Frontside at Lund Källby is a new compact urban district with mixed use environment and active public space facing rich natural landscapes with many sports and recreational activities.

Lund Källby – it is a locally and regionally connected district, where the train station, road network and hierarchy of public spaces provide a robust framework. The rest of the urban fabric is an area for self-organization, democratic process and community interaction. City users and contributors define design and function of the district by varying and adapting intelligent urban block rules.

Highest quality of the ever changing district is its dense front side edge looking to the vast landscapes – unique natural resource of Lund.

Framework of public space and connections

Framework of strategic infrastructure such as train station, main streets, and major public spaces with distinctive character is provided by Lund municipality to develop the new city district. Station lies at the heart of the district and acts as a new meeting point in southwest Lund as well as an attractive location in Öresunds region. 3.5 million inhabitants, 2 international airports, 5 major cities within commuting distance makes perfect conditions for high density of people and activities in the district: business, recreational and residential. The station itself, buildings around it and new streets add missing links between east and west side of the rail and reduce segregation between different parts of the city at the same time creating immediate access to the rich natural landscape.

Network of public spaces create recreational routes and form new connections between key locations, places of interest and activities. They increase integration of different parts of the city, gather diverse urban functions and create vital spaces for public interaction. The major public axis, Arena boulevard connects Lund historical centre with the new station and the wetlands park.

Self organization of intelligent urban blocks

Self organized urban blocks fill the district with a mixture of housing typologies and shared activities. City provides the framework and the set of intelligent urban block rules, which ensure public interest, density and diversity in the new district.  By collaborating, using and adapting the rules, citizens take active role in planning and city building. Various stakeholders such as inhabitants, inhabitant cooperatives, housing companies, sport clubs, companies, commerces not only create the dense and divers urban fabric themselves but also are defining the content and contributing to the public space.

Water landscapes

Water is a key element in the new landscapes park along the Höje creek. Lund is a city that doesn’t have large areas of water, therefore the Källby wetlands park becomes a major recreational area for all the citizens. Furthermore, marshes act as an important ecological area and attract wide diversity of bird species.

Project site is at the city’s lowest point; therefore city’s storm and rain water is captured in public space and is streamed towards the wetlands park. New lakes and marshes in the park become open reservoirs, where special plantation purifies the water. People like to see, hear and feel the water; therefore streams, puddles, pools and fountains attract visitors all year long. Walking, running, cycling and horse riding paths are provided in the park. They link leisure activities, such as playgrounds, picnic areas, city beach, sport grounds, allotments gardens and bird watching towers. While offering activities all year round the park also greatly improves summer experience of the whole Lund.  And all this rich Lund landscape and active recreational area can be reached directly from the new Lund Källby train station. offering activities all year round.


Title: Frontside
Prize: Special mention in Europan 13 competition
Location:  Lund, Sweden
Date: 2015
Site area: 520 ha
Team: Tadas Jonauskis, Džiugas Lukoševičius, Justina Muliuolytė,  Edita Gumauskaitė, Justina Sakalauskaitė
EUROPAN: more about the competition