An exciting new city neighbourhood is emerging on the former Barkarby airfield, north of Stockholm. The Parade is located at Stora Torget square in a complex that houses 200 apartments with premises for shops and other businesses. Åsa Kallstenius, a partner at Kod Arkitekter, was the architect in charge for the project, which has enjoyed a very positive reception and received the Byggnadsmärket 2018 award from Järfälla municipality. The façade was also nominated Façade of the Year 2019 by the SPEF trade association.

  • The Parade provides pleasant, stylish accommodation and a distinct, dignified backdrop to the square. We’ve used terrazzo both indoors and out. It’s vibrant, beautiful and durable – quite simply one of our favourite materials, says Åsa Kallstenius, SAR/MSA architect at Kod Arkitekter AB.

The aim was to build a distinct, dignified and lofty backdrop to the square. The Parade is a modern interpretation of a mansion block that creates a stately, grand impression. The blue rendered façade, which is a nod to the Stockholm Concert Hall, interplays beautifully with the light terrazzo and the neat, wrought-iron features.

  • It’s important that a building contributes to its setting, that it gives something back to the residents and the people who pass by.

The neighbourhood includes several buildings that surround the leafy courtyard and its flowerbeds, shrubberies, benches and play areas. The buildings are adapted in scale and height to optimise the flow of natural light into the courtyard and apartments. The northern section, facing the square is higher, and the South section lower. All of the homes, from studios to four-bedroom departments are located either on corners or span the building with light access from at least two directions.

The outside walls of the ground floor comprise terrazzo slabs with blind joints, which give a stylistically pure yet elaborate impression. The base is pale, and the masonry has shades of grey, white, beige and yellow. There is also terrazzo in the stairwells, entrance halls, on the benches and surrounding the built-in letterboxes.

  • Terrazzo is one of our favourite materials. It’s practical, durable, has beauty and vibrancy and ages well. And it’s also excellent indoors and out.”

The main portal to the neighbourhood creates a link between the square and the inner courtyard. In the evenings, back lighting makes the terrazzo-clad walls appear to glow. This idea was born at the beginning of the project when the architects held terrazzo samples up against to light and saw the striking effect it had as it shone through the material.

  • I’ve always been interested in buildings, and I knew early on that I wanted to be an architect. It’s an exciting profession; you learn new things all the time and develop constantly. Personally, I find it important to show consideration by carefully selecting materials that go well together to create a stylish overall impression. We have used HT-CALACATTA as our choice of terrazzo, which forms part of the Italian XQ collection from Herrljunga Terrazzo. We received excellent information from them, and we’re very pleased with the results.

Herrljunga Terrazzo offers a range of stylish collections. As an architect, you have the opportunity to design your own terrazzo in our lab.