Tengbom - 10 smart sqm


Tengbom Architects has designed a student unit for students which is affordable, environmental-friendly and smart both in terms of design and choice of materials.

The project is a collaboration with wood manufacturer Martinsons and real estate company AF Bostäder. To meet the needs of students in a sustainable, smart and affordable way was the key questions when Tengbom in collaboration with students at the University of Lund was designing this student unit of 10 square meters. The unit was displayed in Virserum Art Museum during 2013.

All images © Bertil Hertzberg

To successfully build affordable student housing requires innovative thinking and new solutions. This truly compact-living flat still offers a comfortable sleeping-loft, kitchen, bathroom and a small garden with a patio. Through an efficient layout and the use of cross laminated wood as a construction material the rent is reduced by 50 % and the ecological impact and carbon footprints is also significantly reduced. Energy efficiency is a key issue when designing new buildings. Choosing right material and manufacturing methods is vital to minimize the carbon emission and therefore wood was chosen for its carbon positive qualities, and as a renewable resource it can be sourced locally to minimize transportation. The manufacturer method was chosen because of its flexible production and for its assembling technique which can be done on site to reduce construction time.

Madeleine Forsberg, who lived in the experimental house, talks about her experience.

Many thanks to vafann for finding this video.


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  1. This is one of the best small home designs I've seen yet. Thanks for sharing.

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