Projekt: Gestaltningsförslag för alternativ utformning av Nya Slussen (Nyréns arkitektkontor ab)
Samarbete med: BIG
År: 2007


Copenhagen, 8th of May 2007

The collaboration between BIG Architects of Copenhagen, Denmark and NOD, Stockholm, Sweden provides not only a solution to one of Scandinavia’s busiest intersections but most importantly privileges the pedestrian and cyclist.

When the Stockholm City Council invited BIG and NOD to act as design consultants on Slussen, the direction given was to create a proposal that reconnects the historic Gamla Stan with Södermalm. Understanding the long legacy of previous attempts to solve Slussen’s traffic chaos, the team set out to create a single form within which the different modes of traffic are layered. The proposal touches the waters surrounding Gamle Stan and slowly terrace up using ascending and descending ramps to create a new, coherent area focusing on providing an attractive and functional setting for both movement and rest.

Currently considered inaccessible to pedestrians and cyclists, Slussen is a black hole in the heart of Stockholm. It is no wonder then that a Danish/Swedish collaboration has made sure to offer cyclists as well as pedestrians easy access to and through the area. The proposal turns Slussen into an urban recreational area assuring easy movement for the citizens and tourists of Stockholm. Slussen will gain a whole new kind of urban space unlike any other in the world, where artwork, a summer’s midnight stroll and outdoor theatre can cohabitate with the need to move cars, buses, trains, metro, and boats. The strength of Slussen lies in its continual and varied movement which the proposed ramped landscape only underscores. The heavy traffic of cars and buses is carefully immersed under the rising hillside. Suddenly due to the submersed traffic large areas have been freed and are made attractive to the entire city to enjoy. As a result, new opportunities for urban life are created.

Today Slussen does not take advantage of its rising topography. Seeking to utilize its unique setting the proposal uses the terraced hillside to house kiosks, shops, and tourist information stands accessible through the network of ramps. In this way, a new and active urban area is created. In addition to the landscaped contours and pathways characterising BIG and NOD’s proposal, the dispersion of light has been instrumental in developing the site and the various levels. By day, natural light will pierce through circle shaped skylights into the lower levels. By night, the skylights will be illuminated from below. The expression will thus vary from dusk till dawn, from season to season and depending on the weather. This dynamic process and the continual hum of traffic will serve as the backdrop to a new urban form and regenerate life into the surrounding neighbourhoods.

Bjarke Ingels Group

BIG consists now of more than 80 architects and designers. Through a series of award-winning design projects and buildings, BIG has created an international reputation as a member of a new generation of architects that combine shrewd analysis, playful experimentation and social responsibility. In 2004 BIG was awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale for the Stavanger Concert House, and the following year BIG received the Forum Award for the VM Houses as best building in Scandinavia. Recently, the VM Houses and the Psychiatric Hospital in Helsingør have been nominated for the prestigious Mies van der Rohe Award.


NOD stands for Nature Oriented Design and was founded in 1998. Today NOD is a multidisciplinary studio with seven co-workers with a broad background in art, education, architecture and landscape. NOD consults within the fields of urban design, landscape, and design utilizing a broad base of reference projects it has completed.

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