The award is part of Boinstitutet’s work to highlight the importance of rental housing to a functioning housing market with a mixture of various types of housing and tenancies. The award is intended to draw attention to and reward a construction project and a living environment that do not have the building itself as their goal but instead perceive the connection between the home, the building and the district, and that offer everyone, whatever their income, an attractive home in a district or area that has a lively environment between the buildings.

The housing award is intended to reward high-quality and attractive housing construction for everyone, a construction project or ventures that create life and activity between the buildings and within the district/area, plus examples of a locally anchored and innovative housing policy, local collaborations and housing projects for an inclusive society.

The jury

  • Christer Larsson, Director of City Planning, Malmö
  • Moa Andersson, operational director, Boinstitutet
  • Li Pamp, programme presenter and journalist
  • Viktoria Walldin, anthropologist, White Arkitekter
  • Erik Stenberg, Associate Professor at KTH Royal Institute of Technology and expert on the “million homes programme”
  • Peter Majanen, founder of the strategy and analysis firm Quattroporte

The jury’s 10 top candidates:

Allmänna vägen
In the motley environment along one of Gothenburg’s oldest streets, Familjebostäder has built 25 new rental housing units, designed by Liljewall arkitekter, which are modern but also historically anchored in the surrounding buildings.

Aspö Eko-logi
The municipally owned Skövdebostäder has created a new urban district with a focus on environmental, social and economic sustainability where the town and the countryside meet. A mix of housing types combined with farms with animals, an allotment area, nature, lakes, and a pre-school plus communal activities for the residents.

Cykelhuset Ohboy!
The firm of architects and developers Hauschild + Siegel has applied urban innovativeness to produce a building that is both a hotel and homes, where it will be easy to live in a green and smart way, and where you can easily park your bicycle outside your door.

A classic “million homes programme” development in Helsingborg which needed a change, which the municipally owned Helsingborgshem renovated and refurbished, and where central elements of the process were a dialogue with the residents plus a responsive approach.

In Egnahemsfabriken on the island of Tjörn, house builders have the opportunity to build their houses within a context that offers resources and support, and also have the chance to share their knowledge with others.

ETC Bygg
ETC Bygg aims to build climate-smart rental housing buildings made of wood via Sweden’s biggest crowdfunding campaign, using the building and the residents’ rents as security. Everything that ETC Bygg does in the form of blueprints, construction experience and contracts is published openly on the project’s website.

KTH Live-In Lab
KTH Live-In Lab was founded to overcome the inertia when it comes to introducing new technological solutions into the construction industry. The platform enables companies, researchers and students to do studies based on current housing data.

Oskarsgatan Kvarteret Ormen
The new construction of multi-family housing in Norrköping by Sandell Sandberg arkitekter. Rental units, urban houses, on a scale that is clearly adapted to the site and with a combination of materials and a balanced colour scheme where the spaces between the buildings have been defined in a human way.

Nyhem supplies building systems to developers and organisations that want to build inexpensive and energy-efficient apartments in order to better create the conditions for everyone to live, whatever their income, background or requirements..

The Örebro model
A model for assigning construction sites to developers together with legally viable requirements for newly built apartments with affordable rents. The model is designed to fit the functioning of the market and can be implemented in all of Sweden’s municipalities – with current legislation.


About Boinstitutet
Boinstitutet shall be the context and the stage where tomorrow’s issues of socially sustainable housing, a balanced housing market, and a housing policy for all are discussed,where new knowledge and new ideas are formulated, and where people from a broad political and conceptual spectrum can meet. Boinstitutet was founded in the spring of 2017and is an initiative of the Swedish tenants’ association Hyresgästföreningens Riksförbund.

About Josef Frank
In his work as an architect in both Germany and Austria during the last century, Josef Frank had ideas that are still at least as relevant today. He emphasised quality and not quantity in housing construction, and he believed that good housing for everyone was crucial to a socially, economically and also politically sustainable society.