Johan Sundberg Arkitektur designs "accessible yet exceptional" housing blocks in Sweden - architecture and design

Johan Sundberg Arkitektur designs "accessible yet exceptional" housing blocks in Sweden



Swedish practice Johan Sundberg Arkitektur has completed a cluster of timber-clad housing blocks in Ystad, Sweden, with facades of folding glass screens that allow their balconies to be turned into sheltered winter gardens.
Called Hygrometern, the cluster of four blocks provides a mixture of 20 two and three-bedroom mid-budget apartments on a sloping site overlooking the Baltic Sea.
Hygrometern is a collection of housing blocks that were designed by Johan Sundberg Arkitektur
The project marks a change in scale for Lund-based Johan Sundberg Arkitektur, which is better known for designing luxurious villas and holiday homes, often in close collaboration with their owners.
"We are proud and happy about the acknowledgment we receive for our luxury villas. But as we believe that good spaces can change people's lives for the better, we're expanding our practice to multi-family housing projects," said founder Johan Sundberg. "[Our] take on mid-budget, multi-family housing resulted in accessible yet exceptional dwellings proving that outstanding architecture can be achieved with modest means," he continued.
The development is comprised of four blocks
Hygrometern is organised into two square blocks at the east of the site and two long, rectilinear blocks at its centre, with the space in between each used to create planting and shared outdoor spaces overlooked by the apartments.
Raised on a stepped concrete plinth, each two-storey block features a dedicated entranc...
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