The core of the neighbourhood, a collection of eight-story blocks, was developed in the early 1960s—and it was built to last!

Located due southwest of Lund’s gamla stad (or “old town”), on the far side of the old inner ring-road, Klostergården has been predominantly a residential area for nearly a whole century.

Perhaps counterintuitively, it is that sustained residential character that attracts most of its visitors, which make up in frequency what they lack in numbers: Klostergården is exemplary of mid-C20th modernist urban housing, and a gentle yet assertive thumb in the eye of critics of high-density urbanism. As such, you will often see small groups of urban planners from all over Europe—and sometimes beyond—walking around the estate, gaping with awe and blinking away the tears.

The core of the neighbourhood, a collection of eight-story blocks often (though falsely) assumed to have been part of the original miljonprogammet initiative, was developed in the early 1960s—and it was built to last! (It’s said that residents who want to make holes in their walls to put up shelves or other such fixtures are obliged to request a special drill from the janitorial staff, as domestic-issue tools simply can’t cope with the density of the concrete.)

But if you’re envisioning some stark, grey sink estate, you couldn’t be more wrong: the blocks, and the almost entirely pedestrianised streets along which they stand (all of which are named for weather phenomena), are surrounded by lush green spaces, beech tress as tall as the block themselves, wildflower meadows, and the ubiquitous playgrounds where the children of local families can be found at play long past sundown, all through the year.

The demography shifted a bit in the 2020s, as the more elderly residents were replaced by young families attracted by the building of a new local station on the mainline railway, one stop down from Lund itself. But otherwise Klostergården’s population is stable to the point of being a statistical anomaly, its residents incredibly attached to a community which is both vibrant and friendly, yet—despite its urban setting—almost as quiet as the monastery it is named for.

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