Thorbjörn Andersson with Sweco architects: Hyllie plaza is a city square, designed as a stylized beech forest which is put in a floor of high finish. 28 grown-up beech trees have been planted in 12 slits cut into solid granite. To get the sensitive tree species of beech thrive in such artificial condition, the sub terrain of the plaza was made into a research project resulting in a very large structural soil which also includes pumice, mycorrhiza and charcoal. The trees have been grouped to create clearings in the forest with a number of seating serving as social spots. 16 meters up in the air, 1800 meters of steel wires equipped with 2800 LED diodes create a digital sky in night time. The digital sky is programmed in 7 scenarios, including one for every new season.
Project Location: Malmö, Sweden
Landscape Architect: Thorbjörn Andersson with Sweco architects
Design Team: Johan Krikström, Marianne Randers, PeGe Hillinge.
Soil design: Örjan Ståhl.
Plant expert: Rune Bengtsson.
Consultant lighting design: Niklas Ödmann, Black light design.
Area: 14 000 sqm
Time of completion: 2010
Investment: 10,5 million euro
Client: City of Malmö