Res­i­den­tial Tower
Nybo­hov, Stockholm
On hold

In the late 1950s, Bertil Ringqvist planned a new hous­ing dis­trict on Nybo­hovs­ber­get above Lake Trekan­ten in Stock­holm com­mis­sioned by what would lat­er become Sven­s­ka Bostäder. The com­plex was built between 1959 and 1964 and was char­ac­ter­ized by a mon­u­men­tal scale and a pure sculp­tur­al expres­sion that was char­ac­ter­is­tic of the peri­od between the small­er-scale neigh­bor­hood plan­ning of the 1950s and the Mil­lion Pro­gram of the 60s and 70s.

The dis­trict recalls an iso­lat­ed moun­tain vil­lage immersed in the green­ery of Nybo­hovs­ber­get and con­sists of three long wall-like build­ings, 11 hous­ing tow­ers, a school com­plex and a water reser­voir. The archi­tec­ture is char­ac­ter­ized by clear­ly artic­u­lat­ed; visu­al­ly reduced vol­umes fin­ished in uncol­ored plas­ter sur­round­ed by a green, ter­raced land­scape sup­port­ed by rough in situ cast con­crete retain­ing walls.

Nybo­hov Stu­dios is a pro­posed addi­tion to the exist­ing struc­ture where a slen­der hous­ing tow­er rests on a larg­er park­ing plinth. The build­ing replaces a ground lev­el park­ing lot and sits on the bor­der to the for­est cov­er­ing the slope down to Lake Trekan­ten with extra­or­di­nary views over Stockholm.

The build­ing hous­es 36 apart­ments, most­ly small stu­dios and one- and two-room apart­ments. The plinth is sunk into the slop­ing land­scape let­ting its roof func­tion as entrance area and court­yard for the ten­ants. A cru­ci­form plan with four apart­ments per floor and cor­ner bal­conies cre­ates the pre­con­di­tions for the apart­ment plans and the strict façade treat­ment where the ori­en­ta­tion of the bal­conies cre­ates dis­lo­ca­tions in the façade grid and give all four facades unique expressions.