ERA Architects

ERA x Sweden

This month a number of ERAers took a trip to Sweden, in order to kick off a neighbourhood rejuvenation project at Semlal Lagerlöfs Torg in Gothenberg. Following the extensive site tour and project brief, the team visited precedent projects in Stockholm, Malmo and Copenhagen to view the latest in housing design and neighbourhood renewal from our Nordic cousins. The following images illustrate the project’s existing context ‘as found’, and future blog posts will expand on both the trip and the on-going project.


Selma lagerlöfs torg (selma lagerlöff = nobel prize winning Swedish author, torg = square)


Note the separation of bicycle and pedestrian routes from motor routes, typical of post war Swedish master-planning.


Typical 4 storey courtyard blocks in the neighbourhood with recently added playground amenities, adjacent to forested hills with granite outcroppings.


Parallel blocks featuring the original courtyard landscape design.


A birds-eye photograph of central area around the ‘torg’.



A large map of neighbourhood on the floor in the local community centre.