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How we are working to develop our airport cities

A large international airport is built roughly like a large city in terms of structures that divide the area – road systems, mass transit, large business thoroughfares, bridges and districts.

Building an airport city

Airport cities are now taking shape at both Stockholm Arlanda Airport and Göteborg Landvetter Airport and are being developed into sustainable urban districts for commerce, creativity, meetings and work. An airport city places high demands on multifunctional city spaces. It is in these shared city spaces, in the life going on between buildings, that the area being developed can be transformed into a city with the variety of activities, flows, people, products and services found in every city district. These places, once governed by passenger needs and flows, will take on new movement patterns and target groups with different priorities and paces of living.

Urban development in practice

The life of a city over the course of a day depends on there being both workplaces and residences incorporated in the city fabric. Business travel, commuting, meetings and work – which all mostly take place during daylight hours – are supplemented with a variety of restaurants and events for the general public. A well-planned cityscape includes a mixture of intense places for restaurants and services as well as meditative places for rest, recreation and waiting. Then add to this features, such as art installations, that enhance the airport experience.

Streets and road networks

Streets constitute the backbone of a city's development. With networks of streets, well-lit stretches of space are created which in turn provide people with an overview, enable them to find their way and give them a sense of security both during the day and at night. This system of city streets is supplemented by clear signs and information displays.

Important meeting places

The city squares and open areas constitute the most important meeting places in the area. Public buildings face the city and feature smaller squares in front of their entrances. They create space and experiences in the city and also provide attractive locations for commercial and other operations.

Stockholm Arlanda Airport

Stockholm Arlanda shall be developed not only into Scandinavia's leading airport but also into a sustainable city district that opens people's eyes to what an airport can be – something much more than flows and airplanes. The objective is to be the leading airport in Scandinavia and a full-fledged, unique city district by 2050. Two growing cities, Stockholm and Uppsala, will be linked and extended all the way into a hub connected to the rest of the world. That is what makes Stockholm Arlanda unique as an urban development project.

Target image for Stockholm Arlanda Airport

  • We are building a city and an airport – Stockholm Arlanda is being developed into a sustainable, full-fledged city district for commerce, creativity, meetings, work and experiences.
  • We have long-range plans for expansion – Stockholm Arlanda will grow rapidly and over a long period; more and more people will meet at, work at and travel through Stockholm Arlanda.
  • We are creating mass transit that links areas.
  • We are creating meeting places – flexible, centrally-located, open places for creating and meetings between people.

Would you like to know more about our specific real estate projects?
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