2015 - 2016
High speed rail development vision
Assignment completed - 2016
Municipality of Växjö
Martin Arfalk, Patrick Verhoeven, Andrei Deacu, Sevasti Gektidou, Maria Gregorio, Danny Bridson
Växjö West development plan
Masterplanning urban and infrastructural expansion
Växjö holds a key position on the future high speed train link between Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö. In preparation for Sweden’s high speed rail line negotiations the Municipality of Växjö commissioned the study of a development plan for a large development area West of Växjö.
The development proposal takes inspiration from the existing city grid and block size to create a clear modern block-based structure. Variety is created by twisting the grid to meet existing connections and local landmarks. Generous spaces for parks and green areas are kept and spread throughout the fabric.
The meeting point of the high speed train station, existing train line and future bus connections becomes an active hub. A mix of residential buildings, office, schools and businesses are well connected locally and regionally. The new district plans for 12.000 new dwellings and two light industry areas. With careful consideration of the existing qualities and future potentials, the new development area and train station become a natural and integral part of the city’s expansion.
1. 660 ha of Växjö West
3. High speed infrastructure cut
5. Landscape preserved
2. Maximum site development
4. The urban grid
6. Twist to context
Transportation based growth
Växjö West is built around proposed and existing infrastructure links
Visual studies of the station allow decision makers to assess the impact of the station
A new urban hub
The new station and district creates a complementary urban centre