The relocation of Kiruna is a gigantic project, which raises both the concerns and expectations of Kiruna’s more than 20,000 inhabitants. It also represents a unique opportunity to transform the city into something new and sustainable. Success requires a common vision for the future and together with Ghilardi + Hellsten Arkitekter, White Arkitekter has developed a development plan for Kiruna’s step-by-step move. The goal is to create a sustainable city with a more diverse economy, which is not as dependent on the world market for iron ore.
A more compact city centre, equipped with new meeting places and cultural facilities, will promote public life and enable a mixed population to thrive. Kiruna has the fastest growing share of small businesses in Sweden and now there is a great demand for new homes. New homes will be built, in addition to the 3,000 homes to be replaced and moved. By 2033, the current city centre will be decommissioned while a new one has emerged three kilometres east.