E16- Dutch WINNER in KARLSKOGA, Sweden
Authors: CORNE STROOTMAN (NL), CHRISTIAAN SMITS (NL) – landscape architects Rotterdam, Nederland
On the edge of lake Möckeln, between forests and meadows, a sustainable and inclusive district is taking shape that embraces the qualities of Karlskoga. Sustainable: The district embraces all landscape characteristics and existing buildings on the site, giving new functions to the big box stores and increasing the biodiversity of the streams, forests, and meadows. Inclusive: The district introduces a variety of urban typologies that enable different ways of life. Each typology embraces the natural values found around the site, outdoor activities, farming, and biodiversity become the foundation for a shared way of living. The district provides amenities, jobs, and houses, and because of the new Nobel railway to Oslo and Stockholm it entices urban dwellers that are looking to get away from the bustle of the city, into the quiet forests on the edge of a beautiful lake.