This Design For A Dense City Lets You Walk From Roof To Roof


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As the fastest-growing city in Europe, Stockholm has a basic housing problem: Because it’s built on islands with limited space, there’s little room left to squeeze in the next million-plus residents. And—as in cities like San Francisco—any attempts to build new skyscrapers tend to be met with opposition from people who want the city to look the way it does today.

So when architect Anders Berensson designed a proposal for a new neighborhood of high-rises in downtown Stockholm, he took a slightly different approach than usual. The buildings are lined up over a railway leading to the city’s central train station, on previously unusable land. Each building is at a different height, maximizing light. And a network of paths that cross from roof to roof turns the skyline into a new public park.