The program and consequent built fabric of the Stockholm meat packing district defines a characteristic which makes it distinct from other areas within the city. Through the site’s proximity to the stadiums and shopping in the Globen area it has potential to play a more public role in the city and develop new programs which invigorate the surrounding suburbs as well as becoming a destination for the city as a whole. To maintain the area’s special personality, its sense of place, the current quality of food production should be nurtured and enhanced. The site is currently quite hostile and vehicle dominated. It could be thought of as one large road or parking lot in which vehicles are free to roam: a ‘concrete carpet’. Buildings are then placed onto this carpet but there is little provision for the pedestrian. The areas of safety for the pedestrian are either inside the buildings or on the raised platforms from which goods are loaded to and from trucks. If a public program is to develop on the site it must be made accessible to the pedestrian. Using the forms already present on the site it is possible to allow this pedestrian movement onto the site while respecting the existing character. Expanding the raised loading platforms to span between buildings and address other programs rather than trucks creates new safe zones for pedestrian movement. This small intervention allows new programs to be imagined in the surrounding buildings which relate to pedestrian movement rather than vehicular. To enhance the existing program a ‘Food University’ is imagined on this area of the site with related functions such as restaurants, recipe library and student accommodation adjoining. These new possibilities for eating now catered for on the site allow an interaction with the public events that will take place in the adjacent globen area. A new wholesale shop adjacent to the university encourages the establishment of small portable food service units. Their portability allows them to be sent out into the city to widen the market for the on site catering providers and spread the word about the new food district. The trucks now leaving the site are no longer going solely to the distributors but directly to the consumer.
1. The concrete carpet 2. Pedestrian occupation
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