Rosendal, Uppsala

Client: Uppsala municipality
Landscape Architect: Karavan
Designers: Thomas Bernstrand, Gunilla Hedlund, Peter Brandt, Mats Aldén & Tema
Completed: Ongoing

Rosendal is a new residential area near Uppsala, a university town situated to the north of Stockholm. Rosendal is close enough to the city centre to make access by bicycle easy and quick. Around 3,500 new homes are being built in Rosendal, creating a community with a broad variety of contemporary Swedish architecture.

The municipality of Uppsala’s vision for Rosendal’s future is to apply principles of ‘new urbanism’ and structure its public spaces in ways that make them people-centric and environmentally-friendly. Keywords such as variety and diversity are applied to all aspects of Rosendal’s development, principles that all suppliers and consultants are mandated to adhere to. The plan for Rosendal’s development includes building the world's first community-wide ‘Green Blue’ water treatment technology to handle rainfall and stormwater.

   “When building a city for everyone, and in this case, from the ground up, it’s important that there are a range of different activities and services that suit the community’s needs in different ways,” says Henrik Thuring, landscape architect at Karavan.

The LowBed chair by Mats Aldén and Tuben furniture group by Gunilla Hedlund on one of Rosendals rooftop terraces. Photography and film by Christoffer Skogsmo/Postnormal Productions.

The Hjorthagen furniture group, designed by Peter Brandt, is the perfect combination of traditional garden furniture and contemporary outdoor design. Photo: Christoffer Skogsmo.

The Akalla pergola and Tuben furniture group shown in one of Rosendal’s outdoor courtyards.

The Kajen park bench by Thomas Bernstrand. The seat and backrest are made with maximum comfort in mind. Their slated construction enables rain and water to run off easily.

The Tuben furniture group, designed by Gunilla Hedlund. The lightweight structure of these stackable designs gives them a breezy appearance that resonates with modern buildings and the open-air environments surrounding them.

“When build­ing a city for every­one it’s import­ant with diff­erent acti­vi­ties and ser­vices that suit the co­mmun­ity’s needs in differ­ent ways.”

Henrik Thuring, Karavan

Rosendal’s residential area has two large parks, Solvallsparken and Siegbahnsparken, each with distinctive themes and different functions. Solvallsparken is designed to encourage play and outdoor activities, with spaces for sports and training. The Four Seasons sun and rain shelters designed by Thomas Bernstrand have been installed in the park, chosen as a placemaking tools that help strengthen the park’s identity.

Siegbahnsparken offers recreation facilities and areas where wild plants can be experienced, including places where young children can take excursions. Furniture series from Nola, such as Leksand designed by Tema, were chosen to provide seating for those who want to sit in chairs or pause for a snack or a picnic.

Solvallsparken was designed to encourage play and outdoor activities, and developed with spaces for sports and physical training. Photo: Christoffer Skogsmo.

The Four Seasons sun and rain parasols designed by Thomas Bernstrand were installed in the park. They provide shelter and placemaking tools that help strengthen the park’s identity.

Siegbahnsparken offers recreational facilities and areas where wild plants can be discovered, and includes places where young children can go on short excursions.

The classic Leksand wooden chair dates back to the early 1800s, and it provided inspiration for the Leksand furniture group. The furniture was designed in a collaboration with Tema, to remain outdoors year-round and meets requirements for accessibility, comfort and durable design.

To date, Nola has provided products from eight different product groups to various sites in Rosendal. They contribute to Rosendal's diversity and suit the needs of an active urban community. Nola’s products have been installed in green spaces, parks and activity centres, as well as in urban courtyards and on roof terraces. Working collaboratively with Karavan, we have helped to create a vibrant community that is safe, accessible and sustainable in every way.