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New Swedish Development Proposal – design by Foster + Partners
3 May 2011
Slussen Masterplan Exhibition
Slussen public exhibition opens in Stockholm
A public exhibition is being held from 3 May to 19 June 2011 at the Sjömanshemmet in central Stockholm to mark the final stage of the public consultation process for the redevelopment of Slussen. The exhibition showcases the masterplan to transform this central Stockholm area into one of the city’s most dynamic civic destinations.
Foster + Partners has been working closely with the City of Stockholm and local architects Berg Arkitektkontor, to develop the masterplan vision for this important site between the Baltic sea and the freshwater Lake Mälaren since winning the architectural competition in May 2009.
The masterplan concept is centred around the waterfront location and will create, at its heart, a new water plaza. This will also facilitate greater control of the water level between Lake Mälaren and the Baltic sea, reducing the risk of flooding to Stockholm and the wider regions. The proposals incorporate a rich mixture of new public open spaces, parks and venues, as well as a network of ramps and bridges that provide accessible pedestrian and cycle routes to the waterfront and to Gamla Stan. The masterplan also integrates a new transport hub, combining bus, train, tram and metro connections within a sheltered indoor environment. Construction is planned to commence in 2013.
25 Jan 2010
Slussen Masterplan Stockholm
New face of Stockholm revealed at Slussen Masterplan public exhibition
The new face of Stockholm at Slussen – a modern urban quarter at the heart of the archipelago – is poised to become one of city’s most dynamic civic destinations. The masterplan will provide new public spaces, an accessible quayside, pedestrian and cycle routes and prominent new buildings while transforming the existing infrastructure to minimise the threat of flooding and create a 21st century transport interchange.
Housed in a building within the Slussen masterplan area itself, the exhibition opens on 25th January 2010 to coincide with the start of a formal public consultation process for the new masterplan. Designed by Foster + Partners in collaboration with Berg Arkitektkontor for the City of Stockholm, the project covers an area of Stockholm adjacent to the navigation lock between the Baltic and the freshwater Lake Mälaren. The catalyst is an urgent need to replace much of the degenerated water and transportation infrastructure. The City of Stockholm is taking the opportunity to transform this important part of the capital into a new destination, creating a balance between road vehicles and pedestrians while enhancing the public realm with easier access to the waterfront. The masterplan scale and grain consciously preserve the city’s character at this historic location.
A central feature of the new Slussen is the Water Square, a pedestrianised public space arranged around the new navigation lock and realigned quayside, animated by new restaurants and bars. On the Södermalm side, the ground plane around the existing City Museum is extended out over the new below ground transport interchange and shopping mezzanine to create a series of new public spaces. A range of mixed use buildings are integrated into the new quarter to become a dynamic urban focus for Stockholm. Slussen’s prominent waterside location opposite historic Gamla Stan will make it a magnet for the city’s best contemporary architecture, while the elegant new road and pedestrian bridges will become feature elements. Once complete, the new Slussen’s extensive public terraces will provide spectacular panoramas over Stockholm.
Spencer de Grey, Head of Design at Foster + Partners comments,
“We are proud to be a part of this ambitious project to redefine this beating heart of Stockholm. The combination of a bold civic statement together with the repair of infrastructure that is critical to the future sustainability of the city promises a richer totality. With vastly improved access to the waterfront and generous amounts of new public space, the development will ensure that Slussen will become a popular civic focus for generations to come.”
Svante Berg of Berg Arkitektkontor said,
“It is a privilege to work on this important project so close to home. It is also highly stimulating and a great pleasure to work with Foster + Partners.”
22 May 2009
Slussen Masterplan Design
Foster + Partners appointed to design Slussen masterplan in central Stockholm
Foster + Partners and Berg Arkitektkontor, part of C.F. Møller Architects, have been appointed to design a masterplan for the heart of Stockholm, transforming the waterfront area of Slussen from an urban aberration to a popular destination. The proposal will bring new life to the area, linking the islands of Södermalm and Gamla Stan and stripping away the layers of history to reclaim a valuable city quarter.
For so long separated by a maze of roads and acres of concrete, the two waterfronts will be linked by a new footbridge and the historic lock will be revealed once more to provide a symbol for the area’s regeneration.
The masterplan re-establishes the waterfront to give Södermalm a new face. While contemporary in concept, the buildings that form the new city blocks continue the grain and scale of the adjacent urban quarter, retaining the long street views to the water and defining new public squares and extensive waterfront promenades. Their flexible nature allows for a rich mixture of uses, from culture and entertainment to shops and hotels, while the uninterrupted pedestrian quayside incorporates terraces, and promenades served directly by new cafés and restaurants.
Slussen Bridge Stockholm images / information from Foster + Partners
Slussen Bridge Stockholm : previous information – competition entry
Slussen Masterplan architects : Foster + Partners
Location: Slussen Bridge, Stockholm, Sweden
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