Lund Science Village is starting to take shape

With the aim of creating”the world’s best research and innovation environment", a winning architectural proposal for Lund Science Village has now been presented. A whole new district is to develop over the 160 000 square metres of land between the research facilities of ESS and MAX IV, with room for research institutes, university and university college branches, services, cafés and restaurants, companies, shops, sports centres and homes.

Lund Science Village is an area covering 160 000 square metres in northeastern Lund/Brunnshög, with a strategic position between the MAX IV laboratory and ESS. The land is owned by Lundamark AB, a company backed by Region Skåne, the municipality of Lund and Lund University. The company’s mission is to develop and administrate the area between the two international research facilities.

Lundamark commissioned proposals for the development of the area from four architectural firms. The winning proposal came from COBE Arkitekter/Rambölls and it will be the basis for further planning work in the municipality.

“We are very proud to be part of a project which is of such importance for the whole region. We wanted to create a dense district with its own city life but that would also be well connected with Lund via a tram line”, says Dan Stubbegaard at COBE Arkitekter/Rambölls.

The planned tramline with its stops is central to the district and links the two research facilities. Both high- and low-rise constructions are spread out on both sides of the tramline. These make space for research institutes, branches of universities and university colleges, services, restaurants and cafés, companies, shops, sports facilities and homes. The idea of building an Expo exhibition hall to present science and innovation to a general public of all ages is also being considered.

It is hoped that visiting researchers and their families will enjoy their stay in the new district so much that they will want to spend more time here exploring the region.

The jury found that the winning proposal ”describes a flexible and varied neighbourhood with a great diversity of block sizes, urban spaces and construction volumes. This promotes an urban environment that is rich in experiences as well as a flexible construction process.”

“It has been incredibly exciting to be part of this early stage and to draw up the long term strategies for the development of a whole new district characterised by research and innovation. Meeting places and space for creativity and interpersonal relations are the basis for this type of work”, says architect Eva Sjölin who is a senior advisor at Lundamark.

The district will gradually be built over the next 30-40 years and flexibility has therefore been an important keystone in the vision, along with sustainable urban planning.

The groundbreaking ceremony is expected to take place in connection with the start of building work on the tramline, in 2015. The winning proposal will form the basis of the planning work, but parts of the other three proposals will also be used. All four architectural proposals are exhibited in the old station building (Gamla stationshuset) at Lund Central Station, up to and including 18 April, from Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 17:00.

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