“Skywalks” could be the next thing

I came across an article about a project that will be built in Stockholm. The project seemed very futuristic and interesting. I don’t know how it will actually look like or whether it would suit the city but it sure is an interesting approach in urbanism.

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A new plan for central Stockholm uses a network of skywalks to stitch together more than 100 buildings and 5,800 apartments. Anders Berensson Architects’ Klarastaden, or ‘clear city’, concept bundles together a series of towers topped by a blend of private and public green space. Density – the highest in town – makes it possible to string skywalks like clothesline, connecting half of the roofs and zig-zagging the length of the site. Rooflines gallop to new heights and the mass of buildings gets gradually taller as one moves toward the central business district. ‘The proposal is basically as high as you can build without shading the existing city – which would be both sad and politically impossible,’ says architect Anders Berensson. Klarastaden is the architect’s response to the housing shortage in a city that’s swelling more rapidly than any other in Europe, according to the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce. It is expected to expand to just over 1 million people by 2020 – an increase of 11 percent.

The plan echo Berensson’s earlier Stacked Stockholm, a concept that uses classical block typology as an erector set. Its main difference, according to Berensson, is that it was commissioned by Sweden’s opposition Centre Party and has more site specificity – meant to loft over a rail yard that gobbles up a riverbank.

One of the most sustainable way of doing this is to densify the existing neighborhoods and take advantage of existing infrastructure.

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The design also makes larger parts of the area accessible to the public since both courtyards and roof terraces is crossed by public paths. The sky walk on the roof terraces will be one of the longest parks in Stockholm with best view in town. The proposal also makes the waterfront accessible for people in Stockholm. To control views and light conditions for the new houses zoning regulations for building heights is a major part of the proposal.

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‘This or something similar will get built here, but I don’t know when,’ says Berensson. ‘A major aspect to working with political proposals is to give alternatives to what’s being built today.’

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