Järfälla’s park entrances echo throughout the artistic world

Last spring, the Kalejdohill Project announced an international competition for artists and architects, aimed at creating park entrances for the Kvarnbacken district of Jakobsberg. The concept and the artistic freedom offered, resulted in 330 entries from all over the world. Over the next week, the winning entries will be built. The overall winner was ”Procrastinated Gate” by the Spanish architect, Manuel García Sarafian.  


“We never realised that the small town of Järfälla would create such an international stir. This is proof that we have got something right in our new approach to urban development, art and architecture”, says Mia Lundström, Project Manager for Kalejdohill.  


Kalejdohill is financed by HSB Norra Stor-Stockholm, Veidekke Bostad and Einar Mattsson. The project assignment is to develop the Kvarnbacken area of central Järfälla long before architects draw up proposals and the diggers arrive. Over a 2-year period, a dialogue with local residents will be created, where artists, designers and architects will be challenged to come up with new concepts for how an area should be used.  

The winning proposal for the park entrance was created by Manuel García Sarafian, a Spanish architect based in Berlin. The architect’s original vision was that the residents of Jakobsberg would together collect materials and build an entrance reminiscent of a games of spillikins at the open-air recreation area of Kvarnbacken. But implementing the design using amateurs rather than trained professionals turned out to have safety implications.  

”I have been in constant dialogue with the architects involved in building the entrances. My aim is to make their visions technically feasible, as well as complying with the laws and regulations which specify what can be built at the site. Alterations have been made to the original plan, but Manuel is extremely happy with the result”, says Petra de Verdier, Production Manager at Järfälla Log-in Gate. 

In the end, the architect and production manager settled for an entrance built by professionals. It may look like sticks gathered together at random, but involves advanced construction techniques.  

The runner-up, Jose Javier Fernandez Ponce, is a Spanish architect working in Barcelona. His creation, “Virtual Limits”, is a metaphor for the barriers modern technology creates between people, and between people and nature.  The entrance consists of fine lines of light on the ground which create a rectangle, a symbol for virtual limits. The entrance is under construction and is expected to be completed in mid-January. 



Mia Lundström, Project Manager Kalejdohill,  mia@mialundstrom.se, 0708-483 313  

Petra de Verdier, Production Manager, petra@dapgroup.se, +46 (0) 769 460 600