Piteå is an attractive tourist town in North Sweden, well-known for its scenic location and rich musical and cultural life. With the recently decided architectural competition, the municipality’s wish for a comprehensive development of the town centre will be realised – based on an innovative, activating and yet rational parking facility.
The ambition of Henning Larsen and White Architects has been to connect Piteå town centre to the new square Sundstorget – with the parking facility as the active, uniting link. The west facade of the car park is designed as a luxuriant and recreational hill leading down to Sundstorget. The square connects to the street Sundsgatan, creating life and activity across the square. A new public space on top of the car park will give the citizens a new gathering point offering a beautiful view of the town and a variety of seasonal activities. Thus, the sloping west facade will function as a sledge run in the winter and serve as spectators’ seats in connection with concerts and film shows in the summer.