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BIG to Redevelop Västerås Transportation Hub

BIG has unveiled plans for a new transportation hub in the heart of Västerås - one of Sweden's largest cities. The ambitious plan, "3B - Build Away the Barriers" will redevelop 17-acres surrounding an existing railway station in an effort to reconnect it to the city. As it exists now, the station's tracks divides two areas of the city; BIG's proposal aims to unite them with a single "floating roof" shaped by the "flow of people and public life" that will integrate new public programs into the site. 

Tham & Videgård Designs Sweden’s "Most Sought After Home"

Tham & Videgård Arkitekter has designed a home with the help of two million Swedes. Made possible by big data, the Swedish office analyzed 200 million clicks and 86,000 properties on Hemnet properties to design "Sweden’s statistically most sought after home." The result, the Hemnet Home - a "new typehouse for everyone by everyone." 

© Tham & Videgård Kitchen. Image © Tham & Videgård Bathroom. Image © Tham & Videgård Section Perspective . Image © Tham & Videgård

ADEPT and Mandaworks Design Masterplan for Stockholm’s Royal Seaport

ADEPT and Mandaworks have been declared the winners of a design competition for an urban development in the Kolkajen-Ropsten area of Stockholm's Royal Seaport. Dubbed the “Royal Neighbour,” the masterplan is anticipated to provide more than 12,000 new homes, supply 35,000 jobs in the next two decades, and create a new cultural area.

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Full Scale Studio Completes Rolling House in Sweden

Stockholm-based Full Scale Studio of KTH School of Architecture have designed and built their first project to date -- a new studio space called "The Friggatto." Deriving its name and form from the hybridization of two Swedish building types, the Friggatto is a non-permit, rolling house that explores how to combine these typologies to produce a larger, more affordable volume.

Hinged tables inside the Atto. Image Courtesy of Full Scale Studio The Atto's burnt wood facade. Image Courtesy of Full Scale Studio Space between the volumes. Image Courtesy of Full Scale Studio Circulation to the roof terrace. Image Courtesy of Full Scale Studio

Torsby Finnskog Center / Bornstein Lyckefors

  • Architects: Bornstein Lyckefors
  • Location: Torsby, Sweden
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Bornstein Lyckefors

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Studio Esinam's Limited Edition Prints Capture Elevations from Around the World

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Swedish firm Studio Esinam's new print series depicts "Elevations" of architectural landmarks across the globe. Using minimalist line drawings, the illustrations attempt to "capture the unique feeling of various cities around the world".

Meticulously recreating the facades of landmarks in Berlin, Brooklyn, Copenhagen, Gothenburg, London, Paris, Stockholm, and Tokyo, the growing collection of prints reframes technical drawings as works of art. By distilling iconic facades to their barest and most essential elements, Studio Esinam aims to direct "attention to details that mostly pass unseen."

View selected prints from the "Elevations" series after the break.

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Juniper House / Murman Arkitekter

  • Architects: Murman Arkitekter
  • Location: 623 69 Katthammarsvik, Sweden
  • Architect in Charge: Ulla Alberts, Hans Murman architects SAR/MSA
  • Client and builders: Ulla Alberts, Hans Murman
  • Area: 50.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2007
  • Photographs: Åke E-son Lindman, Courtesy of Hans Murman, Göran Uhlin

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Sauna Saltsjöbaden / Murman Arkitekter

  • Architects: Murman Arkitekter
  • Location: Saltsjöbaden, Sweden
  • Architect in Charge: Hans Murman och Ulla Alberts
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Åke E:son Lindman, Courtesy of Hans Murman

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Utopia Arkitekter Reinterprets Stockholm's Vernacular Architecture

A new housing development called Söderkåkar in Stockholm is aiming to provide a modern interpretation of the area’s 19th century vernacular architecture. Designed by Utopia Arkitekter, the residential structures impose the contemporary emphasis on sustainability and function within the traditional all-wood construction of the past, fitting into the existing infrastructure while maintaining a distinct character. 

Lomma Apartments / FOJAB arkitekter

  • Architects: FOJAB arkitekter
  • Location: Lomma, Lomma, Sweden
  • Design Team Leader: Stefan Johansson
  • Partner in charge, Principal architect: Joachim Lundquist
  • Architects: Mattias Essner, Mattias Johansson, Anna Schlyter
  • Landscape Architect: Sara Schlyter
  • Area: 3000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Åke E:son Lindman

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Six Walls House / Arrhov Frick Arkitektkontor

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Henning Larsen Designs New Branch of Swedish National Museum

Henning Larsen Architects has been selected over eleven finalists to design the new NORR - National Museum in Östersund, Mid-Sweden. Acting both as an extension to the existing Jamtli Museum and a new branch of the Swedish National Museum, the new building will feature a large and flexible exhibition hall, workshops, offices and a cafe. 

“The new exhibition hall is designed as wooden sculpture with an easily recognizable silhouette against the sky. The roof is quite remarkable because the deep skylights filter the soft northern daylight directly into the exhibition space. This gives a very sensitive light as well as a view to the sky,” says Søren Øllgaard, partner at Henning Larsen Architects and design responsible for the project.

Norrmalm City District Sides with Nobel Foundation

With opposition seemingly mounting against the Nobel Foundation’s plans to build a new, David Chipperfield-designed center along Stockholm’s Blasieholmen, advisors for Norrmalm's neighborhood management has spoke up in favor of the project believing to be an opportunity to enhance the urban fabric and make the area more family-friendly. "The administration believes that the new park should be as green as possible and that more play environments for children and youth a priority in the development of public spaces," reads the statement, highlighting the open space provided in the plan. Their response is just one of many that will help sway Stockholm’s City Planning and City Council final decision later this year. 

Opposition Mounts Against David Chipperfield's Nobel Center in Stockholm

Stockholm’s City Museum (Stadsmuseet) has spoke out against David Chipperfield’s competition-winning Nobel Center, saying the design is good but not at its proposed location. The museum, whose mission is to “preserve the city’s cultural heritage,” does not believe the new center should be build along the city’s Blasieholmen, as its site is “one of the few parts of the city that still allows close interaction with the old port.” 

Furthermore, the City Museum strongly urged against the Nobel Foundation's plans to demolish the site’s three historic structures - an 1876 Axel Fredrik Nystrom-designed Customs House and the city’s last two remaining wooden harbor warehouses built in the early 1900s. Agreeing, the Liberal Party (Folkpartiet) has also spoke up, saying the proposal is “too big” and does not take “sufficient” consideration of the cultural environment and cultural heritage. 

PlayHouse / Street Monkey Architects + Bjerking

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© Robin Hayes Photography

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Tham & Videgård Propose Wooden High-Rise Housing for Stockholm

Tham & Videgård Arkitekter is the latest to investigate the potential of tall wooden structures. Planned for a site in the former transport harbor of Loudden, which will soon be revived as a new urban area, the practice's mixed-use scheme proposes to integrate 240 apartments within a cluster of four wooden high-rise buildings that reach up to 20 stories. 

“The buildings are constructed entirely in one material, Swedish solid wood, from the frame to the facade, finishes and windows,” says the architects. “Through consistent use of a renewable material like wood, the result is a sustainable, well insulated and robust house structure with good potential to perform well over time, and minimize the total energy consumption.”

Summer House in Dalarna / Leo Qvarsebo

  • Architects: Leo Qvarsebo
  • Location: Västerbyn, 770 70 Långshyttan, Sweden
  • Developer: Leo Qvarsebo, Mattias Granwald, Robobygg AB
  • Area: 90.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Leo Qvarsebo

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