Passive Houses in Stockholm
Back in early 2008, we wrote about a new suburban development by Swedish architecture firm Smedshammar + Holmberg, which was meant to set a new precedent in Sweden for housing innovation. Now Holmberg has struck out on his own, and one of his first independent projects is a public housing concept that unites prefab design with Passive House principles.
We'll be publishing an article in our November 2009 issue looking in great detail at the Passive House standard and its relative novelty among North American architectural circles. In Europe, where Holmberg works, Passivhaus (as it is known there) has been making inroads for some time, and many leading architects have adopted the criteria for insulation and airtightness that define this sustainability strategy.
Holmberg partnered with Gösta Westerberg Energihaus to formulate the complete housing package that buyers will receive, which includes optional interior decorating services and products. According to the Gösta website, one of the four homes has been sold to date.
For more interior shots and floor plans, check out Dezeen.