Municipality Malmö, Sweden
Martin Arfalk, Patrick Verhoeven, Nicholas Bigelow, Gregorio Chierici, Max Haluzan, Ola Nielsen, Mike von Tiesenhausen
Pernilla Theselius, Malmö Municipality
An active and green village square
A neighbourhood square grown out of the site’s movement patterns, geological history, and surrounding architectural qualities, Hermods Plats brings a new identity to the village of Klagshamn. Inspired by the fragmentary nature of the flint stone found in the surrounding landscape, the design connects across the bisecting street to form a unified square that prioritizes pedestrian flow and creates a cohesive design language. The resulting design creates a series of rooms, called fragments, that tie together the old village structure with the newly developed residential area.
Responding to their adjacent context, each fragment is defined through a series of curved concrete edges that vary in height and function. Within the square there are two types of concrete edges: one is a thin line in level with the floor surface that respects the site’s lines of desire and the other is a thicker, elevated wall that supports in situ seating areas, a jeu de boule play area, and elevated vegetation areas. Collectively the differentiated edges organize a selection of floor treatments and softscape materials that bring a strong design identity while also answering to the municipality’s demand for adaptability over time.
Connecting to the Landscape’s History
The design uses native vegetation and materials to create a sense of place
The design creates a shared space and improved pedestrian environment