Hjärup in Skåne
A Representation of 21st Century Architecture and Planning
Photos: Christopher Rådlund
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The concept for this village center in Hjärup was a result of the Swedidsh Housing Confernece of 1997 where Jakri, with architect Monica Berggren of Malmö, designed a field of individually constructed small homes inspired by traditional Danish-Skånish architecture. Among other rules at the beginning of the competition, the following premise was laid:
"Before the design of the new development a certain set of guidelines was written. The homes in the center should have steep saddled roofs with fired brick tiles in red colors and with facades in masonry¬bricked, polished or stuccoed in light colors."
Hjärups Hansaby neighborhood is designed after these principles. The architect her was Robin Manger, assisted by Marcus Axelsson.
One enters Hansaby through an arched opening or wall and sees the alluring Köpmann Street in a beautiful curve to the right¬with homes built in 1999. The street's architecture was awarded second in a competition for "Skåne's most beautiful modern home" in 2000. In front of Köpmann Street is the village square.
An important element in the plan for the future development of Hjärup is the architecture itself which Staffanstorps County views as essential for a good built environment. Some have called it "21st century architecture, inspired by local forms and building tradition" and "a character-filled development that gives the community identity and creates sense of place."
Today Hjärup is a town of 4000. By 2010 the population will likely double. There are plans to build 300 units in Hansaby in homes which are all uniquely designed. The mix of uses with boutiques and services at street level, and varied, multifunctional development has been the key to the high level of popularity it has gained in such a short time. The first phase of development in Hansaby will be completed in 2003 with a total of 286 units.
In 2002 Jakri purchased more land for further development in Hjärup northwest of their current project. Jakris's holdings give them the capacity for a build out ten times larger than their current development.
(In addition to the anciently inspired architecture of Hansaby) in Hjärup one can also find more diverse designs in variations of modernistic interpretation.