Design proposal for a 2 star mixed use green hotel in the city ofStockholm: The case of Brunkebergs square
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
The word sustainability does not only mean building environmentally friendly buildings, with green high technology solutions, but it also touches the economical, physical and social aspect of a given area. A building can not be called sustainable if it is not designed for people’s needs and does not promote social interaction between people. In a broader extend, the three levels of sustainability, economical, social and environmental need to be achieved at the same time, or else the concept of sustainability itself is neglected. Nowadays most of the hotels in the core of the city of Stockholm range in a classification from 4 to 5 stars, and rarely there are 2 or 1 star hotels. The world financial crisis that emerged in 2008 and which substantially decreased the number of customers who could afford to pay the high fees of the luxury hotels, leaded to crisis in the hotel industry emptying many rooms and eaving the 4 and 5 stars hotel to their own luck. The core of the city centre has other problems such as potential areas with commercial and office buildings which only have a day life and at night are considered abandoned and unsafe, especially nowadays with the crisis in the hotel industry.The aim of this master thesis is the design of a prototype green mixed use building by Brunkebergs square, which is a square in need of renovation and located in the core area of the city of Stockholm. The prototype green building is a 2 star mixed use green hotel with green design features and public, semi public and private character. This new hotel also would be part of a group of hotels called CBD Vasagatan. The integration between the new prototype building, Brunkebergs square and Drottningatan will be done according to concept and context of the new building. The areas in question will be renovated under the guidelines of Stockholm Vision 2030, which is an improvement city plan proposed by Stockholm under the years 2006 and 2007, and following a few Green Design premises as dictated by architect Ken Yeang and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). The proposed 2 stars green hotel, besides representing the possibility of being a cheaper lodging alternative, and therefore helping the declining economy of the Hotel market in the city of Stockholm, will also promote physical integration with Brunkebergs square, creating a path of communication inside the building leading from Brunkebergs square to Drottningatan, which is one of the most known retail streets in Stockholm city center. This way the flow of pedestrians between these 2 important areas would be enabled and Brunkebergs square would suffer renovation and become more attractive to tourists and Stockholm citizens.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. , 57 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-24851OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-24851DiVA: diva2:353625