- Småorna is actually developed by the students themselves in that the idea is based on some student projects at Luleå University of Technology. Many of the solutions in our new student apartments at 16 square meters is built on ideas that students have developed in the projects, says Mikael Thorgren, head of northern Sweden whitin Lindbäcks construction AB.
Lindbäcks has a longstanding partnership with Luleå University of Technology, both in construction research and education. Development of småorna is a result of that cooperation by being able to transfer students' own preferences in a sharp construction solution. Two groups of students who studied civil engineering architecture implemented in 2013 projects on "compact living". One of the proposals gave Lindbäcks ideas with the opportunity to develop two small apartments in the same module, which is realized in the new building project.
- This is exactly how we want the relationship between industry and university to work. Here we see a typical example of collaboration in both education and research, which Lindbäcks is an example on where we can show that our training is of high quality and our graduates are highly valued, says John Sterte Vice Chancellor at Luleå University of Technology.
New rules have made it possible to build apartments at 16 square meters. In a first test 50 småor is built with two such in the same module. It takes place in Lindbäcks factory from which småorna comes complete with furniture and everything. The solution with two småor in the same module is also expected to provide low-income housing.
- Now that we build this industrially we get an incredible power of it and our ambition is that rents should be under 3000 SEK per month, maybe 2900 or something like that, says Mikael Thorgren.
Build venture with 280 new graduate and student apartments at Luleå University of Technology, includes both apartments with one room, two rooms and three rooms. Most of them is one room on 24 squaremeters. As early as during the autumn of 2015 land and foundation work is expected to start and a gradual occupancy is expected to start during the autum 2016.