Friday, May 07, 2010

Gasworks to become cluster for culture

STOCKHOLM. Sweden’s next showcase for sustainable urban development, the Stockholm Royal Seaport in the outskirts of the capital, will also become a cluster for culture and entertainment.
The plans have been discussed for several years, but yesterday it was announced that the City of Stockholm will invest some 170 million Swedish Crowns (17 million Euro) in the project. An old gasworks (right) designed by famous architect Ferdinand Boberg more than a hundred years ago will be turned into a centre for culture and entertainment. The main stage will host international events in several art forms, from opera and ballet to concerts and contemporary circus.
The scene is expected to be opened in 2013, but there have been delays in the prestigious development.
Stockholm Royal Seaport (called Norra Djurgårdstaden in Swedish) is one of only 17 urban development projects world wide to be part of a new Climate Positive Development Program set up by former U.S. President Bill Clinton and his foundation (read more here).
Work is beginning on the first part of the development. When it is finished it will house 30,000 residents just a few minutes away from central Stockholm.

Copyright: Nyréns Arkitektkontor/Internationell scen i gasverket
From gasworks to artworks; a new scene for culture in the Swedish capital.

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