Norra Djurgaardsstaden is one of Northern Europe’s largest urban development areas. Over the next 20 years, the development will include 12,000 new homes and 35,000 new jobs, as well as a new cultural area, the Stockholm Gasworks.

For almost 100 years, the three parts of the waterfront: Kolkajen, Tjärkajen and Ropsten played a central role in managing, storing and processing the coal that fed Stockholm’s Gasworks. Today, modern energy production has rendered the Gasworks obsolete, and the area represents a fresh opportunity to redefine Stockholm’s relationship to the water.

The project unite new and old by taking a starting point in the contextual values. As a key structural element the qualities of the historic gasworks are drawn into the site as a clear axis, re-linking the gasworks to the shoreline. This central open space, is then transformed into a new urban typology, a water arena, celebrating the life and qualities by the water and close to the nature. The water arena is emphasized by building a new island into the water changing a north turning quay into a new public south facing promenade for everyone.

The masterplan is composed of three areas, each developed with its own character and identity derived from thorough analysis of context, history and future functions. Great variation in diverse and attractive neighbourhoods, unfolds the full urban potential for dwellers and visitors alike. The masterplan frames the water, the historic buildings and cultural activities. The diverse context allows for a mix of urban qualities while the varied housing typologies attract a wide range of ages, lifestyles and income levels.

The urban fabric of the area is linked to a robust infrastructure for pedestrians and cyclists with biking lanes, plentiful parking places for bikes and a number of other initiatives to make ‘soft traffic’ the easiest and most convenient transportation form. The masterplan is a flexible framework that can adapt to changing scenarios of density while maintaining a high quality of everyday life. 

Royal Neighbour counts 2.000 apartments and 70.000 m² office and related businesses.

Name: Kolkajen-Ropsten
Type: Invited parallel competition 1st prize
Program: Urbanism + Public space
Client: Stockholm Municipality
Size: 18 ha
Location: Stockholm SE
Year: 2015 - ongoing
Collaborators: Mandaworks
Image credits: ADEPT, Mandaworks
Team: Martin Laursen, Martin Krogh, Anders Lonka, Jens Peter Nielsen, Simon Lyager Poulsen, Ola Lidén, Mathieut Hellebaut, Marie Glad, Lars Henriksen, Jiří Pokorný, Marco Bolsieri