A student unit of only 10 square meters is currently exhibited at the Virserum Art
Museum in the county Småland, Sweden.
Tengbom Architects has designed a student unit for students which is affordable,
environmental-friendly and smart both in terms of design and choice of materials. The
project is a collaboration with wood manufacturer Martinsons and real estate company
To meet the needs of students in a sustainable, smart and affordable way was the key
questions when Tengbom in collaboration with students at the University of Lund was
designing this student unit of 10 square meters. The unit is now displayed in Virserum
Art Museum. In 2014, 22 units will be built and ready for students to move into.
To successfully build affordable student housing requires innovative thinking and new
solutions. The area in each unit is reduced from current requirement, 25 square meters
to 10 square meters through legal consent. This truly compact-living flat still offers a
comfortable sleeping-loft, kitchen, bathroom and a small garden with a patio. Through
an efficient layout and the use of cross laminated wood as a construction material the
rent is reduced by 50 % and the ecological impact and carbon footprints is also
Energy efficiency is a key issue when designing new buildings. Choosing right material
and manufacturing methods is vital to minimize the carbon emission and therefore
wood was chosen for its carbon positive qualities, and as a renewable resource it can
be sourced locally to minimize transportation. The manufacturer method was chosen
because of is flexible production and for its assembling technique which can be done
on site to reduce construction time.
– By exhibiting this well planned and sustainable student unit we want to challenge
the conventional views and show new ways of thinking. What is “good” living? What
materials can we use? To meet the future in a sustainable way we must be innovative in
all aspects and have the courage to break new ground, says Linda Camara at
The exhibit is open to the public until the 8th of December.
Photographer: Bertil Hertzberg