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Stockholm city block to get linked rooftop gardens

16 Jun 15 One of Sweden’s largest property investors is to build rooftop walkways connecting a whole city block in Stockholm to create a high-level garden.

The initiative will connect the multiple buildings that make up the €350m Urban Escape Stockholm development.

Urban Escape Rooftop is a 3,450m2 public garden space that will sit above and connect the rooftops of Urban Escape Stockholm which occupies an entire city block. It will open up access to the roofs of three major 10-storey office buildings, connected by approximately 100m2 of glass walkways.

Urban Escape Stockholm is AMF Fastigheter’s 130,000m2 mixed-use refurbishment and redevelopment project, comprising buildings for offices, retail, leisure and hotels. 

Developer AMF Fastigheteraims to unlock access to space that would otherwise remain redundant and to enhance the appeal of the office development below. As well as public space and viewing platforms, the rooftop will incorporate a restaurant, kitchen garden and spaces for private meetings and cultural events.

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One of the driver’s for the development is AMF Fastigheter’s latest research project with the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) to demonstrate the intrinsic link between the use of outdoor spaces in corporate environments and increased wellbeing and productivity.

AMF Fastigheter Chief Development Officer Karolin Forsling said: “People are the beating heart of buildings and cities and they are the focus of the concept for Urban Escape Stockholm. We know that people need to feel connected, to interact, to be part of something and to have the freedom and space to share ideas. Urban Escape Rooftop will give them just that – it will take advantage of what would have otherwise been neglected space and make Urban Escape Stockholm a truly mixed-use multi-level development that can be enjoyed and is open to all, not just its occupiers.”

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