Hammarby Sjöstad ”the full story” Introduction


This section gives background on Hammarby Sjöstad and provides basic insight into what makes it an exemplary example of sustainable development.

Throughout the years, a number of worldwide cities have adapted different strategies to develop sustainable urban areas. Hammarby Sjöstad was one of the first projects that took the concept of sustainable development to a higher level.

Sjöstaden, as it is called by the Stockholmers, is seen as a pilot project setting the stage for areas being developed afterwards e.g. The Royal Seaport, a newly developed area within the Stockholm boundary. There are three major concepts from Hammarby Sjöstad that significantly informed its development strategy:

  1. “Twice as good” Environmental Goals: Establishing the strong environmental goal of making everything “twice as good” in order to push the development’s sustainability objectives;
  2. Environmental Load Profile: Creating the Environmental Load Profile (ELP), which allows formonitoring and gives feedback on the environmental performance of the built environment;
  3. The Hammarby Model: Basing the project on the Hammarby Model, which uses resources in acyclical loop, ensuring that the system is based on a life-cycle assessment and maximizes renewable resources usage. Read more…