Cultural Masterplanning with EGA Architecture

Project Type: Local DNA Mapping

Collaboration with Swedish/French architects EGA continues. Some examples of projects that Lia Ghilardi contributed creative ideas to include the regeneration of Nyhamnen, a neighbourhood adjacent to the central station of Malmö (Sweden). Our team’s approach to the regeneration of this large former industrial part of the city was to first gain a deeper understanding of the broader local cultural context (e.g. its history, topography, geography, demography, social ecology and urban fabric) and then to brainstorm with local stakeholders (through a system of charrettes) potential scenarios for future development.

Malmö is Sweden’s most diverse and cosmopolitan city, and our final submission was developed around the guiding principles of diversity and inter-culturality, using food as a way of both socialising and creating new economic opportunities. Thus, our proposal included many ideas for the creation of intercultural public spaces (such as markets, squares, leisure-focused waterfronts, and visitors’ attractions such as the ‘house of cultures’) as well as intergenerational housing, multiuse public buildings and community gardens.

Together we also worked on the proposal for a new travel centre and public space in the city of Jönköping in Sweden. The philosophy behind the EGA design proposal was to establish a connection between the city and its surrounding nature and lakes. This link was created through the use of a light and playful wooden canopy structure, partly transparent and open to the city on one side and to the lake on the other. The matchstick-like quality of the canopy paid homage to the city’s past as the matchstick capital of Sweden while at the same time capturing the atmosphere of confidence and creativity present in this entrepreneurial city.

More recently we worked on proposals for the waterfront regeneration of Varberg, a municipality in Halland County, in southwest Sweden, known as Northern Europe’s windsurfers’ paradise. The key concept behind our proposal was to make the most of water sports and other activities (e.g. by creating an exciting floating pier and a water park), and also by supporting local talent and innovation through the implementation of a dedicated ‘creative avenue’ with new spaces for co-working, incubating, networking and meeting.


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