We suggest a green mixed town, in which existing properties are integrated with new ones. The large urban blocks are subdivided into smaller properties, with several varied house types – everything from detached homes and terraced houses with their own patch of garden to student accommodation in a high-rise building. The aim is to have a rich diversity of housing, people and activities.
We have endeavoured to achieve a more integrated town fabric, more than handling yet another enclave.
/ Sara Grahn
We also weighed up the value of the Roslagsbanan railway line and propose that the present station should be developed into a full-scale travel centre. The proposal also introduces ideas about the link to Täby town centre, direct trains to Arlanda, etc.
A new square is also to be created at the heart of the urban district, containing shops and other businesses. Pre-schools, sheltered housing for the elderly and student accommodation are also included in the programme. Our winning proposal also included a completely new art gallery and a new town park. We want to use the beautiful old municipal building from the 1950s as the heart of this urban district and to turn it into a local cultural centre.
One major challenge will be managing noise from the surrounding traffic. The solution we have come up with is to site higher buildings as a "protective ridge" to the north and thereby form acoustic shields against the railway tracks and the traffic on Enhagsvägen, while the domestic gardens will also be sunlit, verdant oases around the inner, lower buildings. A tested, efficient way of creating calm residential environments in urban areas with many green features including orangeries, terraces and green roofs. Roslags-Näsby also has a carefully prepared sustainability programme with the aim of achieving "excellent" in the BREEAM Communities environmental classification system.
"The proposal presents a robust, sustainable structure that is achievable and can be developed, and which makes it possible to create a richly varied environment over time. The proposal is sustainable ecologically, economically and socially," was the observation of the jury, comprising politicians and civil servants from Täby Municipality as well as representatives of the Swedish Association of Architects.
A total of 39 teams took part in the pre-qualification process, four of which were selected for the final round. Apart from White, it was between the Danish practices of the Bjarke Ingels Group and Adept, and Nyréns from Sweden. In the end, it was White's proposal that convinced the competition jury.