Close proximity to water

Kolkajen/Ropsten, Hjorthagen. Visionary image: Adept/Mandaworks

Greater access to the water and the Royal National City Park

The water and the Royal National City Park are constantly present in Stockholm Royal Seaport, and give the area identity and dynamics. The southern quay promenade in Värtahamnen is being renovated and will be reopened in 2019. Two bridges over Husarviken will make the Royal National City Park more accessible. One is completed and the other will be constructed in 2018.

The port is a vital element of Stockholm

Energihamnen plays a vital role in Stockholm's industry. Fortum is extending the biofuel storage facility for its CHP plant to secure power supplies. Cementa and the Ports of Stockholm are expanding their operations in Energihamnen which opens up space residential development in other parts of Stockholm.

The ferry terminal at Värtahamnen has been developed and continues at Frihamnen. The port areas connect to the city to reduce barriers allowing people to move in and out of the area, on foot or by bicycle.

Transforming the steel gasometer from an industrial to a residential landmark

Gas has been produced at Gasverket for the city's gas network and the area has been closed to the public for over 100 years. In 2019, the area will be partially opened with new activities. The development will preserve Gasverket's unique character.

In 2017, demolition of the Gasometer 4, commenced. It will be replaced by a 90-meter high residential building with 320 apartments, and surrounded by a sculpture park. The site will receive a new landmark, equally as high but with different content.

The developer is Oscar Properties and the architectural firm is Herzog & de Meuron from Switzerland. The landscape architect is Piet Oudolf. Construction is scheduled to start by autumn 2018.

Kolkajen gives the area its identity

Architects Sweden nominated the planning of Kolkajen for the 2017 Planning Prize with the following citation:

With its location on Värtan on the outskirts of the Royal National City Park, Kolkajen will be Stockholm Royal Seaports face outwards. The plan strengthens the entire area's social sustainability and deepens the vision to shape the path towards a sustainable future. The urban planning concept of building a new island at the mouth of Husarviken creates a water arena for residents and visitors. The surrounding development will be dense, with rental apartments accounting for 25%. Gasverket's old buildings and coal quay will be preserved in a green-blue walkway that gives the area an identity. The plan's quality programme raises the critical question of how urban spaces can become meeting places for all residents.

Södra Värtan's development plan was previously nominated for the Planning Prize.

Competition for future housing types and tenures

A site-allocation competition commenced for 860 housing units in Kolkajen where property developers were asked to produce concepts for designing housing and other functions in the properties to better meet the current and future needs of Stockholmers. The entries will be evaluated in 2018. The other evaluation criteria are architectural quality, and to contribute to the employment of people who are least likely to find work.

Loudden – city instead of oil

The planning of Loudden commenced during the year and an urban area will replace the current container terminal and oil depot. The process is backed up by several feasibility studies on cultural history and landscape environment.