Bo01 City of Tomorrow Malmö

Klas Tham et al.


  • Paul Kuitenbrouwer TU Delft, Architecture and the Built Environment


Malmö, with its 270,000 inhabitants, is the third-largest city in Sweden. Since 2000, Malmö has been connected to Copenhagen by the Öresund Bridge, yet it has continued to struggle with its image as a dilapidated port city. To shed this image, the city developed a plan (together with the Swedish state and a range of other partners) to transform Malmö into an exemplary sustainable city, in accordance with the LIP (Local Investment Programme, 1998-2003). A flywheel in this process was the housing exhibition known as ‘Bo01 Framtidsstaden’ (City of Tomorrow), which was held in the Västra Hamnen (Western Harbour) section of Malmö. On the basis of a quality programme, this exhibition offered guidelines in terms of a varied architectural appearance and quality, the use of ecological materials, energy that is 100 percent recoverable, green public spaces and technical infrastructure. Bo01 is indebted to the twentieth century housing tradition in Sweden, where the majority of the population lives in (small) apartments in the cities, with a high degree of density. The 1940s notion of the ‘neighbourhood unit’, which symbolized the Swedish welfare state, consisted of houses and a downtown centre with all imaginable amenities. This model was used as the inspiration for Bo01.

Author Biography

Paul Kuitenbrouwer, TU Delft, Architecture and the Built Environment

Paul Kuitenbrouwer graduated in 1988 as an architect from the Faculty of Architecture of Delft University of Technology. Since then he worked for, among others, Wiel Arets and Jo Coenen, for whom he was deputy supervisor of the Sphinx-Céramique site in Maastricht. In 2001 he followed Coenen, who was appointed Dutch Government Architect, to The Hague. Since 2006, he has been an assistant professor associated with the Chair of Architecture and Dwelling of Delft University of Technology; he has conducted research into high-density low-rise housing (Intense Laagbouw) and student housing (bouwjong!), teaches both Bachelor’s and Master’s degree design studios and analysis seminars with an emphasis on typology, density and the urban context, and is an editor of DASH. In addition, he has taught at the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture (2009-2012) and since 2016 teaches at the Maastricht Academy of Architecture. Since 2017, he is also a member of the Board of Examiners for Architects at The Dutch Architect’s Register Agency in The Hague. 




How to Cite

Kuitenbrouwer, P. (2018). Bo01 City of Tomorrow Malmö: Klas Tham et al. DASH | Delft Architectural Studies on Housing, 5(09), 154–161. Retrieved from



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