Anders Berensson Architects has made a proposal to connect Stockholm’s islands and shorelines and make them more accessible for public use. The proposal was commissioned by the Stockholm Center party.
Although Stockholm is called the Venice of the North and it is a city on islands, the city’s beaches and quays are largely unused by the public. Access to baths and cold baths with saunas is limited in large parts of Stockholm and the connection between the city’s islands for those who walk along its shorelines and quays is via long train and car bridges high above the city’s shorelines.
We want to take advantage of Stockholm’s unique lakeside location and create bathing and cold bathing opportunities in Stockholm’s various neighborhoods with the help of small swimming rafts and saunas. We want to connect Stockholm’s various promenades by adding pedestrian and bicycle bridges connecting the shorelines by using already existing foundations for car and train bridges, as well as adding small openable bridges to connect the city’s beaches and quays. In this way, you can move between different islands without having to take long detours via elevated, noisy roads.
We suggest that swimming rafts will be placed in Stockholm where there are no nearby bathing facilities, such as on the eastern part of Kungsholm and Södermalm.
We propose that small cold bathhouses with a sauna and a staircase to the water will be placed along several of Stockholm’s quays.
We suggest floating football fields at Liljholmskajen, Söder Mälarstrand and Hornsbergs strand.
We propose several new pedestrian and bicycle connections to be made by utilizing the existing built structures at Årstabroarna, Liljeholmsbroarna, Skansbron, Västerbron and Tranebergsbron, and that an openable pedestrian and bicycle bridge will be built between Masthamnen and Saltsjökvarn.