Spacemaker enables easier collaboration for the planning of Elinelund, a new development area in the City of Malmö

Maria Dantz
Maria Dantz July 6, 2021 4 min read

With 2,000 homes, Nya Elinelund will become a vibrant, sustainable district. Since April this year, the City of Malmö has been using (or testing) a new digital planning tool called Spacemaker to facilitate cooperation between different administrations. Using Spacemaker, the stakeholders are able to see how building options affect noise, sunlight, planning of social areas and protection of the protected natural environment in the limestone quarry.

Elinelund stage 3 forms the final stage of the Elinelund development area. In addition to housing, an elementary school, preschool, sports hall, parking garages, businesses and parks are also planned here. The City of Malmö owns the land and produces the detailed plan, which requires extensive preparatory work to make the building rights attractive to interested developers.

How Spacemaker facilitated the development of stage 3

To support the development of stage 3, the municipality uses AI-based technology from Spacemaker. “Using a visual data model, we and the city planning office have been able to easily adjust and fine-tune the locations of streets and heights of buildings to find interesting solutions. With Spacemaker, it was faster and easier, not least when we had difficulty meeting physically due to the pandemic,” says Oskar Berglund, project manager at the Traffic and Property Management Department Malmö. 

Representatives from the nearby school have also been able to take part in the visualizations to see how, for example, noise affects the school environment depending on how the buildings are placed.

“Wind usually blows from the southwest and we had suggestions to overlap the buildings to reduce the prevailing wind, which would otherwise carry the surrounding noise into the school environment. With Spacemaker’s simulations, we can quickly make noise, wind and solar studies that would otherwise take weeks or months to produce,” explains Annie Altengård, planning architect at the Urban Planning Department, who lead the detailed planning work together with Oskar Berglund. 

Annie Altengård (left), city planning architect at the City Planning Office of Malmö, who leads the detailed planning work together with Oskar Berglund (right).

Elinelund is close to the Natura 2000-protected limestone quarry in Limhamn and the design must take this into account. Many in the area will use the exercise trail and there will be plenty of social areas and opportunities for recreation. Now the plan is to involve the city’s geodata specialists to export the data produced in Spacemaker and make even more detailed visualizations of the proposals.

“Digital support for urban development makes the process and dialogue with those involved both safer and better. When everyone sees how and why different solutions affect the environment, this leads to more constructive conversations and better decisions,” Oskar Berglund concludes.

Spacemaker is used for the development of urban development projects across Sweden, as well as France, Norway, Finland, the Netherlands, Germany, and Denmark. The company was founded in 2016 by architect Håvard Haukeland, who believed that there was a lack of good tools that facilitated the design of sustainable cities and therefore teamed up with his tech-savvy friends and co-founders Carl Christensen and Anders Kvale, to develop one.

Digital planning tools can help to meet sustainability challenges faced by cities

“If we are to succeed with the ambition to build truly sustainable cities that meet climate challenges while also creating environments where people want to live, then more real estate companies and municipalities must start using digital planning tools, especially during the early stages. To be the most impactful, sustainability and liveability must be considered from day 1 of the planning process,” says Jerker Hägglund, Sweden Market Lead at Spacemaker.

For more information contact:

Jerker Hägglund,, 0766 31 91 23

Oskar Berglund,, 0768 69 17 81

Annie Altengård,, 040 34 35 64

About Spacemaker:

Since the start in 2016, Spacemaker has worked to build better and more sustainable cities. With their cutting-edge AI technology, design, planning and engineering teams around the world are given the opportunity to maximize potential and investment in a land area. This is done by quickly generating, optimizing and iterating different design choices that take into account criteria and data for terrain, maps, wind, light, traffic and detailed plans, as well as regulations and preferences.

With headquarters in Oslo and offices in Stockholm, Gothenburg, Barcelona, ​​Paris, Helsinki and Cambridge Massachusetts, right next to MIT in Boston, Spacemaker continues to grow internationally. Spacemaker currently has over 115 employees.

About Elinelund Stage 3:

Stage 3 largely covers the area southeast of Kalkbrottet and consists mainly of arable land. It is a large area of ​​40 hectares and the land is owned by the City of Malmö. In the plan proposal (dp 5621) there is space for 1,700 homes in apartment buildings and 350 single-family homes. Around 20 plots will be released to the municipal plot queue for residential development.

Two larger parks are planned: one in the northern part next to the lime quarry and one at the current scout farm. In a best location with a view of the limestone quarry, a combined primary school and preschool as well as a sports hall will be located.

Today, the limestone quarry is a nature reserve and recreation area. It is a National Interest and Natura 2000 protected site, rich in flora and fauna with over 2000 different species that live in the lime quarry’s special habitats.

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