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The city of Kiruna with a 100-year old history based on the mining history is facing a dramatic future. Due to the mine creating cavities and the following risk of landslides the city of Kiruna will be forced to partly move in a near future. An international competition was therefore held with the aim to find strategies how to develop sustainable strategies and a feasible process for the movement of the city.


The proposal celebrates the vast landscape and the mining history, creating a long term strategy by defining three axis that will be the framework of the future city; the mine , the forest  and the city axis.
But the project celebrates the inhabitants of Kiruna even more: Kiruna’s new city centre is a small wooden town, which is built up in a winding network structure, a city where the curiosity to discover what’s around the corner makes you want to explore the city. The new city centre is built for and by the inhabitants.

(Other participants: White Arkitekter, BIG Bjarke Ingels Group, MVRDV, COBE, Ecosistema Urbano, Fantastic Norway)



Typology Masterplan
Location Kiruna, Sweden
Status 2012
Client City of Kiruna
Design team KCAP Architects and Planners, in cooperation CaseStudio
Collaborators CREAM Architects
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