Sofie Tolf, Nora Yous, Luis Lanfredi, Bihter Celik

A fenced off nature reserve in an old mine is a strange combination. Who is claiming the space besides the 1400 species that has returned since the mining stopped? The view of it is surely gained by the inhabitants of Sweden’s first gated-community. Perhaps the place could belong to everyone living in the homes constructed by the cement produced by the extracts from the mine. Or is it reserved for a future tribe?  

We carried the structure down to the bottom of the quarry. Violet lupines were growing in straight lines, cutting through the asphalt. If you would perceive the temperature through vision, you would assume that the pale bright reflection of the limestone belonged to a warmer climate. The full depth of the 55 meter deep quarry was excavated over 78 years. The limestone was created in a warm ocean 65-62 million years ago out of outwash from algae and coral. In many layers you find coprolite from extinct species. Sharks teeth and crocodiles. 

The wooden frames were prepared at the campsite. The light structure constructed out of wood and fabric was built on the same grid as the construction system Skane 66. The construction system is a concrete panel system based on ready - to - install floor sections. The width is 270 cm with load-bearing external walls, and centrally placed columns. It is a grid that can be combined in several different typologies and create a variation of flats. It has an inherent flexibility where all inner walls can be moved.

The grid was assembled to resemble a 3 bedroom apartment of 90m2 in the Skarne 66 system. Östberga, Orminge, Tensta, Flen, Säter, Ålidhem, Kälvesta, Åmål, Rosengård, just a few of the many areas built during the Million Homes Programme. Almost everyone in Sweden has, or knows someone who is (or has) lived in one of the many apartments built during this time. The 90m2 grid, made up out of vaguely recognisable space was carried home.