Etaget: A Flexible Miniature Manhattan in Stockholm

Kjellander Sjöberg

Architects: Kjellander Sjöberg
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Area: 11.000 m2
Year: 2018
Photography: Adam Mørk

Etaget is a new residential infill located on western Kungsholmen island in central Stockholm. The building’s unique identity is a characteristic addition to the area, connecting to the site’s local conditions while providing new qualities.

A Flexible Mini-Manhattan

Composed of a mix of offices and light industry, Western Kungsholmen has in recent years developed into a diverse neighborhood with the emergence of complementary businesses and new housing. Etaget aims to combine the existing environment with a building that accentuates and further develops the urban structure. Commercial spaces and inviting activities offer an expressive urban character on the ground floor. The building’s configuration reacts to the various heights of the site and its surrounding buildings. The design is based on a series of stacked cubes, which are vertically displaced. This creates a distinctive overall silhouette, adding depth and appearing visually striking both from a distance and from the adjoining streetscape – a city within the city.

Varied Architecture

The architectural expression refers to a classical order found in the inner city of Stockholm: an open base with commercial spaces, a main body with housing, and a top with set-back penthouses. A rich mix of materials offers lightness and variety. The façade combines three types of brick with metal sheets and niched terraces clad in timber. The apartments are designed in a bright loft style with varying sizes.

Green Paradise

The project focuses on green space and socio-ecological resilience. Given the dense inner-city location, every available space is secured and used to provide recreation and positive experiences for the residents. The green roof terraces are a new addition, containing both communal and private spaces for time outdoors, gardening and socializing.