Stärnö Sjöstad

Stärnö Sjöstad

Stärnö Sjöstad

At the former diabase quarry on Stärnö, a peninsula southwest of central Karlshamn, FOJAB has been commissioned by Karlshamn municipality to develop proposals for how the area can be developed into a new and unique future district for the people of Karlshamn.

The diabase quarry, where, among other things, the facade stone for the Empire State Building in New York was quarried, has been closed for a few years and today there are large visible traces of the industry. The site is characterized by a 25 meter high rock wall, two deep holes after the quarrying and a magnificent view of the archipelago and the sea. The site's magnificent and unique conditions provided clear inspiration for FOJAB's urban development concept for Stärnö Sjöstad and created its very special character.

FOJAB proposes to develop the area with housing, a guest harbor, viewing and bathing areas and recreation that takes advantage of the area's character, location and views. For example, the depth of the water in the old quarries provides opportunities for deep-sea diving and the rock wall can be used for climbing. The proposal also includes plans for restaurants, trade and public activities.

The long narrow city plan clearly relates to its two different sides and water spaces. The sea is met by higher protective buildings of 3-5 floors together with clear quaysides, piers and public spaces. Along the inner water spaces, a small-scale environment with a green character is created with houseboats and terraced houses in 2-3 floors.

In Stärnö Sjöstad, the street spaces have been designed to prioritize pedestrians and cyclists, which are promoted by, among other things, crossing paths and low speeds. A proposed boat bus and bus line will also make it easy to choose sustainable public transport for the journey into Karlshamn.

Once the municipality decides how to develop the area, it will be built in stages.

Facts and figures

Project name
Stärnö Sjöstad

Karlshamns kommun


650 dwellings, 5,000 m² service/retail, 5,000 m² culture/tourism.


Contact person
Magdalena Hedman
+46 708 - 47 05 50

Project team

Magdalena Hedman
Landscape Architect LAR/MSA, Marketing Manager, Urban Development Manager

Åsa Samuelsson
Architect SAR/MSA, Head of FOJABlab

Klara Stigner
Architect SAR/MSA

Mikael Pettersson
Architect SAR/MSA