Image credit: UNStudios and Plompmozes
By Andrew Somerville
To mark its 400th anniversary in 2021, the city of Gothenburg is building a new cable car to provide fast, efficient aerial transport linking the areas north of the river to the old city in the south.
Designed by Dutch architects UNStudio, the cable car line is suspended by six giant towers that are inspired by the city’s famous shipyard cranes, and a cabin will travel through one of the four stations every 45 seconds.
UNStudio has commissioned Ramboll to work with the architects, engineering team and the city. According to Jürgen Heinzel, Senior Architect at UNStudio, Ramboll has the unique set of skills to make the project a success.
“We are very excited to collaborate with Ramboll,” he says. “Beyond a high level of expertise and experience in the field of engineering, Ramboll’s passion, dedication and enthusiasm in incorporating innovative ideas and concepts is perfectly in line with UNStudio’s ambition, culture and spirit.”
“By assigning Ramboll as the local engineering company, we are convinced that we have established a strong multidisciplinary team that includes the right skills and understanding of the challenges ahead to ensure the project is effectively translated into local compliance to the highest quality standards.”
Niclas Sundgren, Market Director for Buildings at Ramboll in Sweden agrees.
“We are very happy to have the confidence of UNStudio,” he says. “With our broad expertise in different areas, we are well prepared for the complicated challenge of establishing a new mode of transport in an existing public transport system.”
“This is also a way for Gothenburg to invest in more sustainable public transport. The cable car itself is environmentally friendly and it will be integrated with other public transport services at each station. It will also shorten travel times,” says Niclas Sundgren.