Getteröverket Purification Plant in Varberg. C.F. Møller. Photo: Places Studio

Getteröverket Purification Plant in Varberg

Getteröverket in Varberg is being developed into an accessible and landscape-integrated resource plant, which visually blends into its surroundings and adds a new activity trail for visitors.
 Getteröverket Purification Plant in Varberg. C.F. Møller. Photo: Places Studio


Vatten & Miljö i Väst (VIVAB)


Varberg, Sweden


92,000 m²




C.F. Møller Architects


C.F. Møller Architects

Collaborators, other

Bilder: Places studio

The coastal town of Varberg in western Sweden is experiencing strong growth, with a rail tunnel and a new station area being built, as well as a new residential area being developed, enabling the town to create new links to the sea. As a result of the city's expansion, the Getteröverket wastewater plant needs to grow with it.

Instead of being an inaccessible wastewater plant, Getteröverket will be developed into a circular resource plant, and will become a model for how industrial properties in urban environments can be developed in the future.

Innovative nutrition factory and knowledge hub

A green and water-rich activity trail will be created, bringing recreation and ecosystem services to the area whilst a wide pedestrian and bicycle path will lead the public through the property. The expansion of the resource plant is achieved through a landscape-integrated building with rich green roofs, which are integrated and made accessible in the park environment through sloping roof surfaces. The resource plant therefore blends tastefully into its surroundings. Silo-shaped glass buildings provide the public with an insight into the activities of the resource plant.

Technical facilities in the park environment such as the outlet for purified water are given artistic expression and their function is clarified by information signs. Thanks to innovative technology, the resource plant is climate-neutral. This reduces greenhouse gas emissions and micro-pollutants and increases the reuse of nutrients and treated wastewater.

A square with a knowledge hub invites the public to make use of the new connection to the city. The knowledge hub is a new attraction where children and adults are educated and informed about the importance of a circular resource plant in the city.

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