Farsta constitutes one of the focal points of Stockholm and is facing significant development. The district is set to double its population, and new residential areas will be directed towards the two lakes; Lake Magelungen and Lake Drevviken. As part of the new housing development, the district’s public spaces intends to be strengthened. Along the shores of Lake Drevviken, there is currently beautiful natural land with high ecological values as part of an important oak-biotope.
This natural land is being developed into new park areas and recreational paths, which ensures unbroken ecological connections. The pedestrian paths in the park have been handled based on different hierarchies. A main gravel path with granite retaining walls elevates the walk through the nature in its lower-lying parts. Wooden boardwalks form secondary paths where the wetland areas of nature can now be playfully accessed.
Within the district, LAND has been involved in the development of three public spaces: Klockelund, Karlsvik, and Perstorp.
Drevviken Beach park is part of a larger recreational network. It is located at the intersection of two important recreational pathways: Farsta Path, which connects Lake Magelungen to Lake Drevviken through Farsta center, and the one-mile-long beach promenade that runs between the nature reserves of Flaten and Ågesta. Drevviken Beach Park is being developed based on the high natural and cultural values found in the area.
The area around Klockelund connects to planned residential buildings with approximately 500 residences, a small square, and new streets. Based on existing biotopes, new park areas are being created, where existing vegetation characters are strengthened. Wetlands with alder marches are made accessible, and rocky areas with pine and oak are enhanced and made accessible with views overlooking Lake Drevviken and new open fields for recreation. The park includes five new areas: Torpträdgården, Bryggan, Hagmarken, Plantskolan, and Vägskälet which together creates different characters and activities that are shaped by the cultural history and context of the site. The heart of the park is located around the site a former croft, where the garden has been highlighted and the old garden remains have been reinforced with new perennial plantings. The site has become a new meeting place where the remaining stone foundation and added logs, which not only outlines the historical floor plan but also form seatings for visitors. A memory of the place’s cultural history.
In the same spirit as the historic Stockholm Style, park spaces are being carved out with great respect for the existing nature and its conditions on site. The natural environment has become accessible, where all its characters now can be visited; oak hills with wood anemones, wetlands with alder and willow bushes, rock fields with pine trees. The water space is also accessible by a walkway that passes through the reeds along the shoreline to a large circular dock where the inner water space in the circle displays the lake’s water lilies.
Drevviken Beach park is a good example of how we in modern time can work with public space that connects to the historic term of Stockholm as “Beauty on Water”. It´s a development of the term that can help us with the great question of our time with climate change and decreasing biodiversity to find a resilient design for the future.
Location: Klockelundsvägen 5, 123 63 Farsta, Stockholm
Design year: 2015-2019
Year Completed: 2020