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"Kiruna 4 Ever" moves a step closer

"It's a dream challenge"
5:57 min

Tuesday's council vote in favour of "Kiruna 4 Ever," White Architecture's winning entry in the design contest to create a new town of Kiruna, has moved re-location plans a step closer.

Kiruna been affected by subsidence for a number of years due to an iron ore mine close to the centre.

Mikael Stenqvist , the lead architect in the project to design and build the new Kiruna, three kilometres to the north-east of its current centre, has been outlining his plans to Radio Sweden.

"It's a compact, mixed city with a close relationship to nature. That's the locals wish to be in a setting where they have a mixed city centre with a close relationship to nature because their lifestyle co-exists with the local environment". 

Mikael Stenqvist says maintaining a dialogue and involving the 18,000 residents of Kiruna in the whole planning and building process is their biggest challenge.

"It's a huge task to take advantage of people living here, to find out what they want, to hear what they are thinking".

One of the aims of the architecture firm White is to create an integrated city. Work is expected to begin next year with the building of a new town hall followed by a new train station. 

To ease the pain of upheaval, architect Mikael Stenqvist says the new Kiruna will have plenty of attractions, including swimming baths, ice-rink and sports arena.

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