Fika Commons

My Master Thesis is an extensive study of the architecture providing social sustainability in the remote areas of Northern Sweden. The project was triggered by a number of bike trips around Umeå, which allowed me to notice the special role of the village stores as places not only to do errands, but in first place to meet others,…

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One-week sauna

It was very cold in February in Northern Sweden, so there are just a few pictures. We were building two movable saunas, by referencing the dimensions our bodies to a timber frame structure. The walls were fitted with insulation and vapour barrier and cladded with raw spruce. We used the saunas very frequently in the…

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Infrastructure for Common Life

After the era of welfare state and ‘Million Programme‘, Sweden is no longer at the forefront of affordable housing. Few large owners and developers have clearly defined the market and seem to be well too comfortable in their positions, while a number of citizens, especially with lower income and surplus time, like students and immigrants, are left…

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The Fab Lab

The Fab Lab has its roots in the concept of a “Critical Fiction” and takes its name from the Latin “fabula”: a discourse, story or narrative, which has come into English as ‘fable’ or ‘fabulous’ (worthy of a story). In a critical fiction, a story is used to understand problems by discussing them from another’s…

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Desk Farm

The assignment asked to investigate the city centre of Umeå and propose a hybrid building with a holistic sustainable agenda. The main issues that I wanted to adress are locally produced food, flexible office spaces and inviting the citizens into the building. The programme is working together in an ecosystem: the air with elevated CO2…

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All-timber hanging staircase

This project was developed in a team during a one-week annual wood workshop at Laboratory of Sustainable Architectural Production. We had some high quality pinewood and a task to build a staircase reaching 2,40 m, but using only wooden joints. No screws, nails or glue was allowed. Inspired by Japanese joinery, we chose to test…

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Ice workshop

Raw blocks of ice are carriers of information, used as a transparent wall. The message is formed as a code, with a visual expression of digital noise. Applied using spray, it recalls a primitive meaning of a graffiti manifesto. The information is readable only through digital devices and requires active involvement from a viewer. The code is vulnerable…

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