The Swedish housing experiment that brings everyone together

The first thing Torbjörn Björk does on being introduced is apologise that the vast majority of Rosana Simson’s new neighbours will be close to sixty years older than her. 

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 "I know we don’t look so old now," the retired airline pilot booms as he greets her in the foyer. "But we won’t be that way for long!"

The seventy-year-old and his wife Britta are the latest new residents at the new Sällbo apartment building in Helsingborg, Sweden. 

The building is an experiment in intergenerational living will put 31 flats for retired people side by side with 20 flats for 18-25-year-olds, of which ten are reserved for recent immigrants.

‘Sällbo’ combines the Swedish word for ‘companionship’ or ‘togetherness’,…

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