Residential quarters in some parts of the area will be given a denser, elevated and varied urban structure than is otherwise the case in Stockholm. All ground-floor levels will be open and will house shops, restaurants and cafés. Several of the buildings will also include preschools and apartments for assisted living. Exterior colour schemes will echo the typical colour scale that is characteristic of many of Stockholm’s rendered facades, while colours on office buildings will differ from those on residential buildings.
The first residents in Hagastaden moved in during the fall of 2017. In Hagastaden several new streets and quarters will be created, with names that have been inspired by science and research. Many streets have been named after female pioneers in research, education and healthcare. In public art, science will be represented in works inspired by the theme ‘the building blocks of life’.
Hagastaden will feature a number of signature buildings that will give the district a distinctive character. Aula Medica and the new premises for Karolinska University Hospital are already complete. Towards the end of the project period, a large round building will be erected in front of Karolinska University Hospital at Hagaplan. Two tower blocks, Norra Tornen, will be built at Torsplan. The first tower block, Innovationen (125 metres), will be ready for occupancy by 2018, and the neighbouring Helix (110 metres) will be completed in 2019. The buildings have been designed by architects Rem Koolhaas and Reinier de Graaf of OMA – currently one of the world’s most influential architectural firms.