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Info about “Lådan”

We are preparing our selves for an information day at Stacken this Sunday!




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!

Cosy evening at Stacken

On Thursday night we went to Teleskopgatan again for a small cosy- evening that Stacken had invited us to. Ellen had baked lots of cakes and we got ourselves a chat with four of those who live there.
We found out some new information. Among other things, that there are allotments some distance away (about 5 min walk) to the northwest across the road. It seems like not many at Stacken have an alottment there, but quite manyare interest in developing the gardening to grow food around their house. Some pallet collars has been filled with earth this year for gardening as a test.

There is an attic of the house that is about 3 feet in height in the center of the house. The roof is a cold roof with asphalt cardboard (newly laid 2003) for the surface, roff-beams in wood and mineral wool insulation (which is too thin according to Obilot) located on structural flooring. This means that the ceiling is relatively easily to add isolation on.  The ceiling space which is accessible by a service ladder is an air heat exchanger that is connected probably in connection with any renovation of the ventilation system. Anna, living in Stacken are to send us their calculations on energy-saving potentials and a Prezi presentation from the last annual convention that dealt with energy.
The apartments in Stacken pays rent per square foot. The common areas are included in the rent and you pay nothing extra for this.

In addition to purely technical aspects of the house we also discussed the interest that exists for collaboration with other residents from Teleskopgatan and the area. Stack residents thinks that the City District should be more interested in them because Bergsjön City District markets itself as green neighborhood. Stacken also thinks it’s positive to a possible collaboration with the other residents on the street. We will meet Tenant association for Teleskopgatan and Teleskopet on Monday and will present the idea of ​​collaboration. Collective tree house in Kortedala arranges apparently an annual block party to mix people in the area. Could this be an inspiration?
Another very exciting things coming from Obilot. She had been on Claessons Wood tar and shopped and met a woman working in. there, Siv Carlsson, who is an architect, and who co-designed the renovation to the public, together with Lars Ågren around 1980. This is a track that we have to follow up!

Study visit to the Co-Housing Majbacken

Today we visited the Co-Housing Majbacken at Chapmanstorg in central Gothenburg.
Ola Båth and Elisabeth Olzson opened up there home for us and showed us around and told us about the history behind the house.

The 8 story building was in 1956 and was before the Co-Housing started to “take over” the house, apartment by apartment, a house for elderly run by the city administration. In the bottom floor there was in the 1980’s built an extension to host the dining room and kitchen. The rest of the bottom floor was other service for the elderly like home-service and foot-care. Before, all the apartments where only with 1 room and kitchen. Today the building consists of 31 apartments from 1 to 2 rooms and a kitchen (40-57 sqm in total), renovated by the Municipal Housing Company in 2004 when Majbacken was formed.

The common spaces is about 200 sqm with movie-and meeting room, guest room, library, workshop in the basement and the big extension with an open space for dining room and kitchen. Besides the toilet there is a cross-trainer and a training bicycle that Elisabeth tells that her father, also living in the house, uses every day. The common floor is very home-like with a lot of decorative objects like hand-made art, thriving flowers in the big windows that shows signs that this is a very appreciated and used rooms. Among other, an artist has made glas birds that float in the high ceiling of the dining room and she has also contributed with handmade tiles for the kitchen that was renovated in 2008.

How do they get it all to work on Majbacken we asked Ola and Elisabeth. They tell that they only have two things that are mandatory: you must participate in cleaning the common areas and you have to join a cooking-team. You write when you want to do this on a list in the hall to the common floor. You also fill in the day you wish to eat but this is not mandatory. Each meal is sponsord with 6-7 SEK from their own organization (to kind of promote the common dinners we suppose).  You only pay 25 SEK for a dinner and you pay in advance and receive cupons to pay with at the dinner. The joint dinner is only twice a week, with different days each week. Often people also cook spontaneously  together in the common kitchen or just meet for a coffee.

The food is traded locally to support the local merchants who also gives them discounts because of this. They have a policy to buy organic as much as possible and to every meal served is an vegetarian option. Other ecological benefits Ola and Elisabeth talks about is that the residents have only a total of 5-6 cars and discussing about the association will buy an electric car.

We think it was a very nice visit to Majbacken and now we only have to wait untill we turn 40 and don’t have any kids at home to apply to move here!