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In Therapy: Inside the Nordic Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale

04:15 - 31 May, 2016
In Therapy: Inside the Nordic Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale, The central installation (the pyramid) is encloses, but does not hide, the three remaining original trees inside the pavilion. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu
The central installation (the pyramid) is encloses, but does not hide, the three remaining original trees inside the pavilion. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu

As part of ArchDaily's coverage of the 2016 Venice Biennale, we are presenting a series of articles written by the curators of the exhibitions and installations on show.

You are part of another’s shadow.
—Sverre Fehn in conversation with Per Olaf Fjeld

A central impetus for this exhibition is to acknowledge the presence of the ‘ghosts’ of Nordic architecture – those architects, theorists and educators—the most famous of which are often described as ‘Modern Masters’—who continue to exert influence on contemporary practice and pedagogy. Indeed, one of the most prominent of these gures, the Norwegian Sverre Fehn, designed the Nordic Pavilion. This exhibition addresses a common challenge faced by Finns, Norwegians and Swedes today: how can a building (or an exhibition, in this instance) exist in a dialogue with its setting when that setting is so charged? For us, this ties into a broader question: how can architecture occupy a legacy while still making progress?

The pyramid, built from Swedish pine, represents an inhabitable installation – an urban artefact in a very public pavilion. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu Intimate "Rooms Without Walls" sit next to the main installation. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu The pyramid is a "discourse machine," designed to allow people to critically discuss the issues at the heart of the exhibition in an open air environment. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu The pyramid exists in dialogue with the building. Here, it's relationship with the existing staircase is made apparent. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu +42

SOM + Entasis Unveil New Views of Karlatornet in Gothenburg

12:00 - 30 May, 2016
SOM + Entasis Unveil New Views of Karlatornet in Gothenburg, Courtesy of Tomorrow
Courtesy of Tomorrow

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), in collaboration with Entasis Arkitekter, has released new images of Karlatornet, a 230-meter tower project in Gothenburg, Sweden. Selected by jury in 2014, the tower is scheduled for completion in 2019, and will be Sweden’s tallest building. The project is part of Lindholmen, a new district being built adjacent to the city’s harbor. The full plan – ten blocks of office, retail, and residential space – is slated for completion in 2021, to coincide with Gothenburg’s 400th anniversary.

Courtesy of Tomorrow Courtesy of Tomorrow Courtesy of Tomorrow Courtesy of Tomorrow +5

David Chipperfield Reveals New Renderings for Nobel Center in Stockholm

16:30 - 25 May, 2016
David Chipperfield Reveals New Renderings for Nobel Center in Stockholm, Courtesy of David Chipperfield Architects
Courtesy of David Chipperfield Architects

David Chipperfield Architects has made further refinements to the design for the Nobel Center in Stockholm. First revealed in October 2013, the project received harsh criticism for being an incongruous presence in the city’s historic center, which lead to a reduction in size amidst other changes in September of last year. Building on the 2015 revision, a more finalized version of the design has now been revealed in new exterior and interior renderings.

Courtesy of David Chipperfield Architects Courtesy of David Chipperfield Architects Courtesy of David Chipperfield Architects Courtesy of David Chipperfield Architects +32

MegaMind / Albert France-Lanord Architects

05:00 - 7 May, 2016
MegaMind / Albert France-Lanord Architects, © Ake E:son Lindman
© Ake E:son Lindman

© Ake E:son Lindman © Ake E:son Lindman © Ake E:son Lindman © Ake E:son Lindman +40

Snøhetta's MAX IV Laboratory Landscape Set to Open in June

12:05 - 22 April, 2016
Snøhetta's MAX IV Laboratory Landscape Set to Open in June, Courtesy of ABML4
Courtesy of ABML4

Snøhetta’s MAX IV Laboratory Landscape Design will open in June on the edge of Lund, Sweden. Selected for the project in 2011, Snøhetta’s design fills 47-acres (19 hectares) of formerly agricultural lands northeast of the city, and is the first project in a larger masterplan to transform the Brunnshög area into a “Science City.” The MAX IV national laboratory is a synchrotron facility with two electron storage rings, and is jointly operated by the Swedish Research Council and Lund University.

A Monolith In Zinc / Tengbom

13:00 - 19 April, 2016
A Monolith In Zinc  / Tengbom, Courtesy of Tengbom
Courtesy of Tengbom
  • Architects

  • Location

    Södra Ringgatan 23, 441 33 Alingsås, Sweden
  • Architect in Charge

    Tengbom
  • Project Leader

    Marcus Zetterberg, Forsen Projekt AB
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Tengbom

Courtesy of Tengbom Courtesy of Tengbom Courtesy of Tengbom Courtesy of Tengbom +22

Open Call: Design Competition for a Gate to Jarfalla Public Park

08:00 - 18 April, 2016
Open Call: Design Competition for a Gate to Jarfalla Public Park

This is a competition to design an entrance gate for Järfälla’s Public Park. The competition is aimed at young designers from the fields of architecture, design and social media.

Västra Kajen Housing / Tham & Videgård Arkitekter

09:00 - 12 April, 2016
Västra Kajen Housing / Tham & Videgård Arkitekter, © Åke E:son Lindman
© Åke E:son Lindman

© Åke E:son Lindman © Åke E:son Lindman © Åke E:son Lindman © Åke E:son Lindman +13

AD Classics: Nordic Pavilion in Venice / Sverre Fehn

09:00 - 30 March, 2016
AD Classics: Nordic Pavilion in Venice / Sverre Fehn, The Nordic Pavilion (Giardini, Venice). Image © Åke E:son Lindman
The Nordic Pavilion (Giardini, Venice). Image © Åke E:son Lindman

Three were originally invited to draw up plans for a ‘Nordic’ pavilion: the Finnish partnership Reima and Raili Pietilä, Sverre Fehn from Norway, and the Swede, Klas Anshelm. Following the selection of Fehn’s proposal in 1959, Gotthard Johansson wrote in the Svenska Dagbladet of the project’s “stunning simplicity [...], without too many architectural overtones”[1] – a proposal for a space able to unite a triumvirate of nations under one (exceptional) roof.

The Nordic Pavilion (Giardini, Venice). Image © Åke E:son Lindman The Nordic Pavilion (Giardini, Venice). Image © Åke E:son Lindman The Nordic Pavilion (Giardini, Venice). Image © Åke E:son Lindman The Nordic Pavilion (Giardini, Venice). Image © Åke E:son Lindman +30

schmidt hammer lassen Designs Mixed-Use Development in Central Stockholm

06:00 - 15 March, 2016
schmidt hammer lassen Designs Mixed-Use Development in Central Stockholm, Courtesy of schmidt hammer lassen architects
Courtesy of schmidt hammer lassen architects

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects has won the international competition to design a new mixed-use development in the heart of Stockholm, Sweden: Hästen 21. The new development will comprise retail, office and residential spaces, creating a “central artery” for the area with a strong visual presence adapted to the history and skyline of the existing city.

White Arkitekter’s "Home for Heroes" Breaks Ground in Sweden

14:00 - 13 March, 2016
White Arkitekter’s "Home for Heroes" Breaks Ground in Sweden, Courtesy of White Arkitekter
Courtesy of White Arkitekter

Children suffering from severe illness often leave their homes and families to receive the necessary care. In most of Sweden, accommodations for the relatives of the ill are built in the vicinity of the larger pediatric clinics.

The largest of these accommodations will be built in Umeå, Norrland. Named “Hjältarnas Hus” or "Home for Heroes," the building was designed by White Arkitekter and broke ground on Friday, March 4.

A House for Children / GRAD arkitekter

05:00 - 13 March, 2016
A House for Children / GRAD arkitekter, © Karin Björkquist
© Karin Björkquist
  • Architects

  • Location

    Stockholm, Sweden
  • Architects in Charge

    Sébastien Corbari, Ann-Sofi Ottosson, Asdís Andersdóttir, Meryem Gülenay
  • Area

    90.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Karin Björkquist © Karin Björkquist © Karin Björkquist © Karin Björkquist +15

Look Inside a Selection of Danish, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish Architecture Offices, Photographed by Marc Goodwin

04:00 - 9 March, 2016
Look Inside a Selection of Danish, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish Architecture Offices, Photographed by Marc Goodwin, Inside the studios of Jägnefält Milton. Image © Marc Goodwin
Inside the studios of Jägnefält Milton. Image © Marc Goodwin

Architectural photographer Marc Goodwin has recently completed "the ultra-marathon of photoshoots:" twenty-eight architectural offices in twenty-eight days, spread across four capital cities – Oslo, Stockholm, Copenhagen, and Helsinki. His aim was to understand what sort of spaces architects in the Nordic countries operate in, and how they differ between each respective country. From former boathouses to stables and coal deposits, Goodwin has captured some of the most unique working environments the profession has to offer.

Studiopuisto. Image © Marc Goodwin Tham & Videgård. Image © Marc Goodwin Leth & Gori. Image © Marc Goodwin Norrøn. Image © Marc Goodwin +33

Solsidan Housing / Max Holst

05:00 - 8 March, 2016
Solsidan Housing / Max Holst, ©  Lars Grafström
© Lars Grafström

© Fredric Boukari ©  Lars Grafström © Fredric Boukari © Fredric Boukari +29

Kotten / Tengbom

05:00 - 3 March, 2016
Kotten  / Tengbom , © Ulf Celander
© Ulf Celander
  • Architects

  • Location

    Kungälv, Sweden
  • Architect in Charge

    Christofer Ödmark
  • Design Team

    Christofer Ödmark, Hans Lindgren, Hannu Kettunen, Karin Zetterberg, Yara Karkouh, Ulrika Pålsson, Malin Forsberg, Åsa Erkman, Kajsa Åström, Malin Ljungblad, Annette Johannesson, Lukas Toll, Fredrik Simu, Emelie Berndtsson.
  • Client

    Kungälv municipality
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Ulf Celander © Ulf Celander © Ulf Celander © Ulf Celander +14

Campus Örebro: Nova House / Juul Frost Architects

11:00 - 2 March, 2016
Campus Örebro: Nova House  / Juul Frost Architects, © Felix Gerlach
© Felix Gerlach
  • Architects

  • Location

    Örebro, Sweden
  • Landscapes

    Juul Frost Architects
  • Client

    Örebroporten AB
  • Area

    9500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Felix Gerlach © Felix Gerlach © Felix Gerlach © Felix Gerlach +15

U.D. Urban Design AB and SelgasCano Unveil Winning Proposal for New Planning Offices in Stockholm

06:00 - 1 March, 2016
U.D. Urban Design AB and SelgasCano Unveil Winning Proposal for New Planning Offices in Stockholm, Rendered Main Entrance View. Image Courtesy of Urban Design AB & SelgasCano
Rendered Main Entrance View. Image Courtesy of Urban Design AB & SelgasCano

U.D. Urban Design AB and SelgasCano have won an international, invited competition to design the new Planning and Administrative Offices for the city of Stockholm, Sweden. Their project, "Drivhus” (Danish for "Greenhouse”) will be located south of the Stockholm city center in Söderstaden, an area set for redevelopment.

Mountain Restaurant Björk in Hemavan / Murman Architects

09:00 - 21 February, 2016
Mountain Restaurant Björk in Hemavan / Murman Architects, © Åke E:son Lindman
© Åke E:son Lindman
  • Architects

  • Location

    920 66 Hemavan, Sweden
  • Architect and interior design

    Murman Architects by Hans Murman (manager and managing agent), Truls Håkansson, Milla Persson, Domenika Chornobai and Ylva Backström (structural engineer).
  • Area

    350.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Åke E:son Lindman © Åke E:son Lindman © Åke E:son Lindman © Åke E:son Lindman +32