Last week was a little introduction to a series of posts about my summer adventures in (part) of Scandinavia. This week, we head 400km east to Malmö, Sweden’s third largest city.
Barometergarten is a residential street and in common with large parts of the city, the lines between the road and the footway is blurred, being on a level surface, although the footway area is protected by parking bays entering the street from the larger roads around it, you’ll see a “home zone” type sign where cars are the guest. As you move deeper in the development, the space becomes a network of pedestrian priority streets where access is presumably allowed to residents’ parking bays and for servicing.
As you can see in the photos above and below, there is parking going on, but it’s cycles in the majority. Cycling round this little enclave it became apparent just how quiet it was (although kids were at school at the time).
The space is broken up with planting and hard features to ensure that anyone driving in (and indeed cycling in) do so slowly and we have the feel of a courtyard. There is very little parking and it tends to be associated with the houses rather than the flats – I’m not sure there is much other parking around, but frankly, being 2km from the city does make lots of car ownership pretty pointless. You can see a garage within a house in the photo below.
Another feature of the development which struck me was the surface water management system which starts with downpipes and surface water being directed into little rills (see photo below in front of the pink house).
The rills then connect to larger basins full of plants (two photos below).
Eventually, it all connects to a larger canal within the development (below).
The water then finds its way into the sea via a weir at one end of the development and a canal link to the beach (below).