FOJAB architects continue in parallel assignment in Västra Hamnen, Malmö

FOJAB arkitekter is now working on a parallel assignment to design 160 new homes in a strategic location in Dockplatsen in Västra hamnen. Here, two slender buildings with 17 and 25 floors will rise, offering residents views of the sea and the city. It will be an urban, city-center residence with a wide range of services.

The site owner Wihlborgs, in collaboration with JM and the City Planning Office, has chosen to continue working with FOJAB arkitekter to design a new residential building at Dockplatsen in Västra hamnen. The plan is for a building with a five-storey base from which two slender structures of 17 and 25 storeys rise.

The building's shape and heights relate to the site's surroundings; to the east is the harbor basin, where the building is the tallest. Towards Dockplatsen and the guest harbor, the building steps down slightly, to connect with five floors towards the surrounding buildings and Isbergs gata, which is lower than the surrounding buildings. The two tapered towers will be characteristic of the building, providing beautiful views from all apartments and minimal shade on Dockplatsen.

- For us, it has been important to create a building with a strong character and form, which is born from the site, with links to Kockum's industrial history. We are sure that it will become a node and a benchmark for the area," says Joachim Lundqvist, Head of Architecture at FOJAB arkitekter.

The plan is to clad the building and the two towers with a weatherproof and robust exterior, with the entire body of the building consisting of balconies. There will be a total of 160 homes in the building, and a garden on the roof of the base will be shared by the residents. With a grateful southwest exposure, this creates a sunny shelf with plenty of shelter and a lush landscape.

The bottom floor at the base of the building contains public spaces for services, shops and restaurants. An atrium accessed from all the commercial spaces becomes the heart of the building and a focal point. The atrium forms a node in the promenade that runs from Klaffbron via the edge of the harbor basin and diagonally through the new building to end at Dockplatsen.

FOJAB arkitekter's project team consists of Joachim Lundquist, Stefan Johansson, Mikael Pettersson, Ida Stavenow and Johan Paju. The city of Malmö's detailed planning work is currently underway, and construction is expected to start in 2018 at the earliest.