A public exhibition launched yesterday to further the public consultation process between architects Foster + Partners and Berg Arkitektkontor, and the people of Stockholm, in an effort to gauge the general consensus on revised plans to rejuvenate the area of Slussen.
On display until 19th June 2011, the visually enchanting exhibition at the Sjömanshemmet examines the current masterplans composed by international design giants Foster + Partners and local architects Berg Arkitektkontor to reinvigorate the waterfront region between the Baltic Sea and Lake Mälaren.
Won in a competition in 2009, these concept designs have been dramatically altered since the original plans triumphed over fearsome competitors Jean Nouvel and Bjarke Ingels, as a pair of interlocking spiral bridges were reduced to two straight parallel lines.
Explained away by Foster + Partners as the result of ‘analysis and further input from specialist consultants’, the move has arguably reduced the visual power of the plans but enables a more accessible and attainable finish. The remaining network of ramps and bridges look to provide simple and clear pedestrian and cycle routes, with a planned transport hub generating new bus, train, tram and metro connections.
New renderings released by Foster + Partners today suggest a similar feel to sections of the Thames River in London, with a handful of bridges and public plazas attempting to generate an almost Mediterranean buzz on a more northerly waterfront location.
The ‘iconic’ elements we are so used to seeing from Lord Foster may have been toned down, but smaller details such as the choice of mirrored gold-toned hues for the largest of the bridges and a glass canopy providing a sheltered indoor environment over the river retain the intrinsic Foster flavour.