OPEN COMMUNITY SOURCE. EUROPAN-12. HöGANÄS, SUECIA
Arquitecto: Héctor Torres + Manuel Galian
Julio Muñoz + Jaime Traspaderne
Situación: Höganäs, Suecia
Cliente: Ayuntamiento Höganäs- Europan-12
Año / Estado: 2013
Programa: Urbanismos y Paisaje
The approach to the new extensions of the city is conceived from the opportunity to create small communities in continuous contact with nature that, at the same time, can enjoy the benefits from the urban life.
The basis for the future planning is the creation of a soft fabric, that fits in with the crop lines and integrates the existing buildings and main landscape highlights. From there, the project establishes a graduation from urban, closer to the road, to nature in the north, building strong relationships between the two.
The project works in the simultaneous generation of two scales: a smaller one, on a community level, which promotes urban life, diversity and relationships among people, and a larger scale, that enables to identify the whole set and its buildings in a landscape level .The new flexible net is adapted to the surrounding landscape. The new residential fabric lays out a rich variety of urban spaces, with public areas that are closely related to the nature and that enjoy perspectives to the woods and the city. The tallest areas of the community set a series of landscape buildings that identify the set from the distance.
One of the main concerns of the project is the creation of a new form of collectivity that allows individual expression. The project achieves this goal through the creation of community-buildings that allow a different and stronger relationship between the users and that connect with other community-buildings through the public areas and facilities.
The new community-building takes reference of the existing buildings in the city of Höganas, single family housing, blocks and leisure, and combines them to form a new community unit.
Spaces for sport, leisure and cultural activities. These are places that build the fabric of urban relationships and are part of collective residential fabric likewise but they are managed by the municipality. By organizing and combining dwellings that vary in typology and size the project creates a mixed community avoiding the problems of urban segregation and integrating all future inhabitants on it.