Nivå landskapsarkitektur: Liljeholmskajen (The Liljeholmen Quay) has been developed from an old industrial harbour to a dens residential area; an extension of the central city of Stockholm. The site is located between the lake Mälaren and a cliff. The residential building Berghus 4 connects to a local square in the north, and a 20 meters high cliff in the south. The courtyard is basically a vertical shaded gap, between the building’s façade and the mountain face and measures 6 x 45m.
The design of the courtyard was based on four main principles:
Location and function
The shady location of the courtyard leads to the conclusion that the site will not be used on an everyday basis by the residentials. There´s also far more appealing sites to use nearby, like a large hilltop park and the sunny quay. This leads to the need for the courtyard to be an appealing view for the residentials. The ground floor apartments have wooden terraces, a couple of benches are placed surrounded by greenery and some activities for smaller children, like a sandbox, are integrated in the system.
Material and design
Only two materials are used for the build structure of the courtyard, galvanized steel and wood. A floating wooden walkway zigzags through the outstretched yard, starting in the west, passing by the public entrance in the middle and ending in the east with a small playground. Two ventilation systems and traces from the former industrial use are hidden behind trellis covered with green climbers like vines and Dutchman´s pipe.
The greenery contrasts to the simple and strict design and creates a tropical atmosphere during summer and dramatic colour changes in the fall. During the dark part of the year galvanized bollards and floodlight on the steep mountain creates a dramatic scenery, underlining the name of the building “Berghus 4”.
Short office name: Nivå landskapsarkitektur
Role of your office in the project: Landscape architect
Other designers involved in the design of landscape: Lighting consultant PQR Mattias Wennberg
Project location: Stockholm, Sweden
Design year: 2016-2017
Year Built: 2018
Photography: Robin Hayes