Major projects such as Hoboken Yard Redevelopment in New Jersey, Hudson Yards in New York, La Halle Freyssinet in Paris and Brisbane’s own iconic Roma Street Parklands and Sydney’s The Goods Line all showcase what can be done with prime and sometimes challenging sites.
Now inner-city Stockholm is looking at an imaginative approach to increasing housing stock and office space by using a disused above ground railway tracks to increase populations density close to Stockholm Central Station while maintaining public open space.
According to the architect Anders Berensson, the high rise buildings would range between eight and 100 metres in height, with the tallest containing offices, placed closest to the station.
Buildings would decrease in scale towards the outskirts of the area, where existing residential blocks are located. This arrangement would give 90 per cent of the apartments a view of the water, while minimising the negative impact of shading or blocked views for existing buildings.
The buildings would be linked by public courtyards, roof terraces and elevated “sky walks”, while decking over the train tracks would make an addition 2,000 metres of shoreline accessible to the public. The sky walk on the roof terraces will be one of the longest parks in Stockholm with the best view in town.