Major urban transformation project in Kopparlunden, Västerås, Sweden
In Kopparlunden, an old workshop and industrial area right next to Västerås city center, FOJAB architects are doubly involved in an extensive urban transformation project that will contribute to new exciting and sustainable living environments for residents, workers and visitors alike.
Kopparlunden is characterized by both large- and small-scale industrial architecture in brick from the late 19th century onwards. Environments that today are worn, exciting, beautiful and ugly by turns and that over time have developed into a business and commercial area. An area that will now be transformed into a mixed city with streets, squares, housing, courtyards, workplaces, preschools and culture.
The planning work in Kopparlunden is divided into four different detailed plans, where FOJAB arkitekter has been entrusted with a dual role in the work on detailed plan North. The planning work is carried out as a so-called developer plan, which means that FOJAB both works with the basis for the detailed plan and produces the actual planning documents. We work partly to produce sketches, ideas and urban development studies for the landowner SveaReal and the developer's agent RED Management. We are also a planning consultant, which means that we produce planning documents in the form of plan maps, plan descriptions and are responsible for ordering the necessary investigations. To keep the different roles separate, FOJAB has created a project structure with different staffing for the two parts.
- Designing a neighborhood and managing the planning process at the same time requires an ability to really see the big picture. We weigh up interests and find creative solutions that benefit everyone, both the landowner and the city. It's great fun and a good way to enable really good and qualitative urban environments," says Samuel Rizk, managing plan architect at FOJAB.
Kopparlunden as a place is a tough environment with many urban development challenges. Above all, it is about noise and dangerous goods on the E18 that passes right next to the planning area, but also about soil contamination and the management of the old cultural environments.
- Both the property owners and the city want to create a district with sufficient density to support a vibrant urban environment. "The challenge here is to build densely and urban, but at the same time to incorporate high quality living spaces, green areas, large courtyards and rooms for children," says Samuel Rizk.
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