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Täby, Sweden




30 ha


International Urban Planning Competition


Assignment Completed


Täby Municipality


Martin Arfalk, Patrick Verhoeven,

Sunna Pfeiffer, Danny Bridson, Katerina Vondrova, Pia Kante, Suzete Timba


ADEPT Architects, Tyréns, Ekologigruppen, Trivector, Stockholm University

MixMax Tibble

The symbiotic cluster city

The municipality of Täby located north of Stockholm is one of the regional centers facing extensive development and transformation. ‘MixMax Tibble’ is a vision for Täby's centre and future education and innovation clusters. A low-rise and dense structure with diverse variations in both height and length scale creates an intricate urban fabric with intimate urban environments and defines small urban blocks that can grow in time hand in hand with the needs of the city and the future residents.

The new buildings are composed to maximise the social meeting spaces by breaking up the form and scale, joining program functions, sharing facilities and planning for new uses in the mix. The social values are multiplied by synergy of overlapping the existing educational and sport functions with new housing, workplaces and higher education. The new hybrid typology is built on mixed programme, stacked functions on top of each other and the spatial diversity within the same neighbourhood.


The main urban spine with strong identity become the new gathering points and create contrast to the lush green lungs. The street is a place for both flow of people, water and landscape. The park is at the same time a playground, sports club and a lunch room. Tibble promotes healthy lifestyle by interweaving playful learning, spontaneous movement and restful nature.


The MixMax city provides a changeable system for development where the key lies in flexibility and the vision that the site becomes a magnet. Current users have the opportunity to continue as long as they are viable, or manage temporary activities that can contribute to the urban life of the area during the construction face. The additions become expandable features that grow with the needs of the time based on an attitude to triple values through the overlap of symbiotic creative innovation hubs, dwelling environments and movement of people.





Required future programme of the site

33% offices

33% education

33% housing


Mixing and overlapping functions

20% of the programme can be shared!

 120% CITY!  

120% MixMax City!

By overlapping and exploring surfaces, a symbiosis is created in the future MixMax City.

The Urban Spine

A main urban spine is defined by various urban activities in the neighbourhood, such as creative innovation hubs, home environments and flows.

The Green Connection

The green connection clearly links the site to the surrounding green structure and reconnects it with its context.

The Collective City

By overlapping the different values new strong and important qualities come to life, defining the future MixMax City.

Overlapping of values

The new city structure is sourced by creativity and energy with various activities expanding into the public space.

1. The site today - 30 hectares.

4. New Urban Spine linking the site to the nearby areas and important nodes - Täby Centrum and new train station in the south.

7. Selected buildings are preserved and incorporated into the urban structure, giving an identity to the new neighbourhood.

2. Existing train system splits the area in two.

5. Main streets allowing access to different parts of the neighbourhood.

8. Diversity on the volumes contribute to a sense of belonging and reacts to the context outside of the site boundary.

3. New green link activating the area with diverse functions and new qualities.

6. New intimate urban pockets give freedom for the creation of private programs.

9. The result is a site with mixed program that can be shared and expanded into the neighbourhood.

The anchored structure

The site as a part of its context, linking to the surroundings and overcoming existing barriers.

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Diverse urban structure relating to the surrounding context

MixMax Tibble filling in the gap in the urban fabric and connecting to the nature and sea in the south.

1. Public Streets and Nodes providing different dynamics on the site.

4. Access to the public transport is significantly reducing the need for private car ownership.

7. Different types of parks and green spaces bring strong character and identity to the site.

2. Playful activities in the area are always exposed to the outdoor space.

5. Bike system is integrated and given dedicated lanes and services.

8. Diverse and resilient green system connects to surrounding nature.

3. Main urban spaces with schools and preschools close to nature and parks become the heart of Tibble.

6. Parking facilities are located on the outskirts for reducing passing traffic in the neighbourhood.

9. Streets and parks lead the water and different ecosystems.

Tibble features

The plan structure contains a network for various kinds of movement and activities, both within the built volumes and the public spaces. 

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Blurred line of the inside-outside spaces

Learning environments and workplaces are linked to the outdoor public environment and integrated in the MixMax city.

Overlapped programme, shared values

A building is not just one thing but several at the same time, allowing for sharing knowledge and building social bridges.

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Flexible public space

Tibble will grow on the basis that people’s way of moving constantly changes, with a street network that is generous and flexible.

Hybrid typology for flexible future

In MixMax City healthy lifestyle is encouraged in the constant presence of environments for joyful movement, both inside and out. Information flow, innovation, learning and workplaces take part into everyday life.

Liveable streets with vivid urban life

The active life outdoors with ideal location for retail, workshops, educational premises and other activities benefit from growing with public life, which MixMax Tibble offers in various and innovative ways.

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Innovative urban structures

Tibble offers a wide range of typologies with flexible functions in order to allow for overlap effects and provide conditions for sharing and exchange, always building on the value of public space and nature.

Integrated functions within one neighbourhood

Rich overlap of functions and programmes gives more efficient use of the public space, better educations, greater knowledge from the sharing and allowing for new ways to live.

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Urban landscape as part of the system

The MixMax Tibble parks are designed to encourage natural characteristics of surrounding landscapes, where oak woods and spontaneous pathways are combined with meadow-like areas.

1. Higher education structures close to public transport are seen as driving engines in the process.

4. Development starts with the most available blocks of the existing Tibblevallen, Port Roslags Näsby and the areas connecting them.

2. The main neighbourhood blocks are defined in order to establish a clear structure.

5. A chain of movement starts when the sports center, Tibble highschool and Näsbydal school are given new facilities and move out of existing buildings.

3. The block are developed in the optimal order to allow for symbiotic development of the site.

6. The Åva High School can possibly move and allow for the final development phase to happen.

Flexible yet framed future development of the site

The stages of development is described in various steps, dividing the site into three types: generators, development and transformative blocks.

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New skyline of MixMax Tibble

The features of the proposed structure allow for new hybrid symbiosis of functions that generate new city life in Täby.