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Väsjön Movement Park: Design Proposal
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Architecture, Urban Design. (Sustainable urban planning and design)
2012 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 80 credits / 120 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Indoor skiing research (English)
Abstract [en]

Taking an indoor skiing slope as the case of discussion for my Master thesis project, I wanted to investigate the notion of sustainability in technological, cultural and lifestyle terms. Furthermore, I would like to allude to the role of professionals when being asked to plan for an artificial indoor environment such as an Indoor skiing facility. To what extend can an architect make such a project sustainable? How can one compensate for the energy expenses of an indoor skiing hall? Apart from in-depth research and technological knowledge the architect needs to confront the social and economical aspects as well.


For the past few years, there has been an ongoing discussion about indoor skiing at Väsjöbacken at Sollentuna municipality, my case study. Skiing activities, indoor ski halls and snow-production has an environmental impact, which I would like to consider in my project. The issue of sustainability is widely discussed, but still it is a rather open concept. I decided to investigate the environmental impact of skiing trips in relation to the impact of a local indoor skiing slope in terms of carbon footprints. The energy component of the project is discussed through a comparative study, evaluating energy consumption of different large-scale indoor environments such as office buildings, ice hockey arenas and indoor skiing halls. What are the systems used for producing snow and artificial winter environments, to what extend are these systems considering environmental aspects, what are their priorities, and trends? 


At Väsjön, skiing is part of the existing local identity. The local skiing club, Sollentuna slalom club was established in 1969. Since decades the club has brought up several top Swedish skiing athletes. For the Nordic countries, skiing represents an important cultural legacy with roots of thousands of years. Skiing in Sweden is popular and part of the winter tradition. Most of the Swedish larger skiing resorts are concentrated in the northwestern part of the country and require several hours of travel, while smaller skiing destinations, such as Väsjöbacken are lately encountering serious existential issues. Reasons can be found in its size, non-recognisability, financial issues and irregular snowfall patterns, which seem to become a new constant. The main aim of my project is to locally strengthen existing sport facilities and to propose supplementary programmes for Väsjöbacken, situated north of Stockholm.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 27 p.
Keyword [en]
Indoor skiing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-105482OAI: diva2:571103
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Degree of Master - Sustainable Urban Planning and Design
2012-05-24, SVG, Oskars Backe, Stockholm, 12:09 (English)
Available from: 2013-02-24 Created: 2012-11-21 Last updated: 2013-02-24Bibliographically approved

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