Aleksandra Boruń – Tomáš Feistner

The site
The river edge is not just a thin borderline between the water and urban mass. It is a wide area of transition which adds diversity to the homogenous built space. Therefore, the site and its character, a complementary part to the inner city, provide an environment for processes that can’t happen in the midtown. We can call it “a backyard” of midtown.
Another attribute of this transition area is the ability to connect its neighbouring partners. Neither of these potentials are fully utilized, due to presence of the infrastructure and carelessness.

The wish
We want to emphasize the character of the river edge as an entity which offers a different character in the environment and becomes a connection with its surroundings. We want to restore the former importance of Lilla Bommen as a gate to the harbour and as an underestimated endpoint of Östra Hamngatan, one of the most important streets in Gothenburg.

The proposal
We articulate the riverspace as a sequence of different spaces, each with a unique character, therefore forming a broad field of opportunities. Different buildings divide those spaces, they connect them however with their ground floor.

River Front / Between the Opera and the Casino
// Catriona Macdonald, Carlota Marques de Amorim, Lambert Lempereur, Tom Smith

"What if we could strengthen our island's local conditions with a community building / cultural park?"

Between the Opera (Christina Nilssons gata), Sankt Eriksgatan and Casino (Packhusplatsen) is an area that is physically and functionally segregated and fragmented from the rest of the adjacent city centre due to poor infrastructure and dispersed islands of regeneration.

Göteborg has long been shaped by the development of its harbour. As Scandinavia’s largest harbour, the city has changed from being a significant port and industrial city, to one of industry in decline and one of the most threatened / exposed cities for sea level rise and flooding in Sweden.

In its current condition the site illustrates: a barrier to the riverfront; weak identity; inefficient use of space / lack of purpose; undefined access routes; anti-climax; and a topographical separation from adjacent urban fabric.

“Waterfronts of the Nordic are emblematic of the vitality and effectiveness of new cultural energies.” (The Building Art: The Social Art; Peter MacKeith; 2012)

A strong point of a city is its diversity, which facilitates meetings between people across interests, ages, social status and religious affiliation.

We see the potential of the site as a place for: varying circadian uses; mixed seasonal activity; city markers; a strong culmination point of Västra Hamngatan; emphasising the city’s relationship to the waterfront; and turning normally disadvantageous flooding risk into opportunity .

Our idea is to use the existing street patterns to delineate islands of activity, chosen for their cultural associations with the people of Gothenburg; with street confluences denoting important ‘nodes’. The site  itself determines location of function, from quiet to loud, wet to dry, in terms of the current activity and topography.


our site is situated on the river edge right next to the centre of gothenburg. left behind from previous developments, the space is now predominantly underutilized parking space. our aim is to transform the site into an attractive meeting point for different users of the city, reconnecting the city to the river and to the opposite river bank. a moving landscape with different public programmes (recreation, culture, sport) will stretch into the water, where plug-in boats connect it to a science/energy- complex on the other river edge. the project will be carried out in different stages and will be adaptable for future development.






This area was once a vibrant harbor with much activity and clear connections between the water and the city. Today this area is fragmented with infrastructure and a big ferry company, obstacles that has removed the citizen’s contact with the river. The surroundings of our area include a lot of different actors and activities creating a potential for a positive change.

We have decided to work on how to deal with and overcome existing obstacles by trying to reintroduce the former logic of our site. Also we are working on implementing a new public space, working as a catalyst for the future of this area.


/Mathias Holmberg, Kevin Vanden Bulcke


Week 2, “Ready made” model


Week 5, skeleton model

Group 5: Louise Lauwers & Antón Monedero

South of Gothenburg, the municipality of Mölndal is divided by the main highway that connects it to the city. The highway is the main barrier that splits our site, an abandonned paper factory on a 12,5 ha terrain, from the centre of Mölndal.
Mölndal is an old industrial town with a lot of factories and small worker houses. The dynamic river and topography shape the whole town and the organic shape of the paper factory.

The main topics we focus on are – connection
- make the river visible
- create an own identity for the area

To achieve this goal, we studied the site respecting the existing construction as much as possible, removing and restoring those in bad shape and filling the voids with small interventions, keeping in mind that users are the key point to trigger this transformation.


Group 3: Carlota, Thierry, Sandra, Bobbie 

An inclusive, green and dynamic river region

Located between the two most traffic intensive highway junctions in the region, the area of Marieholm is connected to the city centre via a small bridge crossing the river to Gullbergsvass and the areas downtown.

Today there’s a wide range of local scale companies based in the Southern Marieholm area. Along with warehouses and storage rooms, cultural associations, restaurants and small creative companies rub shoulders.

Our vision is to create a dynamic urban landscape that can deal with the reoccurring flooding in a near future and restore a physical relationship to the river. Existing factories/businesses will be encouraged to stay in the area, the situation and the flooding risk are an opportunity to prevent gentrification and offer affordable places for activities near the city center. Abandoned buildings will become workshops and the empty silo will work as a cultural center and exhibition hall. A floating river walk will help define the area and connect it with downtown and Hisingen.

The ever-present traffic noise gives us the opportunity to work with silent places – Stillspotting. The aim is to identify or create stillspots that will be the contrast to the monotonous noise and a way to rediscover your hearing over and over again.

Works on models

 Constance Lieurade, Daniela Urland, Laureen Putzolu

We decided to work on two differents projects.

Daniela, Constance and Laureen are working on the fish harbor area. We want to connect the existing fish industry with a new project. This is a mixed-use building which integrate four mains programs as Fish Market, Music Center, Exhibitions and Café. This differents programs are connected under one roof which creates public area, accessible for everyone.

The programs are contained in three flexible structures which could be open or close according to the seasons and the differents days. It can be realized by movable wood panels inspired by Michael Jantzen’s projects.

Model / Stena Line Area


Constance Lieurade, Daniela Urland, Laureen Putzolu, Mathias Holmberg, Kevin Van Den Bulcke

Göteborg is an industrial city next to the river but turning his back to water. We want to make a realistic project and keep the existing functions as Stena line and Fishing harbor.

To improve this area, we use the existing green line around the city center of Göteborg and continue it in the way to create new publics spaces along the riverside. We decided to focus on two mains points of this area.



Authors: Fanny Winkler, Eric Andersson and Jakob Schleimann-Jensen

Biskopsgården is a Swedish suburb that is isolated from the city by both social and economical borders.
This nature close area contains a young population with a growing social and political awareness.
In the interspace between the lake and the monotonous suburban houses there is an abandoned site, a burnt down garage building.
Our key idea is to create a meeting place on this site for all citizen in Biskopsgården built by local participation.
By involving and collaborating with local actors we developed a programme consisting of: urban farming, café, library and workshop space.


Point of departure

The city of Gothenburg is a fragmented city. The fragmentation is present in the city centre, due to infrastructure and dispersed islands of regeneration, and is strongly present in the physical and social division lines towards the periphery of the city: the suburbs, the industrial harbour and the islands of the archipelago.


Urban interventions

The studio will approach the fragmented Gothenburg city landscape as an archipelago of islands, both in terms of the fragmented city centre and a periphery consisting of both of natural islands and the socio-economical and segregated islands of the suburbs. We will apply the definition and understanding of an archipelago: as a network of islands stretching over a water landscape, and use the notion of an archipelago as a tool for defining urban areas, and propose how to strengthen local communities and their identity.

Below are the urban islands identified by the students with a brief description of their main issues.

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