The Värtan Ferry Terminal

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Location: Stockholm / Sweden / Type: Roofs / Built: 2016 /
Show on Google Maps / Published on March 27, 2017

Nivå Landskapsarkitektur: The old harbor The Värtan Ferry Terminal, nowadays plays a greater role in the development of the newly built residential district Södra Värtan in Norra Djurgårdsstaden. Due to the long industrial history and continuous use of the harbor, public parks are scarce in the area. To increase green areas within the district has therefore been one of the main sustainable development goals for Norra Djurgårdstaden. The new ferry terminal has a layout with three roof terraces that serves as public spaces where passengers, staff and visitors can move freely in a transparent landscape close to the sea. The unique location of the harbor, where city and ferry traffic meets and collides, creates a hybrid public space. The design of the roofs is inspired by the surrounding Stockholm archipelago, a vast, windy and exposed environment.

The large scale and transparency of the space lay the foundation for the simple and uniform design that emanates from a central strolling path which is flanked of long cohesive spaces, coated with different high waving grass types. Every terrace level has been given its own color-palette which is captured in the blooming components, which then create a characteristic space that varies throughout the seasons. A cover of sedum grass is sprawling behind the high grass and the choice of species and the mix of different plants are designed so that the vegetation will stabilize and sustain for a long period. The plants will be managed as meadow and mowed once a year in early spring. A restaurant on the top of the terminal has the function as a meeting and target point for visitors.

The roof will, on the account of its unique location and special environment be a different type of park in the new city district.


Project name: Värtaterminalen, The Värtan Ferry Terminal
Landscape Architect: Nivå Landskapsarkitektur
Client: Stockholms hamnar / C.F. Møller Architects.
Architect building: C.F. Møller Architects.
Constructor: WSP, Ruukki, Wellmetron AB
Lighting: Black ljusdesign AB
Contractor: In3prenör
Years: 2010 – 2016
Area: 8 000 square meters
Location: The Värtan Ferry Terminal, Norra Djurgårdsstaden, Stockholm
Opened: 2016
Photographer: Anders Thessing

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