Tower Block Façade

Re-discovering high-rise typologies

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Town, City

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The Krögarvägen housing of Fittja was planned and constructed from 1965-1972 as part of the Million Programme. In recent years the housing has been the subject of numerous design competitions with a vision to regenerate the area and renovate the existing housing.

The residents of Fittja’s Krögarvägen housing are a well established community of Turkish women from the Kulu region. Present since the housing completed in the 70s, the surrounding architecture and Swedish organisations have been manipulated to best cater to the distinct needs of this migrant population. This is best evidenced by the local ‘Verdandi’, a Swedish workers’ organization, which now forms the community hub for the Kulu women where activities such as ‘mattan’ (carpet weaving), collective eating, flea markets and socializing all take place out of view from other males, as Muslim culture dictates.

Extensive research into the customs and practices associated with the consumption of food highlighted the shortcomings in the existing buildings at Fittja.

From the outset, the architectural interventions bolster the strength of the Kulu community. The new domestic configuration allows for timeless traditions of food preparation and consumption to be reintroduced to a generation who, having been born in Sweden, may not have any experience with the way things would have been in Turkey. The lives of the women are greatly improved and opportunities for positive social engagement with the ethic population help to ensure that there is mutual acceptance between both the migrant population and the indigenous Swedish population.

The increased flow of Swedish people to the suburb and their engagement with the Kulu community will ensure that the next generation of Fittjans are much more embedded with the Swedish culture. Acting as ‘cultural mediums’, the Fittjan kitchens will continue to evolve, absorbing more Swedish influence to create an exciting cuisine that is distinctly Fittjan. Above all else, the opportunities for positive social exchanges will mean that the two cultures can truly bridge and that this easily forgotten migrant settled suburb can be positively integrated with the city of Stockholm.