Up Gardens is Varvsstaden’s first pilot project and a prime example of tactical urbanism, making use of the area’s own materials to create a unique building that stands as a shining beacon of the possibilities for local recycling and upcycling of building materials. This open space will be key to the quality of life and identity of Varvsstaden, offering benefits related to human health and well-being, social interaction, biodiversity and urban ecology. The park will be open at all hours of the day, attracting a wide range of users and providing many different functions, from allotment gardening to public events. It will be a catalyst for the development of Varvsstaden and its inhabitants.
Up Gardens presents the whole range from direct reuse of columns from an existing building, to recycling of glass, trusses, etc. and upcycling of, for example, sheet metal which is converted to new building components. The pilot project focuses on biodiversity and the food loop, providing support for the dynamics of urban agriculture within Varvsstaden.