The Aeblelunden (Apple Grove) housing development consists of a single building of seven stories containing 91 flats ranging from single to small family dwellings. The residences were designed to be low priced condominums with the possibility to choose from five degrees of completion from open floor plans with untreated surfaces to a completely finished solution. The floor plans are versatile (no load bearing partitions) within the apartment, but lack the ability to combine units given the load-bearing walls between units. Kitchen and bathroom units remain relatively static given the volumetric solution used, but material surfaces and items can be customized.
In order to demonstrate the versatility of the apartments the architects tested the concept among their own staff by having ten architects compose customized plans if they were to live there themselves. The varied results were handed out to the buyers as inspiration. None of the designs showed much similarity with the compositions generated from the real estate agents which were offered along with the DIY option. Variation in the façade is created by utilizing the gaps between the concrete sandwich panels for window openings reducing the calculable area of the concrete which could help finance the complex jointsof the panels. The design approach suggests an alternative way of distributing design competencies by maximising interior customisation to the user while restricting the façade or building’s public ‘interface’ to the architect.