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Five Strategies for Sustainable Urban Development

How are urban planning principles implemented in Stockholm Royal Seaport? City planner Stefan Modig from the Stockholm City Planning Administration explains.

Vibrant City

Planning work incorporates the potential and character of the Gasverket gasworks area. Buildings will have new, mixed uses and contents and will serve as meeting points for the whole of Stockholm. The area will be opened up and thereby help to further integrate with the city. The Kolkajen phase, see image below, is set to become a new public space offering exciting experiences. Public space in the Södra Värtan phase has different functions and tempo. Two new parks are planned; Värtanparken will be lively and activity-based, while Saltparken will be a quieter space by the water. Flexible-use spaces are also planned that can be used, for example, for markets and outdoor theatre in the summer and ice rinks in winter. Planning regulations and quality assurance programmes ensure considerate design and variation in new buildings, focused on central locations and pathways, and to encourage freer movement within the area. An arts programme for Södra Värtan is also planned; locations for artwork have been chosen, and artists selected.

New public space offering exciting experiences in phase Kolkajen. Illustration: Adept & Mandaworks.

Accessibility and Proximity

The principle of adapting the urban environment to the human scale is expressed in the Gasverket area with pedestrian streets between buildings of considerable cultural and historical significance. Elsewhere, for example along the main road in Södra Värtan, the same principle will partly contradict the desire to make room for sustainable means of transport, as creating space for various modes of transport provides opportunities for larger scale urban space. One of the challenges is managing access. For example, stairs and elevators are required between Gasverket and Hjorthagsberget to connect the two areas. In Södra Värtan, one area needs to be closed off to create space for a new main road. This issue is close to being resolved and will contribute to the process of linking the area with the adjacent Gärdet. Today, people who move into Stockholm Royal Seaport have access to all possible amenities including pre-schools, schools, playgrounds, supermarkets, and restaurants, as well as public transport such as bus routes and subway trains.

Planned skate ramps in Värtan Park will support stormwater management and have aesthetic qualities. Illustration: City of Stockholm/Nyréns.

Resource Efficiency and Climate Responsibility

Examples of efficient land use include the car park built into the cavern under Hjorthagsberget which creates an efficient parking solution that avoids using land competing for other uses. Neither do the artificial island and the floating student housing block, which are planned for Kolkajen, use existing land. In Energihamnen, the challenge is to bring together several industry stakeholders in an extremely limited space. Existing buildings, in Gasverket and elsewhere, will be used and developed, resulting in the reuse of existing resources.

Let Nature Do the Work

Green spaces in Stockholm Royal Seaport create attractive aesthetics and function as meeting places for residents, while also managing stormwater and enhancing biodiversity. Trees and other vegetation in public space reduce the impact of heatwaves and contribute to a better audio environment. Well-designed stormwater mitigation solutions add value to public space and are designed for flexible use. One example are the planned skate ramps in Värtanparken, which are designed for skateboarding and combine stormwater management with pleasing aesthetic qualities.

Vision image: Kolkajen, including floating student accommodation. Illustration: Adept & Mandaworks.

Participation and Consultation

To create interest in and engagement with Stockholm Royal Seaport while the area is being built, public activities and places for residents and visitors, such as the sun bridge in Kolkajen, planter boxes, guided tours, and participation in the Open House architecture festival, have been organised. New ideas and technologies are trialled with land allocation competitions. For example, the plus-energy buildings in Brofästet were evaluated for energy efficiency and architectural quality, while the buildings in Kolkajen were evaluated for social sustainability and architectural quality.

Stefan Modig, Stadsplanerare Norra Djurgårdsstaden, Stockholms stads stadsbyggnadskontor
Stefan Modig, City Planner, Stockholm Royal Seaport, Stockholm City Planning Administration

Drone flying over the first three phases

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Five Strategies for Sustainable Urban Development

How are urban planning principles implemented in Stockholm Royal Seaport? City planner Stefan Modig from the Stockholm City Planning Administration explains.

Vibrant City

Planning work incorporates the potential and character of the Gasverket gasworks area. Buildings will have new, mixed uses and contents and will serve as meeting points for the whole of Stockholm. The area will be opened up and thereby help to further integrate with the city. The Kolkajen phase, see image below, is set to become a new public space offering exciting experiences. Public space in the Södra Värtan phase has different functions and tempo. Two new parks are planned; Värtanparken will be lively and activity-based, while Saltparken will be a quieter space by the water. Flexible-use spaces are also planned that can be used, for example, for markets and outdoor theatre in the summer and ice rinks in winter. Planning regulations and quality assurance programmes ensure considerate design and variation in new buildings, focused on central locations and pathways, and to encourage freer movement within the area. An arts programme for Södra Värtan is also planned; locations for artwork have been chosen, and artists selected.

New public space offering exciting experiences in phase Kolkajen. Illustration: Adept & Mandaworks.

Accessibility and Proximity

The principle of adapting the urban environment to the human scale is expressed in the Gasverket area with pedestrian streets between buildings of considerable cultural and historical significance. Elsewhere, for example along the main road in Södra Värtan, the same principle will partly contradict the desire to make room for sustainable means of transport, as creating space for various modes of transport provides opportunities for larger scale urban space. One of the challenges is managing access. For example, stairs and elevators are required between Gasverket and Hjorthagsberget to connect the two areas. In Södra Värtan, one area needs to be closed off to create space for a new main road. This issue is close to being resolved and will contribute to the process of linking the area with the adjacent Gärdet. Today, people who move into Stockholm Royal Seaport have access to all possible amenities including pre-schools, schools, playgrounds, supermarkets, and restaurants, as well as public transport such as bus routes and subway trains.

Planned skate ramps in Värtan Park will support stormwater management and have aesthetic qualities. Illustration: City of Stockholm/Nyréns.

Examples of efficient land use include the car park built into the cavern under Hjorthagsberget which creates an efficient parking solution that avoids using land competing for other uses. Neither do the artificial island and the floating student housing block, which are planned for Kolkajen, use existing land. In Energihamnen, the challenge is to bring together several industry stakeholders in an extremely limited space. Existing buildings, in Gasverket and elsewhere, will be used and developed, resulting in the reuse of existing resources.

Let Nature Do the Work

Green spaces in Stockholm Royal Seaport create attractive aesthetics and function as meeting places for residents, while also managing stormwater and enhancing biodiversity. Trees and other vegetation in public space reduce the impact of heatwaves and contribute to a better audio environment. Well-designed stormwater mitigation solutions add value to public space and are designed for flexible use. One example are the planned skate ramps in Värtanparken, which are designed for skateboarding and combine stormwater management with pleasing aesthetic qualities.

Vision image: Kolkajen, including floating student accommodation. Illustration: Adept & Mandaworks.

Participation and Consultation

To create interest in and engagement with Stockholm Royal Seaport while the area is being built, public activities and places for residents and visitors, such as the sun bridge in Kolkajen, planter boxes, guided tours, and participation in the Open House architecture festival, have been organised. New ideas and technologies are trialled with land allocation competitions. For example, the plus-energy buildings in Brofästet were evaluated for energy efficiency and architectural quality, while the buildings in Kolkajen were evaluated for social sustainability and architectural quality.

Stefan Modig, City Planner, Stockholm Royal Seaport, Stockholm City Planning Administration

Drone flying over the first three phases

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