Lilla Tellus masterplan

Stockholm’s Telefonplan was a district dominated by the Swedish telecomms giant, Ericsson. Combined with new housing and public spaces, Lilla Tellus will be a new urban district; new, yet familiar, and rich with living history that retrofits existing heritage buildings and preserves imprints of the original masterplan.

Fast facts

In an area of over 100,000 sqm, Lilla Tellus will preserve and re-adapt buildings of significant historic value while developing contemporary new attributes. A total of six blocks, ten new buildings, 1,100 new homes, approximately 400 commercial units, 4,000 bicycle parking spaces, car pool services, pre-school day care, cafés and a central community pavilion, all contribute to the densification of the greater Stockholm area. These built elements are underpinned by an integrated mobility infrastructure that merges pedestrian footpaths, cycling and vehicle transportation as shared surfaces, strengthening connections to adjacent neighbourhoods.

Money can´t buy history, or atmosphere.

Client: Alm Equity, Scanprop Development AB
Stockholm, Sweden
Completion expected 2036
Area: 100,000 sqm
Apartments: 1000
Visuals: White View

A desirable neighbourhood

By offering a wide choice of transportation options, the carbon footprint of Lilla Tellus is greatly reduced. Well-lit pedestrian and cycling lanes, alongside several strategically placed public bicycle racks encourage residents to safely cycle or walk in the centre of town. In addition, flower beds, benches, lamp posts and other outdoor landscaping elements are designed to slow down cars travelling on Responsgatan, the main artery running through the district. The area already has a range of public transport links; these will also be supplemented by planned carpool services.

Living history

Along with the adaptive re-use of heritage building stock, many of the old Ericsson service routes have also been retained and incorporated into the new masterplan. This was to preserve a sense of neighbourhood familiarity, as well as to honour the legacy of the district’s past.

Buildings are topped by green roofs, intended for social activity and outdoor recreation.

Buildings and public spaces are configured around the main Responsgatan thoroughfare. Different forms and scales of new building are planned to enliven the streetscape; from two to thirteen storeys high. However, these new insertions are in-keeping with the character of the heritage buildings. Wherever possible, bricks from demolished older buildings will be used to clad the façades of the new, or identical stock will be sourced and matched.

Letting culture flourish

One of the main elements of Lilla Tellus is a two-floor pavilion made of metal and glass, designed to host temporary events, like pop-up shops, exhibitions or cafés. The pavilion will also be a citizen information bureau, imparting information on bicycle services and car pools. Other structures in the same material are planned throughout the district to be used for digital art installations, bringing creativity and culture to street level.

Native dawn redwoods, cherry and maple trees, willows and snowberries are planned, as well as seasonal flowerbeds, contributing to air purification and wellbeing.

An inviting public realm

The public green spaces of Responsplan and Radiusparken reference the area’s telecommunications heritage. For example, Responsplan takes the form of a SIM card, while the art installation Hallå – Swedish for ‘hello’, recall Ericsson’s influence. The public spaces share several features, lending a common neighbourhood identity. Outdoor paving consists of heavy-duty concrete and natural stone blocks, flanked by embellished friezes; these form inviting public footpaths that require low amounts of maintenance. Public spaces encourage people to play and exercise; swings, sandboxes, basketball hoops, table tennis, climbing walls and trampolines are some of the amenities available to residents to get them outdoors and moving together.

Contact & Team

Oskar Norelius

Oskar Norelius


+46 8 402 26 03

Pontus Pyk
Thomas Zaar
Milad Barosen
Sam Keshavarz
Malin Alenius
Koen Kragting
Oskar Norelius
David Alton
Viktor Nilsson
Lukas Thiel
Jakob Högberg
Petter Wesslander
Malin Rönnerfalk
Ann-Sofie Ek
Karl Tyrväinen
Josefin Norén Almén
Helena Eriksson
Jakob Almberg