Etaget is located on Western Kungsholmen, an area originally comprising offices and light industry, but developing over recent years into a diverse neighbourhood, with the emergence of complementary businesses and new housing. The project aims to nurture the existing environment with a building that accentuates and develops its urban structure further. Commerce and inviting activities add an expressive urban character to the streetscape, making a city within the city.
The architectural expression of Etaget refers to a traditional order found in the inner city of Stockholm: an open base with commercial spaces, a main body with housing and a top with set-back penthouses. The building’s configuration responds to the various heights of the site and its surrounding buildings. The design is based on a series of stacked cubes, displaced vertically. This creates a distinctive overall silhouette, adding depth and appearing visually striking both from a distance and from the adjoining streetscape.
RICH MIX OF MATERIALS
A rich mix of materials offers lightness and variety, with three types of brickwork, brass and pre-oxidised copper sheets – each defining a block – and niched terraces clad in timber. We selected the brass and copper cladding to contrast with and complement the three brick types. But the metals also reveal something of the location’s history as an industrial manufacturing area. In fact, the original building on the site had a corrugated metal facade.
We also used copper or brass cladding and detailing to resolve all kinds of geometric and technical issues with this complex building. These included rainwater handling and covering junctions between prefabricated elements, as well as for railings, skirtings and other details.
GREEN ROOF TERRACES
The 103 apartments are designed in a bright ‘loft’ style, offering varying sizes. The project focuses on green space and socio-ecological resilience. Given the dense inner-city location, every available space is optimised to provide recreation and positive experiences for the residents. The green roof terraces are a new addition, containing both communal and private spaces for time outdoors, plant cultivation and socialising.
Etaget has received a number of awards including 1st prize in the ‘Design S – Swedish Design Awards’ 2018.