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Lund tramway, Source: City of Lund

Lund’s tramway receives the Architecture Award 2021

Lund’s tramway receives the Architecture Award 2021

The Swedish city has been recognised for the ‘seemingly impossible task’ of fitting a tramway in its historic city centre

At the Swedish Architects’ Architecture Gala on 7 April, the Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket) awarded Lund’s tramway (Spårvägen) the Architecture Award 2021. According to the jury, the tramway – which runs from the historic city centre to the new research facility ESS in Brunnshög – is an example of how a public transport facility can become an urban building element that extends the city without creating barriers.

“The tramway in Lund has succeeded in a seemingly impossible task, to fit rail-bound public transport in a city centre with high cultural-historical values, via new development areas and out to the new research facility ESS. It was a brave decision to invest in the tramway, but I also want to emphasise the importance of the architectural work that was crucial for the good end result,” shared Johan Folkesson, landscape architect and chairman of the jury.

Characteristics

Inspired by modern European tramway stations, Lund’s tramway combines aesthetics, safety, and function. What is more, it takes into consideration the design and layout of the city’s public spaces, ensuring that the public transport facility can fit into the urban landscape in a way that raises its aesthetic qualities.

On its website, the Swedish city reports that the tramway consists of a 5.5-kilometre-long double track and features 9 stops: Lund C, University Hospital, LTH, Ideontorget, Telefonplan, Solbjer, Brunnshögstorget, MAX IV and ESS. Travelling at an average speed of 21.5 kilometres per hour, the public transport facility can run from the first to the final stop in about 14.5 minutes. 

Taking this further, each of the trams has a unique name and is 33 metres long. Considering this length, it is not surprising that they can carry 200 passengers and, thereby, hold the same capacity as 4 city buses.  

See the gallery above for photographs of the winner of the Architecture Award 2021.

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