Köping, Sweden




0,5 ha




Parallel assignment - completed


Köping Municipality


Patrick Verhoeven, Martin Arfalk,

Katerina Vondrova, Emilia Puotinen, Alessandro Macaluso

Kvarteret Hake Köping

A modern housing block inspired by riverside farmsteads

In 2018 Mandaworks was selected to partake in a parallel assignment for the reimagining of Hake neighbourhood, just north of the small town of Köping, Sweden. The plot is located where the Town’s urban structure meets low-density housing districts, and where two streams merge to form the Köpingsån river. The assignment was to propose an idea for the 0,5 ha residential development plot, and connect the program to a neighbouring park and riverside promenade - that together form an important node and connection through town.


The town of Köping, located on the northern shore of lake Mälaren has a rich history of industry and trade. The town has been a meeting place for merchants for hundreds of years, which has left a distinct imprint on the city. The variety of typologies along Köpingsån river are remnants of the Town’s past, and create a window into the history of the commercial trade town.


The typologies were the inspiration for our proposal, which reinterprets the locally typical “ågård” (or river farmstead) typology - a collection of buildings with different functions arranged around a partially enclosed courtyard facing the river.  In order to enable different kinds of living side by side, the proposed buildings host a variety of dwellings, ranging from small apartments to semi-detached private houses and stacked homes. The plot connects to the stream and the river promenade, overlapping the program of the development plot, the park and the river. The result is a locally connected, architecturally varied structure that supports diversity, a sense of community and social interaction.

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Hake Farmstead

Inspired by local farmsteads, the housing block creates an intimate cluster of varied architecture.

The river

Köpingsån forms a spine that runs through town and connects a series of public spaces and parks into a network that supports public life.

The park

The park follows the river and is a piece of an important regional ecological structure.

The city

The site is located at the intersection of urban, and low density built form.


The farmstead typology

Learning from the farmsteads of Köping’s past, the development is designed around a central community space, permeability, proximity to the water, and a clear spatial hierarchy.


Meeting the park

By opening up to the river, the development complements and activates the existing river promenade. 


Illustration plan


Public space program


Landscape program

Housing typologies

Stormwater management


Rethinking the yard

The river edge and the spaces between the buildings combine to offer places for recreation, relaxation and water management.

The private

The private spaces of the site are found dwellings and the private yards, where inhabitants are provided with space for themselves.

The public

The riverfront is open and inviting the the public, and introduces waterside hangout and fishing spots where people can come and enjoy the river.

The shared

The shared program bridges the private and the public and introduces urban farming, sports, and social spaces where inhabitants and visitors mix together.

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