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The Suburbs Strike Back

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Swedish prefab specialists Smedshammar + Holmberg are on a mission to rescue their compatriots from boring suburbs—and their deep-seated suspicion of architects.
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  Silverdal Terrace I gets its name from the raised rooftop terraces created by pulling back the upper module of the houses from the street. The terraces were very popular with buyers. “The houses change character depending on the angle you see them from,” says architect Anders Holmberg.
    Silverdal Terrace I gets its name from the raised rooftop terraces created by pulling back the upper module of the houses from the street. The terraces were very popular with buyers. “The houses change character depending on the angle you see them from,” says architect Anders Holmberg.
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  Anders Holmberg (right) and Carl-Johan Smedshammar take a moment to reflect on their work.
    Anders Holmberg (right) and Carl-Johan Smedshammar take a moment to reflect on their work.
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  Silverdal Terrace I, Holmberg and Smedshammar's version of prefabricated suburbia, uses black and white to demarcate public and private spaces.
    Silverdal Terrace I, Holmberg and Smedshammar's version of prefabricated suburbia, uses black and white to demarcate public and private spaces.
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  Marinstaden, or “Navy City”, is a proposed design for a prefabricated floating community.
    Marinstaden, or “Navy City”, is a proposed design for a prefabricated floating community.
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  Villa Oscar is a typical example of a Smedshammar + Holmberg private commission, where a wooden frame is used to “frame” the house in the landscape.
    Villa Oscar is a typical example of a Smedshammar + Holmberg private commission, where a wooden frame is used to “frame” the house in the landscape.
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  The visionary V-House is a 300-foot-high structure designed for the Swedish town of Västerås, and is intended to counteract typical suburban designs. “An awful lot of boring architecture is still being built in Sweden,” explains Holmberg.
    The visionary V-House is a 300-foot-high structure designed for the Swedish town of Västerås, and is intended to counteract typical suburban designs. “An awful lot of boring architecture is still being built in Sweden,” explains Holmberg.
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  Each of the homes in Marinstaden, or “Navy City” feature exploded planes tied together by water, light, and reflection.
    Each of the homes in Marinstaden, or “Navy City” feature exploded planes tied together by water, light, and reflection.

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