Qvillestaden Apartment Building | Bornstein Lyckefors - architecture and design

Qvillestaden Apartment Building | Bornstein Lyckefors



Qvillestaden Apartment Building
The district of Kvillestaden in Gothenburg was for a long time a declining remnant of the now-closed shipyard industry along Hisingen’s docks. Today the district has a strong upward trend where old houses are mixed with expansive new developments. In this context, Bornstein Lyckefors has designed an apartment building on the lot of a former post office.
Photography by ke E:son Lindman
The design of the building draws inspiration and logic from the adjacent ?Landshvdinge-houses?, the traditional and characteristic Gothenburg building type with a ground floor clad in brick, followed by two to three floors in wood. Today, most of the wooden facades have been replaced with sheet metal, and the facades on the block are therefore brick, with upper stories in corrugated zinc. By dividing the block into segments and giving each part one of three monochromatic color schemes, a connection was created to the traditional closed-block typology with its broken scale and mid-block property division. Each part was also given its own balcony railing, which with small differences in design further breaks down the scale and creates a variation in the urban landscape. Photography by ke E:son Lindman
The courtyard stands in stark contrast to the street environment and can be likened to an oasis, far from the city’s noise. In principle, all surfaces; facades, entrance balconies, stairwells, and terraces are clad in heat-treated pine. Shared balc...
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