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Stockholm set to get a giant indoor park filled with plants to get people through harsh winters

It may sound unorthodox, but a complex of egg-shaped glass and timber domes filled with plants could be the answer for people seeking a green space to chill in during Stockholm’s dark winters.

A proposed new indoor park would help people to socialise during Stockholm's harsh winters. Image: Utopia Architects
A proposed new indoor park would help people to socialise during Stockholm’s harsh winters. Image: Utopia Architects

The 1500-square-metre structure has been proposed by Utopia Architects, with the aim to entice locals out of their homes to socialise during the colder months of the year. “The more crowded our cities get, the better and more public spaces we need, ” they told Lonely Planet. “This need is increasingly obvious, not only in Stockholm, but in more or less every big city in the world that is experiencing rapid densification and expansion.”

A proposed new indoor park would help people to socialise during Stockholm's harsh winters. Image: Utopia Architects
A proposed new indoor park would help people to socialise during Stockholm’s harsh winters. Image: Utopia Architects

The creators say the space could also be used as a part-time educational and entertainment venue, and it would bring warmth and a green place to hang out at times when greenery and daylight are hard to come by. The park could also help to repopulate an underused square at St. Eriksplan. There’s an eco-twist to the plan, as the idea is to channel in warm air from a nearby underground car park to keep the plants frost-free.

A proposed new indoor park would help people to socialise during Stockholm's harsh winters. Image: Utopia Architects
A proposed new indoor park would help people to socialise during Stockholm’s harsh winters. Image: Utopia Architects

While it is still just at the proposal stage, the indoor park plan with glass domes has been greeted positively by the city’s government as it fits well with its current plan to make Stockholm easier to travel around by foot. Part of this plan involves unlocking more public spaces for year-round use and making sure that no place is forbidding for pedestrians.

A proposed new indoor park would help people to socialise during Stockholm's harsh winters. Image: Utopia Architects
A proposed new indoor park would help people to socialise during Stockholm’s harsh winters. Image: Utopia Architects

“As citizens, we shouldn’t have to spend money to be able to socialise outside of our urban homes,” say Utopia Architects. “This is often the case in many inner city areas where indoor non-commercial public spaces are reduced to libraries and museums, environments that are far from optimal for socialising.”

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