Living on the Wedge

Living on the Wedge

Lund University is Sweden’s second oldest institution for higher education, founded in 1666. The campus in Lund, in the outskirts of the city center, has gradually developed to meet today’s requirements, with spaces for teaching, research, housing and so on, however the demand for student housing is vast. The university, the municipality and Akademiska Hus are joining forces in a collaborative joint venture that will provide 2000 new dwellings in Lund. The purpose is to build away the housing shortage for students by year 2020. Kjellander Sjöberg has along with Akademiska Hus investigated how the campus can be further developed and made initial volumetric design proposals for approximately 500 of these student housing units.

An integrated campus with urban qualities

The project’s starting point was to strengthen and improve the campus as a rich, integrated urban environment that is active throughout the day, providing meeting spaces and active movement paths. Accessibility and flows through the area are strengthened and improved by placemaking, defining nodes, improving local connections and movement paths. The buildings are complemented with a balanced and mixed content, as well as with programs and functions necessary for a rich living environment.

A campus of the future

What makes up a successful university environment? What factors attract creative capital, talent and skills? The demand for social milieus with a perceived density and a rich diversity is great key for success. Such settings provide a great variety of types of urban spaces and places, with vicinity to services and especially to other people. Environments that provide opportunities for individual choice and create a strong complement to the education or research themselves, emphasizing a clear collaboration between academia and industry. University campus thus becomes a vibrant urban environment with a wide range of venues and areas for recreation.

The student housing of the future

The proposal is designed so that it could be realized over time by different stakeholders. The demand today for a diversified housing and lifestyle is greater than ever. In a time when the average student basically does not exist, opportunities are created for different types of homes with varying degrees of social interaction. Flat-share amongst friends, collective accommodation, family accommodation and dorm accommodations are a few options offered. The proposed building volumes are designed to create urban spaces along the street with vivid ground floors for communal and open functions.