Lagan is Southern Sweden’s second biggest system of streams and follows a long stretch through Småland before flowing into Kattegat west of Laholm. On behalf of Vaggeryd Municipality, Kragh&Berglund developed a proposal for improving the part of Lagan running through the municipality. Our changes were intended to emphasize the landscape and nature, bring the locals pride, and make the living landscape accessible and attractive to everyone.
Infrastructure has been one of the main themes in Kragh&Berglund’s work with the area. It will allow locals and visitors to gather along Lagan for activities like sports and work outs, hiking and play for everyone. Green infrastructure will be the landscape’s connecting tissue and improve the life of plants, animals, and people. It will be prioritized over roads, sewers, electricity networks to ensure biological diversity and regulate the effects of global warming. By taking long walks in the area, Kragh&Berglund arrived at possible points of impact. Drawing on inspiration from popular Danish hiking routes, we decided to gather the hiking trail along the stream and place identity-forging elements along the entire path.
THE LIFE ALONG LAGAN
The area along Lagan is thus turned into a string of exciting experiences that highlights the good and sometimes hidden places and encourages activities and meetings as well as rest and contemplation. Our holistic approach to the landscape emphasizes sustainable development and is based on data collected in polls and studies conducted in the area in order to create the best conditions for the people, animals, and plants around Lagan.