantage of the area's many oaks, that's a signature for Kämnärsrätten.
"Availability follows all recommendations and we will build an underground waste station," says Magnus Cederberg. New Kämnärsrätten should be an attractive place where tenants, friends, visitors and Lundabor can generally pass, stop, hang, enjoy the sun and "fika".