UNStudio in the Netherlands has designed a cable car system supported by a network of towers for the Swedish city of Gothenburg. The international architectural design network’s Dutch office won the design competition with a contemporary design based on the city’s industrial past. The Gothenburg cable car is due to be complete in time for the city’s 400th anniversary in 2021.

Industrial heritage

The design reflects the robustness of Gothenburg’s industrial heritage, and offers a clear view of its future. The new towers, based on shipyard cranes and designed to minimize any impact on the city at ground level, will blend seamlessly with the city’s skyline. One cable car line will be suspended from six towers. The track stretches three kilometers and connects four new stations. The new system will connect northern Gothenburg with the south side of the Göta Älv river.

Flagship projects

UNStudio, founded in 1988 by Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos, is an international architectural design network with three full-service international offices in Amsterdam, Hong Kong, and Shanghai. The network specializes in architecture, interior architecture, product design, urban development, and infrastructural projects. Examples of flagship projects by UNStudio include the Erasmus bridge in Rotterdam (the Netherlands), the Mercedes Benz Museum in Stuttgart (Germany) and Raffles City in Hangzhou (China).