Vertical Village II/ Tham & Videgård

About the company

Tham & Videgård started its activity in 1999 and it is based in Stockholm, Sweeden. It was co-founded by the lead architects Bolle Tham and Martin Videgård. From the beginning of their activity, they had an experimental approach and they focused on innovative built works. The company received a lot of prizes for their work, most recently in 2015 for the new KTH School of Arc

hitecture at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.

Their work was highly appreciated and they also received prizes for the Kalmar Museum of Art (Kasper Salin Prize 2008), the Moderna Museet Malmö (for the Swedish Museum of Modern Art), Västra Kajen housing, the House Lagnö, the Creek House, and the Tree Hotel in Harads.

The company had the opportunity to work abroad and it is regularly invited to participate in international exhibitions. Bolle Tham and Martin Videgård are members of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts and teach and lecture at schools of architecture in Sweden and abroad.

About Vertical Village II

Location: Wendelstrand, Gothenburg, Sweden
Architects: Tham & Videgård Arkitekter
Team: Bolle Tham and Martin Videgård (chief architects)
Simon Nilsson, Jonas Tjäder
Total built area: 2.550 sqm Floor area/unit: 140 sqm (150 sqm GFA)
Number of units: 17
Date: 2018-
Status: Ongoing
Client: Next Step Group AB

The new homes in Wendelstrand are part of a new district planned for a site at the Landvetter lake, in Gothenburg, Sweden.

A solid timber version of the Vertical village scheme T&V

Tham & Videgård’s contribution is a solid timber version of the Vertical village scheme T&V designed for a site in Stockholm in 2009. The aim is to propose an alternative to the row-house typology, offering each unit a private garden while keeping of the same efficient density as standard row-houses. In order to achieve this aim, the company used vertical massing rather than horizontal. The compact three-level homes sit in rounded plots defined by high hedges of flowering bushes.

The result is a green small scale urban environment with qualities close to the historical garden cities. A fine network of meandering pathways is shaped between wintergreen hedges. These pathways create a clear definition of private and public and connect the neighborhood internally as well as link it out towards the surrounding area.

Identical houses with different colors

Although the houses are identical, they have different directions and colors The colors vary from falu red, green, black and untreated natural grey sawn wood. The company used this kind of color to provide rich and varied urban spaces. The vertical organization creates a sequence of living spaces for each home: a social entrance floor with a private garden protected by the high hedges, more private bedrooms on the upper floors with long views across the new neighborhood and natural landscape, a top floor studio with a large skylight.

The project will comply with the highest environmental and energy standards through the use of high precision pre-fabrication and sound and robust choices of materials and fittings throughout being planned for solid timber construction, CLT. To create a long term sustainable housing neighborhood, the scheme’s densely planned and integrated greenery and landscaping that will further local biodiversity. Each home has a 140sqm floor area and offers 1-4 bedrooms. The top-level studio can be fitted with an extra sleeping loft or a roof terrace.

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