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UNStudio beats WilkinsonEyre to Gothenburg cable car scheme

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Amsterdam-based UNStudio has won an international competition to design a cable car system for the Swedish city of Gothenburg.

The practice’s six-tower scheme was selected over proposals by London’s WilkinsonEyre, Copenhagen’s Bjarke Ingels Group and locally based White Arkitekter working with New York’s Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

The cable car system is due for completion in time for Gothenburg’s 400th anniversary in 2021, and will be the city’s first new mode of public transport in almost 100 years.

It will be 3km long and comprise one line with four stations and six towers, providing aerial shortcuts across the city from north to south.

UNStudio founder Ben van Berkel said: ‘A cable car system can not only provide much-needed sustainable transport between otherwise disconnected parts of our growing cities, but by travelling as the crow flies and bypassing traffic congestion on the ground, it can ensure extremely fast, reliable and efficient travel for both residents and visitors alike.

‘Although primarily a pragmatic solution, cable cars are also a very congenial way to travel as they enable us to see and experience our cities in a whole new way.’

The practice said its six towers were inspired by the steady motion of Gothenburg’s famous shipyard cranes, and would act as sculptures.

Van Berkel said: ‘The aim of the design is to reflect the robustness of this industrialised city’s past, while alluding to its expansive future.

‘Although the towers are pieces of high engineering, they are also very sculptural, slender and transparent within the urban landscape.’

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