White participated in the planning process for the urban district and also created ten neighbourhoods, containing our own offices, for example. Much of our leading position in environmental and sustainability issues originates from Hammarby Sjöstad, the many commissions for which have contributed to our expertise within the environmental field.
Hammarby Sjöstad has become an international prototype within environmental and sustainable development. The whole urban district has been planned and built on the basis of a strict cyclical philosophy, as an urban district that is economical on resources and adapted for the environment. When it comes to environmental impact, Hammarby Sjöstad is intended to be twice as good as conventional new-builds.
The multi-occupancy buildings designed by White in the Lugnvattnet and Holmen neighbourhoods in Hammarby Sjöstad have been environmentally adapted, also including solar panels and building materials with low emissions. The Holmen neighbourhood won first prize in the City of Stockholm's eco-competition in the year 2000, the same year that the Lysande eco-building in the Lugnvattnet neighbourhood won third prize in the same competition for its radical reduction of energy consumption. Grand slam for White, but with the environment as the winner in the long run.
We have acted as eco-coordinator on several of the district's construction projects, including one for the Svenska Bostäder housing company in the Farvattnet neighbourhood at Sickla Udde, Forsen in Hammarby Gård, Snickeriet in Sjöstadsporten, and Persikan in the north of Hammarby Sjöstad.
White formulated guidelines, in collaboration with the environmental administration in Stockholm, for eco-adapted choices of material, as an important part of the environmental programme.