BIG architects: stockholmsporten master plan winning design
BIG architects: stockholmsporten master plan   winning design BIG architects: stockholmsporten master plan   winning design
mar 22, 2011

BIG architects: stockholmsporten master plan winning design

‘stockholmsporten master plan’ by bjarke ingels group in stockholm, sweden all images courtesy bjarke ingels group

danish practice BIG has won the stockholmsporten master plan competition, a call to design an inviting entrance portal into the city of stockholm at the intersection of a newly planned super-junction. a collaboration with engineering consultants grontmij and spacescape, the team beat out, among others, proposals from norwegian firm snohetta, danish landscape architect kristine jensen and swedish erik giudice architects.

view of the hovering sphere from the highway

in order to create an interesting landscape form without majorly altering the actual topography itself, a reflective, self-sustaining hovering sphere mirrors the surrounding area, creating a 180 degree view of the city for the drivers below. 30% of the sphere’s surface is wrapped with photovoltaic film, producing enough energy to keep it floating as well as to supply 235 residences in the neighbourhood with electricity. the object serves as a visual icon and landmark that greets the entry point into stockholm, reflecting the elements of the season and the urban life beneath it.

pedestrian loop

the overall plan features a slight raising of the land to reduce the noise from the center, forming a bowl-like valley between the city and the surrounding neighbourhoods. to create a diverse experience when moving in and around the area, the 580 m2 design is divided into multiple pie-shaped sectors that host a variety of different landscape qualities, from pine-and oak forests to wetlands; grass lawns to hilly terrain.

view from the neighbourhood

‘the magnificent bowl shape of this proposal is an ingenuous solution which interacts with the geometry of the intersection while at the same time creating an urban context linking together the different areas surrounding the site. possibilities of adding qualities and activities to the place which will benefit residents are very elegantly added’, says the jury of the competition. founder & partner bjarke ingels adds, ‘the project is a cross-over between urbanism, landscape, architecture, art and infrastructure into a new neighbourhood of stockholm. harnessing the momentum of the massive investment in tunnels and highways and putting the excess excavation to use as a man-made valley, we create an interdisciplinary hybrid of logistic, economic, environmental and social infrastructure.’

view of the sphere from one of the public buildings

bird’s eye view of model



project info: size: 580.000 m2 client: city of stockholm, swedish transport administration collaborators: grontmij, spacescape

partner in charge: bjarke ingels, jakob lange project leader: hanna johansson team: camille crepin barbora srpkova, alessio valmori, xiao xuan lu, krista meskanen, long zuo

grontmij AB: veronika borg, albin ahlquist, anders falk, mats mauritzson, nils-goran nilsson, christer johansson, bengt ridell

spacescape AB: alexander stahle, tobias nordstrom

  • Interesting but I would know how this sphere hovers with blogs we are overstimulated with imagery. It would be nice to see and be educated in how these proposals actually work. Once again looks interesting but would like to see more details or description of what seems to be the primary idea.

    gbro says:
  • and the park/valley will be littered with dead and wounded birds having crashed into the sphere.

    jman says:
  • Almost science fiction. Love it.

    thefutureishere says:
  • kapoor docet

    ale says:
  • Pink Floyds stray inflatable pig over London will be nothing compared to this ball bouncing across Stockholm in a storm.

    stina says:
  • I wonder how they are planning on keeping the reflective surfaces of the sphere clean…

    OCD says:
  • how would you get the power from the floating sphere to the homes? a lone wire coming off the orb?

    Dani says:
  • That’s great no one will be blinded by reflextions!
    Bjarke you’re so good that you reflect the landscape but not light!

    Joel says:
  • Dead pigeon collector!

    James P says:
  • Love these guys but i had to double check it wasn’t 1/4/11…laws of physics anyone?

    copernicus says:
  • science fiction..but super concept

    Prachi Pathe Pandit says:
  • The description show how barriers are used to decrease the noise from the traffic in the surrounding areas. Doesn’t this orb reflect the noise from the traffic _over_ the barriers?

    mr Thinker says:
  • I quote: “In order to create an interesting landscape form without majorly altering the actual topography itself, a reflective, self-sustaining hovering sphere mirrors the surrounding area”…so these BIG wern’t able to create an interesting landscape so they decided to build a floating huge sphere above it? Are you kidding me? Are we all kidding each others?
    First of all they already “majorly altered” the topography creating an artificial valley, so I don’t get why the suddenly get so cautios about it. Second: is this bloody sphere less intrusive than a topographic alteration? (what about the shadow it casts and, as previously mentiond, the sound it refelcts) and I don’t even go to the maintanace issue!

    a d k v says:
  • Will it fly?

    Bob says:
  • creepy – looks like “V”

    dbkii says:
  • What’s Swedish for “I smashed into on-coming traffic on the friggin wet road because I was blinded by the giant silver orb in front of my car”?

    David Filmore says:

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