Folkparken

Residential building with wooden frame in Halmstad.

Skanska has commissioned Kanozi Arkitekter to design two all-wood point houses and two welcoming slatted houses at the entrance of the popular Folkparken in Halmstad. The buildings rise above the tree tops overlooking the park and have a very attractive and natural location along Nissan and Laxön.

ClientSkanska
LocationHalmstad
Year2020
Area9 300 m²

The point houses have a rather distinctive, upright form with large balconies at the corners of the houses to emphasize a slender building silhouette and create a long vertical line in the design.

The further into the park, the higher the building structure rises in height according to the local plan. The very tallest ten-storey tower blocks, designed by Kanozi Arkitekter, act as a terminus nearest the edge of the forest. The buildings will have a concrete plinth to meet stiffness and wind requirements, while the rest will be wooden buildings with a wooden frame, a material choice that has become increasingly important for sustainability in the construction industry. The buildings can also claim to be the tallest apartment buildings with a wooden frame in Halmstad.

It is a very nice and historic place. We feel proud that Skanska trusts our ability to respect the site and design wooden houses among the large, leafy park trees. We want to take advantage of the qualities that Folkparken has historically provided and still provides today. We know that there are many advantages to building wooden houses. On the one hand, research shows that people's well-being increases in wooden houses, and on the other hand, it is a climate-smart material to work with because it is renewable and environmentally friendly.

Claus Uldal,
architect and Studio Lead Malmö

For Halmstad Municipality, Skanska and Kanozi Arkitekter, it is important that Folkparken continues to be an open meeting place for more than just the residents. It will be a residential area with continued large green areas and given meeting places, rooms for activities such as a boules court and playgrounds.

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