The Rudbeckia Kollektivhus - Co-Living With A Proud Swedish History
The Rudbeckia House is the result of the Rudbeckia association’s ambition to create housing for its members in Uppsala, Sweden, building on a proud Swedish history of “kollektivhus” – houses for collective living.
The Rudbeckia co-living house accommodates 40 apartments, all with entrances from the same square, which is an open space on the ground floor, connecting most of the social areas of the building.
The members of the Rudbeckia association have participated in the work of designing a program for the house that is in line with the type of public housing they want to create and live in. This has been done through larger member meetings with the developer and through surveys collecting wishes and opinions from the members. Communicating with future residents at an early stage creates long-term sustainable solutions for the building, a process that continues during the detailed planning of the project.
All the common areas on the ground floor encourage social meetings through a welcoming atmosphere, even outside the house towards the park, the local street and the courtyard.
The connection between inside and outside both in entrances and in common areas used during different parts of the day means that the outside spaces feel safe even in the evening.
Common activities such as cooking and cultivation makes life easier, more economical and sustainable through the natural exchange with other residents in the house.
The collective cooking takes place in a large kitchen and dining room, where the residents take turn in the preparation of common meals.
The apartments have different sizes, accommodating for the differing needs, ages and constellations of the residents.
The penthouse of the public house contains yet another important common part for cultivation, exercise, outdoor cooking and social exchange.
The Rudbeckia multigenerational co-living house embodies and realizes the benefits of collective housing: flexibility and social as well as ecological sustainability at a lower cost.
A SMARTER SOCIALLY SUSTAINABLE NEIGHBORHOOD
By sharing common areas, the collective house becomes a building where space is used more frequently and efficient during the day. Common activities such as cooking and farming make life easier, more economical and social connections are created through the natural exchange with other residents in the house. The apartments have different sizes, which means that the residents will consist of different family constellations and ages.
Waste sorting is done more efficiently than usual, since it is performed by a larger group of residents in an organized manner. Recycling of food waste can also be more controlled and possibly used for cultivation. This contributes to a more sustainable lifestyle.
The collective house has a loading platform in connection to the kitchen which serves as a delivery room with a cold storage facility. This allows you to receive deliveries to the collective house’s common cooking even when no one is in place. The storage facility can also be used privately by residents.
THE ROOF TERRACE
The terrace constitutes a social space for the residence the Rudbeckia co-living house. Here you can meet both large and small groups of people. The surface is green and spacious with space for many. It has a close connection to the roof pavilion. Here you meet, barbecue, cultivate, read a book or just watch the surrounding scenery. A generous wooden deck gives a warm feeling, which you can access barefoot if you prefer.
Cultivation beds provide, together with indoor cultivation, several possibilities for the residents. Elevated plantation beds create both a good microclimate for plants and an accessibility to everyone – you do not have to bend down to dig, harvest etc. The soil contains bi-color and pumice light-weight stone to create the best possible long-term plant conditions while binding carbon dioxide. Rainwater from the roof is gathered via a down pipe in a rainwater tank from which irrigation water can be collected for cultivation. New soil is created in a compost for garden waste.
Multicolored trees, shrubs, perennials and autumn and spring onions are cultivated in raised plantation boxes and form a green setting for social life. The nature and characteristics of the plants are in the dry-tolerant direction. Two planting surfaces are specifically composed to create “butterfly restaurants” to stimulate biodiversity. Several wood shades with ribs and rock plants help to create – and read – the wind. The character is wild, with several different species with different characteristics, flowering time and autumn color.