Stockholm Bypass (Förbifart Stockholm) is the new highway linking the southern and the northern parts of Stockholm, planned to be open in 2020. The major part of the project – 17 of the 21 kilometres – consists of tunnels. The length of the tunnels requires extra care in designing a safe and attractive environment.
Early conceptual sketches are now interpreted by researchers in behavioural science and traffic safety in cooperation with Rotstein Arkitekter, the architects in charge of the tunnel design. Daylight illumination in the tunnels, optical guidance based on curvature and designed underground domes (working as lungs with fresh air and natural light) are creating continuous flows and unique landmarks.
An early stage of the design concept is now featured in this autumn’s main exhibition at the Swedish Museum of Architecture, spotlighting infrastructure – road and rail traffic – and its connection with urban planning.
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