Final Malmo piece – nature and density done well.
June 1, 2015 1 Comment
I wanted to finish off my discussion of wonderful Malmo with a pictorial piece on how the Western Harbour focused strongly on reintroducing biodiversity, nature and unique play spaces into a medium density development. The development required 50% of plot area should be green space.They did this through a combination of great parks, green roofs, open drainage systems that drain into pools in courtyards, local plantings and lots of open space and trees space. It makes the whole development feel green and welcoming and it softens the dense urban elements making the whole place extremely liveable – despite the often freezing weather.
Green space was key to the development and now attracts people for all over Malmo. As Persson and Rosberg write in “A Book About the Western Harbour” : Bo01 was a pioneer in ecologically sustainability in a dense urban environment …” a sustainable area where residents ned not be aware of their resource-efficient living. The sustainable district was to be just as comfortable, appealing and picturesque as the unsustainable, only then would it become the obvious alternative for the modern urban citizen … it would be both fun and comfortable” pg 14
I hope you enjoy these photos.
Open drainage system in Western Harbour
Open channel that runs to the ocean
It was a cold wet day but this play ground was voted best playground in Malmo – by the kids (and the toilet block even has a green roof if you look closely)