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January 19, 2022

Foster + Partners-led team wins competition to design Sweden’s station

The design includes the development of an integrated transport hub and the creation of a new mixed-use urban district.

A team led by architecture firm Foster + Partners has won the design competition for the Stockholm Central Station in Sweden.

The team includes Marge Arkitekter, LAND Arkitektur, Thornton Tomasetti, Ramboll, Wenanders and TAM Group.

The winning design includes the development of an integrated transport hub and the creation of a new mixed-use urban district.

Foster + Partners studio head Luke Fox said: “As the world’s collective focus shifts to more sustainable ways of living, working and travelling, it is vital that we enhance and redevelop our transport nodes and repair and connect the urban fabric around them.

“We look forward to developing these proposals with Jernhusen, Trafikverket and the City of Stockholm over the coming months.”

Stockholm Central Station was originally launched in 1871 and is located at the heart of the city. It serves as the country’s largest transportation hub.

Planned to be built over the existing tracks, the new district will relink the surrounding streets and connect the east and west sides of the city.

Foster + Partners expects the project to improve passenger connections across Stockholm.

The master plan will include the development of a new public square. With this, the new station precinct will integrate with the urban fabric.

Foster + Partners noted that the project’s design is inspired by the colours and scale of the Klara blocks.

The new hub will also provide an active public realm and better connectivity along with clear wayfinding.

Additionally, the project will see the recreation of the historic Station Railway Park on the southern tip of the site and a natural extension of the historic central waiting hall by narrowing the Klarabergsgatan Viaduct.

The team also plans to build an entrance hall that would combine the station’s new and historic parts. It will link the central station platforms, City Terminal Buses and Arlanda Express Trains.

The proposals also include the realignment of the new central tunnel with Klarabergsgatan for creating a subterranean east-west link across the site.

The firms expect the design to allow future tunnel extension to provide a below-ground connection through to the Citybanan.

Furthermore, a new centralised Logistics Centre is proposed to the west of the tracks to enable direct services for goods and refuge without disturbing the public realm above.

The project, which is due for planning consultations in 2023, aims to double passenger capacity in the most central location of Sweden.

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