Cozy Rooftop

10 Apr 2014

During 2014, the first tenants moved into Arenastaden. One year later, occupancy is scheduled for houses on the roof of the Mall of Scandinavia.

Caroline Andersson at PEAB Housing shares information about Arenastaden and the little block being built on the roof of the 100,000-square-metre shopping mall.

What will distinguish housing in Arenastaden from other residential areas?
“It should breathe housing of the future and represent a completely new way of living and a new lifestyle. The mix of residential units, offices and businesses combined with events and shopping will create a city district where there is always life and activity.”

What do you believe will characterise Arenastaden as a residential area?
“It will be like a ‘city within a city,’ close to both nature and Stockholm City. A city district where it will be easy to live thanks to the range of services, stores and transport links.”

What solutions are in place to make residents feel that living there is somewhat “normal” despite its spectacular location?
“Everyday things will function the same as everywhere else. Children will be able to go out and play in the yard and you can spend time with your family and friends. The spectacular aspect is being able to do all those ordinary things with the sky as your ceiling and the rest of Arenastaden at your feet. We do not want Arenastaden to feel ‘ordinary,’ although you will no doubt be able to live a normal life regardless of whether world-class entertainers or monster trucks are visiting close by.”

Who is your target group for the residential units at the Mall of Scandinavia? Why did you choose to build on the roof of a shopping mall?
“There are so many different sizes and types of residential units that we have a broad spectrum of people who want to live here. Everyone from young people buying their first home to families with children and older couples who move from their single-family houses. Building on the rooftop adds another dimension to the area. I believe that this is something that we will see more of in the future. There are many unutilised rooftops with the potential for fantastic residential units.”

What will the city district of the future look like?
“I believe that Arenastaden is an excellent example of the city district of the future. A mix of residential units and different types of operations, while the land is being used in an optimum manner. Utilising the seemingly ‘difficult’ spaces – for example, the rooftops – will provide completely new opportunities for construction.