I love Malmö, so much I went to the extra trouble of finding the umlaut character.

It feels so much more diverse, lived in, livable than Stockholm — which, for all of its beauty, feels like a blonde, blue-eyed, Nordic Renaissance postcard everywhere you turn — not to say I don’t love it as well. I do. I’m just at a point in my life where I judge a place by how likely I might be to move there, for real real.

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAThe ‘Italian’ part of the Bo01 district

I have spent most of my time here tanning and jumping into the water in the Västra Hamnen [Western Harbour]. The Västra Hamnen and Bo01 are not indicative of Malmö as a whole, but they are a wonderful place where you are free to enjoy the shoreline and not pay the outrageous rent.GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAGazing across the Øresund Strait

Lots of design geekiness after the cut!

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAGEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAAnd guess what? It’s…..GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAStormwater! They have to treat it specially because there is a lot of it, and it drains to the Strait — it is not allowed to permeate the soil because the Västra Hamnen is a new development over a former industrial harbor and has a lot of contamination issues.

In Västra Hamnen, and the Bo01 in particular, stormwater is made visible and beautiful.GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA I liked these little wooden ‘fences’ — there were several, and they are a simple addition where children can pretend to get lostGEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA I liked the texture which elevates these otherwise simple concrete seatsGEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAJust to show that Västra Hamnen isn’t all roses and rainbows — it is still an office park on the southeast side, with parking lots [gasp!]

 

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