The Kiruna (Sweden) relocation scheme led by White Arkitekter is to begin construction this month as part of a phased plan which will see the entire city of approximately 18,200 residents moved two miles east. Kiruna is a small city formed in 1900 by the mining company LKAB; the company is now funding the relocation in order to continue its mining activity on the western border of the city.
Having been set a 20-year competition brief, White Arkitekter won the project with a 100-year masterplan which mapped out how the community could harness this opportunity in order to become a more socially, environmentally and economically sustainable city. It is estimated that the first phase of the project - including the creation of a new civic square, a new city hall by Henning Larsen Architects, a new library and swimming pool, and the relocation of a historic church - will take seven years to complete.
The scheme was shortlisted in the WAN AWARDS Urban Design Sector in 2013 and will be exhibited at the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale exhibition ‘Time Space Existence’ at Palazzo Bembo and Palazzo Mora, 7 June - 23 November 2014.