Lund (SE)


Category Urban – landscape – architectural


Location Lund - Sweden

Population Municipality 115,000 inhab.

Strategic site 520 ha - Project site 60 ha

Site proposed by Municipality of Lund, North Bridge and Estancia AB

Owner(s) of the site Municipality of Lund and private landowners

Commision after competition Urban and landscape strategic study. Development of plan program and masterplan in collaboration with municipality and other partners.


Team representative Professional of urban design – architect – landscape architect

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How can the site contribute to the adaptable city?

The area for the competition is the centrally located South West Lund. It is mainly a recreation and sports area today and has a good and well-used mix of programs. The area will undergo a transformation however, due to regional pressure. A new train station and an updated waste water treatment plant (WWTP) will open up to densification and a possibility to redefine the whole area. Within the project site, the city wants to create a dense urban environment with mixed uses and shared spaces for sports, recreation and smaller green spaces. The recreational potential of the area will be developed and integrated with the future housing/infrastructure developments and also with the existing city fabric, making it a natural extension of the city centre. The idea is to create a vibrant activity zone within the project area, and fortify the recreational potential of the green spaces along the water

City strategy

Lund has developed from a religious centre in the 12th century to today’s position as an important knowledge based city with key ingredients such us the university, progressive companies, the coming research plant ESS and MAX IV etcetera. The city of Lund has one of the best universities in the world where 36 000 students choose Lund every year.
Lund is close to Malmö and Copenhagen, and has together with Malmö formulated the vision Malmö-Lund 2030. One important node in this Malmö-Lund vision is the new train station in the site of project.

Site definition

The site consists of mono-functional islands with recreational areas, and leftover landscape in between. Typical urban periphery but right by the city park and less than 1 km south-west of the medieval city centre. The vast unbuilt space is there mainly due to the security zone between the waste water treatment plant (WWTP) and housing. In the process ahead two interventions will take place within the Strategic site and act as catalysts:
1. A new railway station on the line Lund - Malmö will be built within the site before 2022. It will be less than 45 minutes from Copenhagen and 15 minutes to Malmö. This will make the site area well linked to the region.
2. The WWTP inside the area will be transformed and updated according to the modern technological solutions. Land that today is within the security zone will opened up to new uses.

Future of the site in relation to the site family and Adaptability

The municipality has to respond to these two interventions. The area that today is a bit detached will tomorrow be a integrated part of the city centre. It is also pointed out to be the centre for sports, recreation and outdoor activities.
Programs or elements that shall fit in the site of project:

The common reinvented – There are circa 20 active sports clubs in the area. A central question is therefore: how can today’s usage of the green spaces be maintained in a densified situation and a future mixed urban pattern? The intention of the city is to let these clubs, surrounding schools and neighbouring communities share this recreative space and let it be a kind of social cement for this heterogeneous area. A chain of activities can create a dynamic axis through the area.

New housing, mixed use and new urban patterns – Lund is growing fast and the area near the new station will be subject to densification mainly through housing.

Connections – The area is not well connected to the other parts and the rail-road acts as a barrier today.

Water – The city slopes towards the competition area and two thirds of the water in the city makes its way to the WWTP and Höje Creek. The ponds at the sewage treatment plant and Höje creek are the only city-water surfaces in Lund which make this area very important. They will not be needed in the future for the WWTP and will therefore be accessible for other uses. This water could also potentially be co-used for offices (cooling), housing (recreation).

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