Ikeam, The Swedish Landscape
The new meeting place is one of the largest urban interventions in the southern Sweden.
This ambitious project is located in Älmhult, a small, quiet town without many daytime or evening activities. The IKEA culture and values have their roots here, and this “Legacy of Småland” is built into the IKEA way of doing things.
After analysing the city scheme, a physical and emotional disconnection with Älmhult was identified, as well as a lack of a leisure anchor to attract new residents and enhance the lives of the local people. Our ambition was to create the hub of all Småland.
The main objectives were to create a large-scale pole of attraction that would bring life to Älmhult and connect existing IKEA businesses with the city through a new offer of activities where different feelings and emotions could take place.
All the intervention, with an approximate area of 55000 sq/m, is inspired by the Swedish landscape where different uses, such as sports areas, playgrounds, parks and squares merge into one unique place. The transition from the city centre culminates in the main area, where a large iconic landmark, inspired by traditional Swedish architecture, is located.