Science Village Scandinavia

Strategy and development plan

  • How to develop an urban environment and dynamic neighbourhood for science and knowledge sharing on a greenfield site outside Lund?
  • Though located north-east of the city centre of Lund, the aim of the masterplan is to contribute to a stronger relationship between the City of Lund, Lund University and the newly planned science institutions MAX IV and ESS.
  • The newly planned tram line from the centre towards north-east can be a catalyst for a strong connection between green infrastructure, urban spaces and knowledge institutions as well as the City of Lund and SVS.
  • The strategy will frame a new 'knowledge axis' in Lund, gathering knowledge-intensive enterprises, university functions and science insitutions in a mixed urban environment.
  • Science Village Scandinavia, being part of this strategic development, will be an important urban anchor of the 'knowledge axis', developed between ESS - the world's most powerful proton accelerator, and MAX IV - an accelerator for synchrotron radiation research.
  • The new development for SVS is perceived as an urban framework and mixed urban environment between MAX IV and ESS.
  • The planned tram line connects SVS with the City of Lund through a continuous urban development. The heart of SVS is planned as an 'Expo environment' framing the overlapping of green infrastructure and a green corridor between MAX IV and ESS.
  • The area takes shape as an urban grid interlocking with each other to prevent wind tunnels from the surrounding open fields. Along the green corridor, building plots are playfully tilting for a variation of spaces and integration of urban and green.
  • The infrastructure is organised as a central loop framing a core area of the development and giving easy acces to both highway and local roads from the entire plan.
  • Existing village structures are preserved as authentic pockets. Together with the Expo Plaza and a number of new pocket parks they become a network of meeting places and urban spaces for the coming Science Village.
  • A dynamic 'energy landscape' frames the urban development as a dynamic green buffer for water cleansing, urban gardening and other ecological test fields for experiments of locally sustaining the Science Village.
  • The tram line, green corridor and village path interconnect and create a hierachy of urban spaces, shaping a spatial urban and green network for the development of SVS.
  • The masterplan for Science Village Scandinavia.
  • Model photo showing the urban shape of SVS and the connection to MAX IV and ESS.
  • The Expo Pavilion marking the central node of the plan.
  • The Expo Pavilion. An experimental platform and exhibition venue for science, innovation and breakthroughs.
  • The Expo Pavilion and Expo Plaza.
  • Section through the Expo Pavilion and Expo Plaza.
  • Section through the Expo Pavilion and Expo Plaza.
  • The green corridor mingles through the urban structure.
  • Taking advantage from the excess heat of ESS, hot pools are established in the green corridor, creating an exciting scenery for new meetings between scientists, students and professionals.
  • Section where the landscape meets the city.
  • Section where the landscape meets the city.
  • The energy landscape works as a test field for green technlogies and new social hotspots.
  • Science City Scandinavia. A global attraction and new regional hub for science and innovation.

The project for Science Village Scandinavia (SVS) is based on a large scale urban strategy for the City of Lund and Lund University to co-develop with one another through a knowledge axis. This knowledge axis connects the historic centre and university areas with the new urban development area at SVS. The large scale connection of the two overlaps with a green corridor, linking in the science institutions MAX IV and ESS through the central node of SVS, while framing a focal point for the entire area. SVS is furthermore developed within a dynamic framework of an ‘energy landscape’, working as a green test field and spatial element of the urban development. 

Vanessa Carlow contributed to the project as part of COBE in Copenhagen.

Lund, Sweden