Power to the People is a 0-energy project composed of seven solar-powered rowhouses

Architects: Street Monkey Architects
Location: Upplands Väsby, Sweden
Year: 2015
Area: 11.302 ft²/ 1,050 m²
Photo courtesy: Mattias Hamrén Photography
Description:

“Power to the People is a 0-energy project composed of seven solar-powered rowhouses. Each flat has its own articulated south-facing roof and the maximum number of solar panels allowed by the municipality.

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The building site is flanked by two dead-end streets that are running in an east-west direction, which meant that if the houses were to line the existing streets then half of the flats would have a north facing terrace which is clearly undesirable in a nordic climate.

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So we created a small “alley”on the site. The alley is on private property but left open for pedestrian connectivity. it connected the two dead-end streets which not only increased pedestrian activity in the neighborhood but also opened up the property and the neighborhood to the hiking trailheads that are adjacent to the site.

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This alley allowed the rowhouses to be oriented in a north-south direction which gave all of the flats west-facing terraces with afternoon and evening sun.”

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