An effective catalyst for 100,000 new residents and their needs in terms of work, housing, distribution, trade and sport.
Facts about Stockholm Loop in ten points:
1. There is an acute shortage of housing in Sweden as more than 700,000 new homes need to be built during the coming 10 years.
2. Stockholm Loop proposes more than 120,000 new homes in twelve underutilized locations at the outer edges of the Stockholm metro system.
3. Stockholm Loop builds on the use and upgrade of existing infrastructure.
4. Stockholm Loop introduces a new typology for high density areas that accommodates work, housing, distribution, trade and sport.
5. The creation of new types of buildings: an updated station building, a transport hub and a bridge house. Four examples of these buildings have been designed.
6. Bridge houses bridges physical barriers such as motorways, railways and open water.
7. Transport hubs include transhipment of goods as well as distribution of e-commerce deliveries with the help of drones.
8. Outlying areas are activated and are made attractive during more hours of the day.
9. The establishment of resources for different types of sports at the twelve sites create identity and links between people across social barriers while providing positive health effects.
10. An annual sports race – the Stockholm Loop – with swimming, cycling and running, comprising about 1.5 marathon, which retargets the spotlight from the center to the periphery.
Over the coming decade, Sweden is projected to need another 700,000 homes. One proposed solution is to create nine new cities. This project aims to investigate a different strategy. The brief for Belatchew Labs was to examine how the metropolitan regions can become part of the solution to the housing crisis through efficient and sustainable use of the available resources as an alternative to establishing new cities, which would require costly infrastructure investments.
Stockholm is a centrist city, where the metro network radiates out from the city centre. The suburbs are emptied of people at daytime, and the links between the outlying suburbs are weak.
The strategy of this project is to densify and activate underutilised areas around the outlying metro stations by bringing in new housing and additional functions. Upgrading the existing infrastructure allows for a more sustainable answer to the housing shortage compared to building new facilities.
Physical barriers in the form of water, railway tracks, streets and roads can be overcome by introducing new types of bridging buildings with multiple functions. The key is twelve updated suburb stations, a transport hub and a bridge structure that provides passage across motorways, railway tracks and open water. These buildings create a sense of identity for the new districts and counteract the depopulation of the suburbs during the day. A sports theme ties the twelve different suburbs together, each of which is assigned a specific sport.
The result is the Stockholm Loop. An annual sporting event that further serves to connect the nodes and draw the focus away from the centre and towards the outlying neighbourhoods.