03. March 2013 /
City Centre of Floda, Sweden
The landscape architecture and urban planning offices Mandaworks and Hosper Sweden have won an architectural competition for the future city centre of Floda with their “Down by the River” proposal. Floda is a small Swedish community with a strong regional relationship with the city of Gothenburg. The flow of water from Sävelången to Säveån is the power behind Floda. In a city historically formed around the water, Down by the River recognises the force of water and its potential within Floda’s future on the river.
“Down by the River focuses on and develops Floda’s strongest qualities: water, nature and Garveriet. The public spaces along Säveån refine and develop Floda’s existing character and identity as a community around water. The proposal’s hook is the Blue Square – an innovative reinterpretation of the square as a public space where the rushing river creates a natural spectacle all year round,” stated the jury.
Four bridges form the starting point for four new development areas. The proposed settlements are concentrated around the river to support the new connections and bring life to Floda’s waterfront. A variety of building typologies create a mixed use centre that allows living, business and service to contribute to a vibrant downtown.
The competition was organised by the Municipality of Lerum and Swedish Association of Architects in collaboration with Floda Torg Fastighets AB and Kusebacka Stiftelsen / Garveriet. 59 proposals were submitted.
All images courtesy of Hosper Sweden.