Wednesday, June 3, 2009

West Harbour I

The area of Västra Hamnen (West Harbour) in Malmö, Sweden, not only have the Turning Torso from yesterdays post, but also a sprawling city of its own. The houses here were built at the same time as the skyscraper, but on a much lower scale. Even though they were built at the same time, no two houses are the same. It's a mix of one, two, three and four storey buildings with different colours, materials and designs. Among the houses are small playgrounds, gardens and streams to make this a nice place to live.

The cars are mainly left outside of the whole area, so it's a pedestrian heaven. There's a lot of cafés and restaurants along with some nice shops (and a huge mega store), and the promenade gives the casual stroller a wonderful view to Øresund and Øresund Bridge. It even got its very own marina, where some house boats make an alternative living possible.

It's obvious that this is a well-thought-out area. And it's very popular. I didn't notice a single empty flat other than those that were under construction. Tomorrow I'll tell you a little more about Västra Hamnen.