In the Swedish city of Halmstad, the Ernst Wigforss Plats has been transformed from a car park into an inviting urban plaza. With the Municipality of Halmstad and Teutsch landskapsarkitekter, Streetlife collaborated on the project by supplying striking Surf Isles and Podium Isles. Due to the poetic and architectonic qualities of this extraordinary square, the design was awarded the annual Byggnadsnämndens Architecture Prize last month.
The square pays homage to Ernst Wigforss, a Swedish teacher, author, linguist and former finance minister who was born in Halmstad. His theory is considered to be the foundation of Swedish social democratic values. The square’s design is a poetic representation of texts by Wigforss: the interplay of lines on the pavement represent lines of text, and, during the evening, light-emitting CorTen steel cubes illuminate laser-cut, memorable quotes displayed on the cubes.
The Podium Isles from the Streetlife Collection follow the line patterns of the paving layout. While characterised by a modest design, these podia are fitted with back and arm rests, allowing them to function as ‘urban sofas’.