Tensta Torn - Student housing
Tensta Torn is a new landmark, which points out the centre in an otherwise uniform and homogeneous cityscape.
Photo: Michael Perlmutter
Tensta Torn (Tensta Tower) is a high-rise with 243 student flats in central Tensta in Stockholm. From there, students can bike to Kista University while the nearby metro line provides connections to the rest of Stockholm. Tensta Torn is a new landmark, which points out the centre in an otherwise uniform and homogeneous cityscape.
To increase the interaction between the building and the street, the laundry is placed on the ground floor with large windows facing the pedestrian street. The building’s rational construction and structure are designed to be cost-efficient to keep the rent affordable to students.
The building is made of concrete, with a pixelated facade design in a colour scheme inspired by the surrounding nature: the blue sky, the large and open green fields, and the pink flowers. Tensta was built during the 1960s and is characterised by large-scale planning with a strong element of regularity and repetition. A key consideration in the design of Tensta Torn was to add colour and a richer detailing.