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Accessible Seafront

In activating the seafront citizens as well as visitors will be able to enjoy close contact to the water along all of the new shoreline. This shoreline will be for pedestrians and non-motorized vehicles only and offers an array of different spaces.

The existing city is connected to the new canal city through the extension of the inner city streets. While streets are prolonged into the harbor to bring the people there, canals are dug to bring the water closer to the existing town and the people.



Instead of walking from the central station over bridges and along the canals toward the canal city it is also possible to take buses which run along the traffic streets in the core of the canal city or one can also enjoy a ride on the new boat-bus service going from central station to the mountain-view park and from there further direction Skåne. In the last stage it might also be possible to take the train from Lund or Malmö directly to the heart of the new canal city.

The private traffic goes along the same roads as the buses and parking is offered either as street parking or in parking houses. Separate bike paths are offered along the inner core roads as well as along the shoreline.

Climate Change Adaption

As a harbor city the future sea level rise is the biggest concern for Trelleborg. In order to deal with it our project focuses on different strategies. To the western side where there is a natural beach (along Strandridaregatan) a biorock - mussel breakwater will be created along the new jetty. It does not only handle the force of the waves but also deals with the water pollution and in the end results in cleaner and less smelly water while providing a habitat for different species of sea life. Between beach and road a dam will be raised to protect the hinterland from high waters.

The Inner harbor also has a hard edge but here the land is raised with the material from the canal dug outs to overall 3m above sea level. The hard edge in some places has steps down to the water in order to make it more accessible.


Run-off water from heavy rains is dealt with at the end of the canals and in the green park areas within the canal city. The idea is to give the water some space inside the area where possible (green spaces) and then guide it to the canals where it goes through different planted basins/steps in order to clean the water before reaching the ocean. The focus lays on the runoff water coming from the streets/roofs in the existing-and the canal city.

While the workshops help to develop and try ideas the adaptable ground floors provide the space where a businesses can start off. The idea is to have two story high ground floors which offer enough space and freedom to plan for small production lines, for food processing, for a restaurant/bar to work with nice interior design or for hotels/offices to design a reception area. Free and spacious ground floors are flexible


Productive City

Around the inner harbor basin 5 workshops are spread out. The workshops offer machines and room for production as well as expert advice. Locals, students, teachers, product designers, companies, … have the possibility to get introductions to the machines and can afterwards book them online with or without an expert that could help them. The idea is to make new production methods easily accessible and to help people creatively solve problems, develop products and be creative as well as connect people from different backgrounds. The workshops are all easily accessible by boat or public transport. Each of them has a different focus: There is the mechanical workshop dealing with engines and bike repair. The craftsmen workshop dealing with woodworking, plumbing, steel processing and craft with other materials like textiles, glass and plastics. The energy workshop focusing on renewable energies and besides having a workshop for electricity also includes knowledge transfer from the local “Biogas Center of excellence”. The workshop would also offer space for researchers working on related topics. Furthermore there is a “new technologies” workshop which offers 3d-printing, laser cutting and other new production possibilities. Last but not least there is a workshop dealing with climate change adaption, phytoremediation (phytomining) and environmental sciences. Here, knowledge transfer as well as practical advice when it comes to soil-pollution and sea level rise is offered. Research is also conducted. The workshops are run by professionals in the relevant field and could be partially subsidized by the city and partially be run as a business. The workshops offer an easy access to developing new businesses and make it easier for people to try their ideas. They can be understood as business accelerators. 


(New) Identity

With the Trelleborgen, the water tower, the palm-festival and the many associations Trelleborg already offers a variety of cultural activities which are part of the local identity. The new Sea City wants to add to this identity. The old harbor which has been an important part of the Trelleborg history will become publicly accessible and add to the cultural environment. It is important to keep some of the buildings to make history visible (silos, big industrial halls) as well as fill them with activities like sports, production-workshops and etc. The palm trees will be housed in the new botanical garden during winter in order to show them to people.  The idea is to integrate the new part of town through events organized by associations and a cultural loop connecting all the existing major sights with the new ones in the harbor.

Complement the existing identity (water tower, old castle, industrial area, and harbor) with a new accessible harbor area.

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