Foster + Partners led team wins Stockholm Central Station competition

Stockholm Central Station

The integrated team led by Foster + Partners in collaboration with Marge Arkitekter has been revealed as winners of the competition for the development of Stockholm Central Station in Stockholm today. Located at the heart of the city, Stockholm Central Station is Sweden’s largest transportation hub. Originally opened in 1871, the historic station now caters to more passengers than it was originally designed for.

Future plans to increase the number of trains coming into the city are set to catalyse the reinvention of Stockholm’s central heart. The new district, largely built over the existing tracks, will re-link the surrounding streets to create an active, friendly, and safe public realm that will stitch together the east and west sides of the city, improving passenger connections across Stockholm, without impacting the historic skyline.

The masterplan will create a brand-new public square, allowing the new station precinct to become a natural part of the urban fabric. Inspired by the scale and colours of the Klara blocks, the design builds on the existing streetscape of the city to create a dynamic district for a range of mixed-use functions. It also offers an active public realm and better connectivity with clear wayfinding.

The design recreates the historic Station Railway Park on the southern tip. With spectacular views over the old town of Gamla stan, Södermalm and the City Hall, it will be a new green meeting place in the city centre. By narrowing Klarabergsgatan Viaduct and reducing traffic flow, the proposals create a natural extension of the historic central waiting hall.

The entrance hall will combine the new and historic parts of the station, linking the central station platforms, City Terminal Buses and Arlanda Express Trains. The proposals also seek to realign the new central tunnel with Klarabergsgatan to create a subterranean east-west link across the site.

The design allows for the possibility of extending the tunnel to provide a below ground connection through to the Citybanan in the future. The tunnel will then connect the extended platforms of the Central Station, Arlanda Express and the Bus Station in the City Terminal, bringing together four modes of transport to create a single intermodal station.

A new centralised Logistics Centre could also be positioned to the west of the tracks, where goods and refuge can be serviced directly, without disturbing the public realm above. The project, which involves covering the track area and doubling passenger capacity in Sweden’s most central location, is scheduled for planning consultations in 2023.

The winning design, put forward by the team which includes LAND Arkitektur, Thornton Tomasetti, Ramboll, Wenanders and TAM Group, will bring several modes of transport together in a single integrated transport hub, while prioritising pedestrian flows and creating a new mixed-use urban district. Source and images Courtesy of Foster + Partners.