We are busily working on the design phase of our project, but want to take a minute to get the word out about our final course exhibition on December 19th in the Bergsjön Rymdtorget Library (see event details below).
Together with four other groups from our course who have been working in Bergsjön, we will exhibit and present the results of our semester work, showing both the process of participation and several design options and tools. We are very excited to share our ideas with you and hope that many of you can come! As always, you are kindly invited to share your feedback and comments.
Chalmers University “Social Inclusion” Masters Course Final Exhibition
Rymdtorget Library, Bergsjön
December 19, 2012
15.00 – Exhibition opens
17.00 – Project presentations
19.00 – Exhibition closes
**Note that the exhibition materials will remain at the library for several days after the exhibition.
BiG kornet is a collective house in Mölndal outside Gothenburg. There are 44 apartments ranging from 1 room and a kitchen (40m²) to 3 rooms and a kitchen (70m²). The tenants are all a part of a cooperative who rent the whole house from Mölndalsbostäder. The house is eleven stories high with common spaces on the bottom- and the top floor. On the bottom floor there’s a kitchen, a dining room, a big living room (divided into different sections) a workshop, an office and a laundry. And on the eleventh floor they have a TV room, a sauna, a jacuzzi, guest rooms, a gym and a terrace with a wonderful view. The apartments are not for a certain category of people, but they prefer to not have children living in the house. Therefore the majority of the tenants are 40 years or older. As a member of the cooperative you have to take part in some different types of house hold work. You’re a part of a cocking team who, during the weekdays, every sixth week cock for the the other tenants. And every sixth week you’re in a team who cleans the common spaces. By taking parts in these chores you have the possibility to extend your home and have access to all the common spaces and the possibility to socialize and meet new people.
This past Sunday we had a great afternoon of activities and ideas at Stacken. Many thanks to everyone who came! We were even accompanied by some special guests who have worked on the building of Stacken in the past: architect Siv Karlsson who worked who assisted Lars Ågren during the 1980s renovations and the original building engineer Helmut Junkers. Both are very excited to participate in current changes to Stacken and Helmut even brought the original hand-drawn constructions documents! (see picture below)
After a brief introduction and summary of the idea box, we started off the day with a “mental mapping” exercise to see where Stacken residents spend and would like to spend most of their time. Afterwards, we split into two groups and explored the house in real-scale: one group went outside to discuss and brainstorm outdoor spaces and potential ground floor building expansions. The other group started with an “emotional mapping exercise” on the fifth floor, placing big opinion stickers (“good place”, “needs light”, “too big”, etc.) on places around the dining room, kitchen, and play room. They then went down to the bottom floor and instead of stickers used post-its to more freely place ideas and comments on the various ground floor common spaces (sauna, laundry, café, workshop, entrance, etc.). The groups swapped so that everyone had an opportunity to voice their opinions about each area of Stacken. We then all came back together for some fika and closing conclusions.
We hope that the workshop was a fun motivation for Stacken residents to think critically about their common spaces. From our side, the day was very productive and has given us a lot of ideas that will direct our work moving forward. We’re busy at work analyzing the results and beginning the design phase of our project. We’ll be back in touch soon with our progress!
At the workday at Stacken last Sunday, the idea came up when we raked among the leaves; why not build a pile of dry leaves or a house for the hedgehogs? The Swedish Nature Preservation Association “Naturskyddsföreningen” suggest this solution of how to build a home for hedgehogs, to help them find a nice place for their winter sleep. Klick on thos link to see it; Igelkottsbo för vintern
We picked up the idea box from Stacken today and discovered lots of great ideas in all sizes and forms! This is definitely a good preparation for our “Stackens Framtidsjakt” workshop this weekend. Many thanks to those who added something!
On Sunday 25th we have planned a fun and exciting workshop for all Stacken residents!
Today Karin and I visited Stacken to help participate in their workday (held regularly throughout the year to take care of major house cleaning and maintenance). It was a wonderful and fun way to meet more Stacken members and get our hands dirty! I helped out in the kitchen in the morning (chopping lots of veggies for a tasty, warm midday meal) and together Karin and I raked leaves in the afternoon. At the end of the day, we collected everyone during an informal fika to share the results of an “Urban Farming” project we had just completed for our course, in which we explored the possibility of Stacken becoming self-sustainable with a greenhouse, vertical facade plants, greywater recycling, and much much more! Check out our posters in the Stacken dining room to see all our crazy (green) ideas!
The Idea Box is now at Stacken, waiting to get filled with crazy ideas.
Today we talked to the Stacken’s architect; Siv Carlsson. She had an exciting story to tell.
Siv worked with Lars Ågren to make new plans for a residential building in Bergsjön to make a collective housing there, together with the municipal housing company Göteborgshem (today named Poseidon). It was a pilote project in time of visions, to find a solution to the problem of all the empty apartments that the Million Programme faced in the 70’s. The middle class rejected these apartments in favor of the villas, that was the new emerging ideal. It was only those who could not afford to move that remained.
Lars Ågren worked then at GAKO, The City of Gothenburg’s municipal architects, and together with Helmut Junker, (who still works as an engineering consultant with his own company Junkers Technology), was engaged in this rebuilding. Helmut helped start Gothenburg to build its own factory for prefabricated building elements that was the contruction method used in the building of today’s Stacken, in 1969, and he was also engaged in the rehabilitation to this co-housing.
Siv worked from 1979 to produce working drawings as well as a supervisor on the construction site.
Siv is very curious about how the Stacken looks today and how it will change in the future, so I’ve promised to keep her informed about what we do. Maybe she will come to our workshop next Sunday!