“As the world’s collective focus shifts to more sustainable ways of living, working and traveling, it is vital that we enhance and redevelop our transport nodes and repair and connect the urban fabric around them,” states Luke Fox, studio head at Foster + Partners.
American Prize for Design laureates Foster + Partners, together with Marge Arkiteker and LAND Arkitetktur, have won the competition to design a new masterplan for Stockholm Central Station in the Swedish capital and introduce a new public square.
The winning design includes the development of an integrated transport hub and the creation of a new mixed-use urban district.
Originally designed and built in 1871, Stockholm Central Station is located at the heart of the city and serves as the country’s largest transportation hub.
The new district, planned to be built over the existing tracks, will relink the surrounding streets and connect the east and west sides of the city.
The master plan will include the development of a new public square. With this, the new station precinct will integrate with the urban fabric.
The new hub will also provide an active public realm and better connectivity along with clear wayfinding.
Foster + Partners notes that the project’s design is inspired by the colours and scale of the Klara blocks.
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.
Additionally, a new centralized 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 new project, which is due for planning consultations in 2023, aims to double passenger capacity in the most central location of Sweden.
Project: Stockholm Central Station Masterplan
Architects: Foster + Partners
Architects of Record: Marge Arkitekter AB
Landscape Architects: LAND Arkitektur AB
Consultants: Thornton Tomasetti, Ramboll, Wenanders and TAM Group
Clients: Jernhusen, Trafikverket and the City of Stockholm