Hovda in Västerås

Project: New city plan, proposal
Client: The City of Västerås

Year: 2005

A proposal for the vitalization of a typical housing project from the sixties with extensive separation of traffic. The district consists of approx 900 single family houses and 1600 apartments. The apartment buildings were renovated in the nineties but the low status hasn’t been washed away regardless of the fact that the inhabitants enjoy their neighborhood very much. A through route and a grove cut through the district from east to west and divide it into three separate parts. The complete separation of traffic, the lack of identity and the vicinity of a major shopping mall has completely rendered the local shopping centre destitute. We transform the through route into a city street by moving the local shopping and service to the street. All cars, pedestrians and bicycles are concentrated to the street to create the necessary commercial exposure and create greater possibility for spontaneous encounters. The old shopping mall is torn down and a new heart – a new school – is built instead. We connect the roads and create greater movement in the north south direction. We propose rental apartments in so called city villas and city terraced housing to give both young and old inhabitants the possibility to stay and evolve with the neighborhood. 


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