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1. Vibrant City

A Vibrant City centres around people. It is open, inclusive, works for people in different stages of life, and offers a variety of types of housing. Public spaces are the centre of urban life and there is space for spontaneous and unexpected meetings between people from different backgrounds and identities.

A Vibrant City has varied content with functions and activities that ensure that it is populated, safe, and interesting at all times of the day and night and throughout the year. It also contributes to good business opportunities. It is an equal urban area that everyone can use on their own terms and where women and men are included in the design of the city. A dense, green, and connected city that facilitates walking and cycling and contributes to reduced climate impact and improved wellbeing.

This strategy contributes to the fulfilment of the following UN Sustainable Development Goals:

This strategy contributes to the fulfilment of the following UN Sustainable Development Goals:

1.1 A robust and coherent city structure

Green spaces along Jaktgatan. 

A dense and green city where buildings, streets, squares, and green spaces connect the city and facilitate walking and cycling.


At the end of 2020, the City Planning Committee approved the first detailed development plans for Värtahamnen, Södra Värtan Norra, with offices and businesses premises on ground floors and hotels and retail, to contribute to an active city environment at all hours of the day and night. New parks, squares, and a 600-metre waterfront connects the south and north of the area, making the water accessible to all. In autumn 2016, the urban design work for Södra Värtan was nominated for the Urban Design Award by Architects Sweden. Read more

Density analysis

The 2016 density analysis1 included development sites and half of the surrounding streets. The plot ratio for Södra Värtan is lower than Kolkajen, but the number of building storeys is greater, which results in a higher utilization rate. Södra Värtan, Västra, and Norra 1 have the largest number of storeys.

Västra, Norra 1 and 2, Brofästet, and Kolkajen have virtually the same utilization figure, although with different coverage and number of storeys. Compared to other areas in Stockholm, Liljeholmskajen has the highest utilization rate and coverage. Södra Värtan has the second highest plot ratio, followed by Hammarby Sjöstad. The plot ratio for sites that have been planned for Stockholm Royal Seaport is 2.3, which is higher compared to the rest of Stockholm. For example, Hammarby Sjöstad has a plot ratio of 1.7, while Hagastaden has 7.2.

[1] Density analysis is based on the Spacemate method and includes quantitative aspects such as plot ratio, (FSI, intensity), coverage (GSI, compactness), spaciousness (OSR, spaciousness) and building height in number of storeys (L).

How targets have been met
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1.1 Create a robust and coherent urban structurePlanned waterfront, pedestrian and bicycle lanes in ongoing detailed development plans.
80% of residents are extremely/fairly satisfied with pedestrian/ bicycle access to neighbouring areas. Resident survey 2019.

1.2 An equal city

An equal city centres around people, it is open and inclusive and works for people in different stages of life and offers a variety of types of housing. Of the dwellings built to date, more than half are rental apartments, of which 9 per cent are student accommodation.


In 2020, 560 tenant-owned apartments were allocated land, 320 of which were OBOS for Gasklocka 3 and 4, 160 for OBOS and 80 to Among Giants Properties (AG) and Rico Estate Development in Kolkajen.

Vision Kolkajen. Illustration: Adept & Mandaworks

In conjunction with land allocations for Kolkajen and Gasklocka 3 and 4, developers are required to develop concepts for norm-creative dwellings and property design. Read more

More on the dwelling offering

Rents and costs for tenant-owned apartments in Stockholm Royal Seaport are comparable to other new-build properties in central Stockholm. The size of dwellings varies but the majority are two-, three-, and four-room apartments. The size of apartments breaks down as follows: 10 per cent one-room, 33 per cent two-room, 29 per cent three-room, 24 per cent four-room, and 4 per cent are five-room or larger, see chart below.

Diagram 1.1 Apartment size (completed dwellings)

Virtually one in 10 dwellings built to date are student accommodation. Image: Lieselotte Van Der Meijs

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1.2 Contribute to the creation of an equal cityDevelopment of concepts for norm-creating housing design.
53% rental apartments (of which 9% student accommodation) and 47% tenant-owned apartments. Apartment sizes vary as follows: 10% one-room apartments, 33% two-room, 29% three-room, 24% four-room, and 4% five-rooms or more.

1.3 Active daily life

A Vibrant City offers a variety of functions and activities that help people get through the daily routine.


Stockholm Transport Museum is working hard to complete an exhibition in the building 9 in Gasverket ahead of the opening of the museum in 2021. Watch the film below. (Only in Swedish)

Production: Region Stockholm, Region-Ledningskontoret, Communication and Press.

Gasverket’s storage warehouse has become the Anna pre-school. Vectura Fastigheter have rebuilt “building 11”, a structure of cultural and historic significance from 1909, into a municipal pre-school that opened in January 2021. Read more

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1.3 Plan for a well-functioning everyday lifeTo date, we have built 1 elementary school, 11 pre-school, and 1 sports hall.

According to the 2019 residents survey, residents are extremely or fairly satisfied with access to:
- pre-schools and schools 26%
- culture activities 12%
- places for play for children under 6, 47%
- places for play for children over 6, 26%
- supermarkets 64%
- restaurants, cafés etc. 47%
- squares and meeting places 72%
- sports and leisure activities 42%

1.4 Attractive and safe city spaces

A Vibrant City offers a variety of activities that ensure the area populated, safe, and exciting at all times of the day and night and throughout the year. It also contributes to business opportunities.

Mixed city

In the completed stages, the proportion of dwellings is high. As the expansion reaches Ropsten and goes further into Gasverket and Södra Värtan, the proportion of commercial space will increase. The average is currently 13 per cent, but under to current plans, the proportion of commercial space will increase to about 40 per cent. Read more


In 2020, work on safety in the area continued. Two safety walks with 22 participants were conducted in various constellations. Participants have included the City District Administration of Östermalm, the Transport Department, the police, Lidingö municipality, residents, night walkers, and Keolis. A number of issues were identified and addressed. The majority of these issues related to faulty lighting, graffiti, and bushes that needed to be cut back.

Safety is one of the most top concerns of Stockholm Royal Seaport residents and the 2019 residents survey showed that the proportion of people who feel safe decreased from 91 per cent in 2016 to 79 per cent in 2019. This level remains higher than for the rest of Stockholm, where the proportion who feel safe was 70 per cent in 2019.

”Safety walks play a key role in creating a safer environment. They provide us with valuable feedback about the overall project in terms of what is working and what can be improved for future design plans and construction.” Ricardo Weibel, Construction Manager, Stockholm Royal Seaport, Stockholm City Development Administration.

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1.4 Attractive and safe urban spacesSafety walks. Planned public open space with social values. Follow-up of use of public space with the help of sensors.
Public open space with social values 16%, equivalent to 27m2 per dwelling.
According to the residents survey, 79% feel safe in Stockholm Royal Seaport.
Updated 2022-03-14

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Key figures:

  • 1 elementary school, 11 pre-schools, and 1 sports centre.  
  • 53% rental apartments of which 9% are student accommodation.
  • 16% of public open space has social values, the equivalent of 27m²  per  dwelling.

    Results presented up to and including the Brofästet phase.

Table 1.1 Key figures

Tabell 1: sammanställning av nyckeltal levande stad.
EtappNorra 2BrofästetGasverket VästraVärtaterminalenJackproppenKolkajenGasklocka 3 and 4Södra VärtanVästraNorra 1
Norra 2BrofästetGasverket västraVärtaterminalenJackproppenKolkajenGasklocka 3 and 4Södra Värtan VästraNorra 1
Number of apartments5985800054157032014801257670
Types of tenure (rental and condominiums, per cent)58 : 4244 : 56Not relevantNot relevant0 : 10024 : 7620 : 8066 : 3431 : 69
Share of commercial space, per cent11410010019727883
Plot ratio3-42,5-4Not relevantNot relevantNot relevant2,5-4Not relevant4-5,54-5,52,5-4