Spatial Design for Circularity in Residential Buildings: Exploring the Case of the Kitchen
Doktorsavhandling, 2024


Circular building design


Spatial design


Opponent: Assoc.Prof., Per-Johan Dahl, Lund University of Technology, Lund, Sweden


Anita Ollár

Chalmers, Arkitektur och samhällsbyggnadsteknik, Arkitekturens teori och metod

Circular building adaptability in multi-residential buildings – the status quo and a conceptual design framework

International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation,; Vol. 42(2024)p. 1-17

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Determining spatial characteristics for circular building design: The case of kitchen alterations

IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science,; Vol. 1085(2022)

Paper i proceeding

Foresights from the Swedish Kitchen: Four Circular Value Opportunities for the Built Environment

Sustainability,; Vol. 12(2020)

Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift

This dissertation delves into the role of spatial design in Circular Building Design (CBD), particularly in the context of multi-residential buildings. Considering the building industry's substantial environmental impact, the research underscores the need for more sustainable building solutions. The study explores stakeholder perspectives and the physical manifestation of spatial design, with the kitchen serving as the focal point for the investigations. The findings reveal that spatial design contributes to circularity by keeping resources in use at their highest value and reducing resource flows resulting from spatial alterations. This is achieved by implementing functional and adaptable solutions in the spatial design of dwellings. However, the research also uncovers shortcomings in current spatial design solutions. These are primarily due to a segmented stakeholder network and the down-prioritisation of end-user preferences in multi-residential buildings. To address these issues, this thesis advocates incorporating adaptable standard design requirements into CBD approaches, ensuring functionality and ease of adaptation in the short- and long-term. Additionally, this thesis identifies the need for enhanced collaboration among stakeholders in the building industry and expanded evaluation and implementation of end-user preferences related to the design of their dwellings.

Det cirkulära köket - VGR demonstrator (CIK)

HSB Living Lab, 2022-01-01 -- 2022-12-31.

Västra Götalandsregionen (MN 2021-00049), 2021-06-01 -- 2023-12-31.

Det cirkulära köket 2.0 från prototyp till tillämpning

Formas (2021-02454), 2021-12-01 -- 2023-11-30.

Västra Götalandsregionen, 2022-06-01 -- 2023-12-31.

Det cirkulära köket

HSB Living Lab (457-HSB), 2018-01-01 -- 2021-12-31.

Climate-KIC, 2018-01-01 -- 2021-12-31.


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HSB living lab



Doktorsavhandlingar vid Chalmers tekniska högskola. Ny serie: 5531





Opponent: Assoc.Prof., Per-Johan Dahl, Lund University of Technology, Lund, Sweden

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