Hammarby Sjöstad

Stockholm, Sweden

Hammarby Sjöstad, Stockholm

Hammarby Sjöstad is a new district to the south of Stockholm, which extends the inner city beyond Hammarby Lake for the first time. Masterplan by Stockholm City Planning Bureau.

The name 'Hammarby Sjöstad' means 'city surrounding Hammarby Lake' and this new 200 hectare city district will comprise 9,000 apartments, housing a population of 20,000 people, and 200,000 sq m of commercial floor space attracting a further 10,000 people to work in the area.  Approximately half of the total area has been developed to date and it is anticipated that the final scheme will be completed by 2015.

The concept for a new district in this location was born in the early 1990s.  At that time, the City of Stockholm had developed a plan for development on the north side of the harbour, and this stimulated interest for a more strategic plan for the whole area around Hammarby Lake, both on the north and south banks.  The idea was to exploit the unique opportunity to expand the inner city with water as a central focus for the development, whilst at the same time transforming an old port and industrial area into a modern city district.

Impetus was gained for development and infrastructure in the area when plans for Stockholm's bid for the 2004 Olympic Games were being prepared.  The core area of Hammarby Sjöstad was envisaged as an Olympic Village with a strong emphasis on ecology and environmental sustainability, which was promoted as one of Stockholm's unique selling points as an Olympic city.  Although the bid was unsuccessful, development was already underway and the momentum for change had been established.

Hammarby Sjöstad is built on former industrial brownfield land located on the south side of Hammarby Lake, to the south of the city centre, which has historically formed the natural border to the inner city area of Stockholm. The project seeks specifically to expand the inner city across the water.