Planning competition for Floda city centre won by Mandaworks and Hosper Sweden
Mandaworks and Hosper Sweden have been announced the winners of the architectural competition for the future planning of Floda’s city centre. Floda is a small community with a strong regional relationship to the city of Gothenburg. Of the 59 proposals submitted, the jury appointed ‘Down by the River’ the winner.
The award was presented at a ceremony in Lerum on Thursday, 21 February. The competition was organised by the Municipality of Lerum and Swedish Association of Architects in collaboration with Floda Torg Fastighets AB and Kusebacka Stiftelsen / Garveriet. The 59 proposals were exhibited in Floda and seen by over 700 visitors. The competition was organised to inspire new visions for the future development of central part of Floda. The intention is that the winning teams will be involved in further planning.
The gushing water from Sävelången to Säveån is the power behind Floda. A city historically formed around the water, Down by the River, recognises the force of the water in Floda and utilises the potential of future connections to focus Floda’s future on the water.
The jury said of the winning project: “Down by the River focuses on and develops Floda’s strongest qualities: water, nature and Garveriet. The public spaces along Säveån refine and develop Floda’s existing character and identity as a community around the water. The proposal’s hook is the Blue Square - an innovative reinterpretation of the square as a public space where the rushing river creates a natural spectacle all year round.”
In Down by the River, four key bridges form the starting point for four new development areas that grow from their specific contexts. In each of the development areas, the existing characters of the site are strengthened while new additions help weave together Floda’s centre.
Proposed settlements are concentrated around the river to support the new connections and bring life to Floda’s waterfront. A variety of building typologies create a mixed use centre that allows living, business and service to contribute to a vibrant downtown. Collectively, the proposed densification creates proximity between people and functions, and in turn leads to a pedestrian friendly centre and thus more sustainable community.
The jury concluded by saying: “The proposal is robust and with distinct qualities that can lead an urban transformation process with many stakeholders, consultations, and public involvement processes. The future planning process will enable the qualities of the proposal to be progressively refined.”