Bjärred is surrounded by beautiful landscapes, including rivers and wetlands, coasts, agricultural land and forests. At both territorial and local level, the project proposes a strategy to bring these elements to the heart of the city and its new development, reconsidering the local landscapes of forests, hedges, meadows and blue landscapes of wetlands, bogs and lakes. This strategy will not only contribute to creating a sustainable plan for Bjärred but confirms its identity, living quality and climate change. Here is a great opportunity for sustainable transport, living, public transport and rich in innovation, which forms a new ecosystem for Bjärred.
Bjärred är så kollektivt
Client: Lomma Kommune
Status: 3rd prize, Completed
Size: 800 000 m2
Location: Bjärred, Sweden
Type: Open International Competition, Mixed use / Urban planning
The Great Opportunity
The train station of the future in Flädie means that Bjärred will be part of a stronger network of sustainable public transport. The project creates a new logic for soft mobility, which provides a transition from car-based transport to a safer, faster and greener system. This will not only benefit new development in Bjärred, but for the entire city, car-dominated spaces will be redistributed and transformed from monofunctional car-based infrastructure to social human-based infrastructure.
From suburbanism to collective rural urbanism
The project articulates around 3 collective ideals: Continuous nature - increased physical connection with nature, help to preserve and maintain nature, create conditions for observing, experiencing and learning. Social infrastructure - soft mobility, culture, education, play and sports. Productivity - Maker Spaces, permaculture, kitchen gardens, energy forest.
The collective ideals are supported by a framework of green and blue landscapes, urban areas and collective places that stimulate activity, participation and encounters between people, encourage pride and attractiveness.
A new innovative model for housing
The new urban areas are designed to respond to climate change, through a green and blue strategy that not only acts as an adaptable system, giving more space for water, but it recreates lost and new habitable natures. The project also carries out a participatory process that combines citizens' needs and wishes with the project's timeline. The proposed city typologies have been studied and designed to suit local contexts and allow maximum flexibility to adapt to local conditions and the future market.
Eco (Bjärred) system
The project strives to create an intense green / blue focused environment as a way to increase the district's attraction and position it to compete better with similar contexts. This approach has two main parts: islands of housing located along existing infrastructure, and in turn a continuously expansive landscape. Each island contains different ways of life, a series of suburban typologies and a new ecosystem consisting of both urban and natural systems.
The jury specifically appraised the project as a "visionary contribution with many wise thoughts that dare to challenge. With multifunctional ideas about renewable energy, public transport and sharing economics, it is one of the few contributions with an in-depth perspective on sustainability."
Project team: Eric Reid, Linn Runeson, Gauthier Durey