The transformation of Gjuteriet in Malmö, designed by Kjellander Sjöberg for Varvsstaden, has been completed. Focused on the intensive re-use of repurposed materials, the project demonstrates how existing buildings can be reimagined based on circular principles. Formerly a ruin, the distinctive building has been given a vibrant new life as an active and social new urban place telling a multifaceted story about the port’s rich maritime heritage.
Varvsstaden is a major regeneration
project in Malmö transforming the
old shipyards into a sustainable new
district. The historic Gjuteriet
foundry building is a key landmark
in the area representing Malmö’s
emergence as an industrial city. The
project is both about the
reinvention of the building and its
wider environment. Kjellander
Sjöberg have developed a program
with maximum social, local and
environmental benefits which bring
to life an active new public realm
along the adjacent quay, dry dock
and inner basin. This new focal
point in Malmö will kick start the
regeneration of the Varvsstaden
district which is fast evolving into
an exciting new mixed-use
neighbourhood with homes, workplaces
and a new fine arts campus for the
University of Lund.
Gjuteriet is a new inspiring and experiential company headquarters for Oatly. It’s an informal, open, authentic workplace built around social meeting and communal spaces - it is also creative, collaborative and activity based – a reflection of the shared values of its users. The ground floor is a generous shared realm that will invite the public to a cafe, restaurant, foyer and exhibition space.
The overarching project ethos placed an acute emphasis on resource preservation and a minimal carbon footprint; what can be built within planetary boundaries, what materials were already available to achieve the most sustainable outcomes?
Gjuteriet | Kjellander Sjöberg Arkitektkontor (kjellandersjoberg.se)
Release: Kjellander Sjöberg, Stockholm
March 3, 2023