The new terminal for Stockholm’s ferry connections to Finland and the Baltics will be a landmark for the new urban development Norra Djursgårdsstaden - both architecturally, recreationally and environmentally.
The terminals tectonic architecture is a homage to the shape of a moving vessel and the industrial environment - with large cranes and warehouses - that previously characterized the ports. At the same time, the terminal has an ambitious sustainable profile, characteristic of the entire development of the area. The main idea has been to create natural links between central Stockholm and the new urban area in connection with the terminal, so that city life will naturally flow into the terminal. Therefore the passenger part of the terminal is raised to be at level with the urban zone, so it is easy for both pedestrians and traffic to access. At the same time the roof of the terminal building is designed as a public park. Where a varied topography of greenery with stairs, ramps, niches, and cosy corners, invite both Stockholmers and passengers for a stroll or relaxing moments, while enjoying the view of the ferries, the archipelago, and the city skyline.
A sculptural cut in the roof creates daylight all the way down through the building enhancing the vertical flows from the harbour floor up to the top floor. Glass from floor to ceiling on each floor creates a horizontal transparency with a unique 360-degree panorama of the harbor and blurs the border between inside and outside.
Solar energy and geothermal heating/cooling are provided via the building's integrated systems, making the terminal self-sufficient in energy. Värtaterminalen will receive the environmental certification level Gold.
The inside of ferry terminal is a testament to C.F. Møller’s careful attention to daylight and pleasant indoor spaces. This focus is particularly evident in the large arrivals and departures hall. The sculptural roof of the hall draws in sunlight by day and provides stunning views of starry skies at night. Many passengers have al-ready enjoyed these views, as ferry operations began earlier this year. On Tuesday, the terminal will open for both travellers and local residents to enjoy the facility’s restaurant, port life and landscaped roof gardens.
An estimated four million people annually will pass through Värtaterminalen, travelling to and from Finland and the Baltics.
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Client: Stockholms Hamnar
Gross Floor Area: 17,100 m2
Architects: C.F. Møller Architects
Landscape: Nivå Landskapsarkitekter
Collaborators: In3prenör, Black Ljusdesign, Brandskyddslaget, Bbh Arkitekter & Ingenjörer
Lighting: Fagerhult, Insta, iGuzzini, Rebel light, Fergin
Doors and Windows: SAPA building systems
Façades: Alucubond, Schüco
Wall Panels: Gustafs, Polmans
Paving: Herrljunga, St Eriks
Ceiling: Itaab Furniture: Nola
Sunscreens: Création Baumann
Solar Cell: Benq Solar
Photography: © Adam Mørk