Karlstad is a city with an interesting history. After the great fire in 1865, the new Karlstad began to take its form. The cultural heritage that the city carries must be managed with care. Therefore, objectives and guidelines for the city were created to help preserve it. These are summarized by the township in three words: manage, improve and innovate.
South of the railway is the Stadsträdgården, a well preserved historic park with rich flora. The park has an English Victorian style with protective vegetation, which separates the garden from the city. A few buildings are found in its vicinity. One that is called the Orangery has a particularly interesting heritage. It’s a grand building with elements of carpentry and contemporary decoration. Up until 1876 the Orangery was conducting plant related activities, but then the extent at which the activities were committed decreased.
In close proximity to Stadsträdgården is the lake Vänern. Despite the park's central location and the city's close relationship with water in the other directions; there is no obvious link to the south. Such interlocking functions, would be filled if the park would provide a greater variety of attractions.
The purpose is to link Karlstad’s central core to Vänern in the south and thus broaden the city and expand its capabilities. The goal is to find a natural meeting place that connects the center parts of Karlstad with the more southern located residential areas and at the same time linking the water with the city. The work process includes literature studies, visits to relevant activities, SWOT analysis and modeling in Revit. The results are presented in the form of a proposal including a potential meeting place and additional measures for the given area.
The orangery in Stadsträdgården exhibit particularly good qualities regarding recreation. With some changes, the building can be used to attract people from the city and create the needed link between the city and the water. A proposal for such development is visualized in 3-dimensional models with associated explanatory text. The result is illustrated in the form of the Orangery building; a proposal on an extension on this house, greenhouses in Stadsträdgården, a stage and a new plan for the park. These are presented in the form of 3-dimensional images.
In the conclusion to be reached, it appears that Stadsträdgården is the area best suited as a natural meeting place, as well as to connect the city with the water and its more southern neighborhoods. To achieve the set goals, some changes are required to the park. The extension of the Orangery is meant to compose as the entrance to Stadsträdgården and act as a main attraction for the area. Complementary works in the form of the greenhouse, stage and multi-functional furniture are meant to create a varied environment that appeals to a wide variety of people.