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    RENOVATING MOHOLT STUDENT HOUSING

    Student-approved kitchens

    Foto: Siren Lauvdal
    Text: Dorthe-Beate Lia

    Building student apartments is no easy task. A lot of factors need to be considered, and product quality needs to be of the highest standard. So it was natural that the choice fell on Fibo when the Student Welfare Organization of Trondheim University decided to renovate the student housing at Moholt.





    Renovation

    No students are left in the characteristic apartment blocks of the student community of Moholt , Trondheim. The corridors are quiet and the only people around are construction workers and cleaning personell. But soon the buildings will teem with activity yet again. No less than 216 apartments are due for new kitchens. And once the renovation of the apartments is done, the students can move back in. In these apartment buildings, 4 people share each kitchen and bathroom. As in any home, the kitchen is the heart of it all. There should be room for anyone who wants to hang out, cook and eat here.

    Leif is responsible for maintenance at the Student Welfare Organization of Trondheim and has been one of the consultants for the renovation of the apartments. He explains that expectations are high when it comes to a project like this. "We usually say that it needs to be student-approved", he says with a smile. Student-approved means high quality.

    Choosing Fibo

    There is a lot of wear and tear in a student apartment. Especially in the bathrooms and kitchens. Leif has a quality checklist he uses when shopping for kitchen panels:

    • Products that can take some beating.
    • Products that are easy to clean.
    • Products that are easily and quickly mounted.

    Leif tells us that there have been several incidents of cooking fires. "The panels stand up very well to fire. They just get a little brown." He also gets good feedback from the cleaning personell. "They tell us this is easier to clean than tiles."

    For Leif and the Student Welfare Organization cost efficiency is another important concern. By using Fibo they bypassed the cost of expensive craftsmen. The panels were easily mounted by the carpenter or the cabinet assembler, depending on who was available.

    New building projects

    The Moholt student community is Trondheim's largest student housing project, and it is about to become even bigger. 5 new apartment blocks are going up, to house several thousand fresh-faced and expectant students during their academic journey. These new blocks contain one-room apartments with its own bathroom, organized around larger collectives as well as tenant apartments and couples' apartments.

    On busy mornings many students prefer oatmeal or a cereal for breakfast

    Kristian comes along on a bike. He's headed for an exercise session. He tells us he likes to cook his own food, every day. For breakfast he prefers oatmeal with milk. Actually, that particular breakfast appears to be popular with several students. Anna from Lom has different eating habits: "I almost always prefer a slice of cake with jam on it. If I have more time, I'll cook up a pancake."

    The conclusion seems to be that students are just like any other people: Their nutritional habits depend on social background, interests, economy and time.

    Eating habits

    Statistics show that groceries are the biggest expense for students. So that must mean they spend a lot of time in the kitchen? Do they eat dinners together? And how about breakfast, the most important meal of the day?

    We encounter several students outside the new buildings. Some are on their way to lectures, some are coming home from the grocery store, some are off to exercise or to do the laundry. Your average student activities, basically.

    Everyone we meet live in 15 person collectives where they share one kitchen. The kitchen is understandably one of the most important social arenas for these students. This is where they get to know each other, for better or worse. Some are great cooks, others not so much. Some clean up after themselves, others don't. But they all agree that eating together is important, whenever they get a chance.

    "Yesterday we ate together, all of us who live there. One of us is from Pakistan, so we had a Pakistani evening. He took care of the food and showed us Bollywood movies", says Anna, 19. She is from Lom in Gudbrandsdalen, a scenic valley in the rural area of Norway. She studies to become a child welfare worker. She admits that they mostly eat a lot of pasta and potatoes - it's cheap and simple.

    The student community of Moholt is known for its international profile. Kim is a student at the University of Trondheim, formally known as The Norwegian University of Science and Technology. She is 28 and comes from South Korea. She spends a lot of time in the reading room and tells us she seldom has time for more than a coffee in the morning. If she does have time, she'll eat bread and eggs.

    Kristian comes along on a bike. He's headed for an exercise session. He tells us he likes to cook his own food, every day. For breakfast he prefers oatmeal with milk. Actually, that particular breakfast appears to be popular with several students. Anna from Lom has different eating habits: "I almost always prefer a slice of cake with jam on it. If I have more time, I'll cook up a pancake."

    The conclusion seems to be that students are just like any other people: Their nutritional habits depend on social background, interests, economy and time.

    Tips

    For the student housing at Moholt they used Kitchen Boards, a panel collection adapted to the standard gap between top units and base units.
    Check out the whole collection.

    If you like the design used here, 1066 Cement Black, you can get these panels in both standard size and a smaller size.

    Products used:

    1066 C Black Concrete

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