The district of Nacka in Sweden's capital is a busy area where the big city ends and the Stockholm Archipelago begins, and it's about to get a fair bit busier. The municipality is moving ahead with rail extensions and real estate developments as it prepares for an impending population boom, and an offbeat new tower is set to become a symbol of its new modernity and growth.

Around 100,000 people currently live in Nacka, and that is expected to grow to 140,000 by 2030. The mixed-use urban area, now known as Nacka City, will gain three new metro stations, 10,000 new workplaces and 14,000 new homes in that time as the municipality works to position it as an innovative pocket of Stockholm and a desirable place to live and work.

Discus is a quirky new building that will become central Nacka City's first high-rise. It is designed by Swedish architecture firm Belatchew Arkitekter, which is no stranger to peculiar tower concepts, and will be constructed in the heart of Nacka City, right above the metro station in what will be its new city center.

Discus will house between 450 to 500 apartments of different sizes spread out over 30 floors, along with commercial and public facilities. City officials see its towering stack of non-uniform saucers becoming an iconic piece of architecture in what might become a particularly edgy and vibrant neighborhood in the Swedish capital.

"Discus is the first high-rise in Nacka's most central parts, and with its strong form, the building will contribute to Nacka's exciting silhouette," says Nina Åman, City Architect, Nacka Municipality. "Discus clearly shows an architectural ambition that Nacka Municipality wants to see in future projects in Nacka City."

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