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Nine Projects to be Highlighted in 'In Therapy', the Nordic Contribution to the 2016 Venice Biennale

04:00 - 19 February, 2016
Nine Projects to be Highlighted in 'In Therapy', the Nordic Contribution to the 2016 Venice Biennale, RRA's National Tourist Route in Trollstigen is among nine selected projects which will be displayed in-depth. Image via RRA
RRA's National Tourist Route in Trollstigen is among nine selected projects which will be displayed in-depth. Image via RRA

The Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design (ArkDes) have revealed that In Therapy: Nordic Countries Face to Face—the exhibition for the Nordic Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale, curated by David Basulto—will partly comprise "a contemporary survey of Nordic architecture." 300 projects, drawn from over 500 submissions to a recent open call, will be complemented by an in-depth study of nine projects completed post-2008 by practices including Tham & Videgård, Reiulf Ramstad Architects, and Lahdelma & Mahlamäki.

"Just as Sverre Fehn’s pavilion is a crystallisation of Nordic architecture—embodying a precise and fluid articulation of structure, light, and nature—the nine we have chosen to focus in on as particularly representative of the contemporary scene have a similar gravitas and complexity – but with their own distinct identities" says Basulto, who has made the selection alongside James Taylor-Foster, Assistant Curator.

Tree Hotel / Tham & Videgård (Harads, Sweden). Image © Lindman Photography Finnish Nature Centre /Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects (Haltia, Finland). Image © Mika Huisman Puukuokka Housing Block / OOPEAA Office for Peripheral Architecture (Jyväskylä, Finland). Image © Mikko Auerniitty Råå Daycare Center / Dorte Mandrup (Kustgaten, Sweden). Image © Adam Mørk +12

Villa Eder-Hederus / Kod Arkitekter + General Architecture

05:00 - 18 February, 2016
Villa Eder-Hederus / Kod Arkitekter + General Architecture, © Mikael Olsson
© Mikael Olsson

© E:son Lindman © Mikael Olsson © E:son Lindman © E:son Lindman +29

Johanneberg Science Park / White Arkitekter

02:00 - 2 February, 2016
Johanneberg Science Park / White Arkitekter, © Åke E:son Lindman
© Åke E:son Lindman
  • Architects

  • Location

    Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Architect in Charge

    Mattias Lind and Johan Lundin
  • Area

    8200.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Åke E:son Lindman © Åke E:son Lindman © Åke E:son Lindman © Åke E:son Lindman +19

Täby Torg / Polyform

05:00 - 26 January, 2016
Täby Torg / Polyform, © Wichmann + Bendtsen
© Wichmann + Bendtsen
  • Architects

  • Location

    183 70 Täby, Sweden
  • Design Team

    Jonas Sangberg, Thomas Kock, Jette Kristensen, Christoffer Lissau Lund, Ola Nielsen, Lotte Fjendbo Møller, Signe Hertzum, Nikolaj Frølund Thomsen og Lars W. Maarbjerg
  • Underrådgivere

    Grontmij Malmø, ÅF Lighting, Sydark Konstruera, Tyréns, Anleka, KÅWE Konstruktioner HB og PK3
  • Area

    10000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Åke Lindmann © Wichmann + Bendtsen © Wichmann + Bendtsen © Wichmann + Bendtsen +20

'In Therapy' – the Nordic Contribution to the 2016 Venice Biennale

04:00 - 20 January, 2016

The Nordic nations—Finland, Norway and Sweden—have reached a pivotal point in their collective, and individual, architectural identities. The Grandfathers of the universal Nordic style—including the likes of Sverre Fehn, Peter Celsing, Gunnar Asplund, Sigurd Lewerentz, Alvar Aalto, and Eero Saarinen—provided a foundation upon which architects and designers since have both thrived on and been confined by. The Nordic Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale—directed by Alejandro Aravena—will be the moment to probe: to discuss, argue, debate and challenge what Nordic architecture really is and, perhaps more importantly, what it could be in years to come.

We're asking for every practice (and individual) across the world who have built work in Finland, Norway and Sweden in the past eight years to submit their project(s) and be part of the largest survey of contemporary Nordic architecture ever compiled.

Update: the Open Call for In Therapy closed on the 24th January 2016.

Villa Ljung / Johan Sundberg

02:00 - 12 January, 2016
Villa Ljung / Johan Sundberg, © Markus Linderoth
© Markus Linderoth

© Markus Linderoth © Markus Linderoth © Markus Linderoth © Markus Linderoth +25

Technical Building / U.D. Urban Design AB

05:00 - 1 January, 2016
Technical Building / U.D. Urban Design AB, © Robin Hayes
© Robin Hayes
  • Architects

  • Location

    Storängsvägen, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Architect in Charge

    Helena Glantz, Erik Jarlöv, Anders Ohlin, Karin Ask
  • Area

    106.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Robin Hayes © Robin Hayes © Robin Hayes © Robin Hayes +25

Helsingkrona Student Nation and Housing / FOJAB arkitekter

09:00 - 27 December, 2015
Helsingkrona Student Nation and Housing / FOJAB arkitekter, © Felix Gerlach
© Felix Gerlach
  • Architects

  • Location

    Lund, Sweden
  • Design Team

    Mattias Hedberg Ek, Ulf Kadefors, Olivier Gras, Marco Pusterla, Magnus Tellhed, Lars Palm, Ola Liden
  • Area

    4800.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Felix Gerlach © Felix Gerlach © Felix Gerlach © Felix Gerlach +27

Hemsö Restaurant / Sweco Architects

03:00 - 11 December, 2015
Hemsö Restaurant / Sweco Architects, © Tim Meier
© Tim Meier
  • Architects

  • Location

    870 10 Hemsö, Sweden
  • Architect in Charge

    Sverker Cajmatz
  • Area

    400.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Tim Meier © Tim Meier © Tim Meier © Tim Meier +27

School of Architecture at the Royal Institute of Technology / Tham & Videgård Arkitekter

03:00 - 9 December, 2015
School of Architecture at the Royal Institute of Technology / 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 +21

Malmö Live / schmidt hammer lassen architects

03:00 - 6 December, 2015
Malmö Live / schmidt hammer lassen architects, © Adam Mørk
© Adam Mørk
  • Architects

  • Location

    211 18 Malmö, Sweden
  • Design Team

    : Tiago Pereira, Rene Nedergaard, Sveinung Chercka Simonsen, Mads Dyssel Engel, Caroline Zakrisson, Sally Rudgaard Jessen, Thomas Walcher, David Fink, Kirsten Sennicksen, Morten Fought
  • Area

    43000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Adam Mørk © Adam Mørk © Adam Mørk © Adam Mørk +26

David Basulto to Curate Nordic Pavilion at 2016 Venice Biennale

13:52 - 3 December, 2015
David Basulto to Curate Nordic Pavilion at 2016 Venice Biennale, The Nordic Pavilion in Venice, designed by Sverre Fehn in 1960. Image © Feruzzi
The Nordic Pavilion in Venice, designed by Sverre Fehn in 1960. Image © Feruzzi

The Nordic Pavilion, representing Finland, Norway and Sweden, has selected David Basulto as curator for their exhibition at the 2016 Venice Biennale. Responding to Biennale director Alejandro Aravena's theme for the 2016 event, Reporting from the Front, the exhibition organized by Basulto and the Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design (ArkDes) will use Nordic architecture, urbanism and landscape architecture as "a springboard" to understand the future challenges which architecture and the built environment will face. The announcement is accompanied by an open call for completed projects that address these challenges. Selected projects will be displayed in the Sverre Fehn-designed pavilion at the Venice Biennale from May 28th to November 27th 2016.

Dania Park / Thorbjörn Andersson with Sweco Architects

05:00 - 2 December, 2015
Dania Park / Thorbjörn Andersson with Sweco Architects, © Jens Lindell
© Jens Lindell

© Eson Lindman © Jens Lindell © Eson Lindman Courtesy of Sweco Architects + Thorbjörn Andersson +16

Henning Larsen Architects Wins Competition to Design a New Forum at Lund University

06:00 - 26 November, 2015
Henning Larsen Architects Wins Competition to Design a New Forum at Lund University , Courtesy of Henning Larsen Architects
Courtesy of Henning Larsen Architects

Henning Larsen Architects has won a competition to design the new Forum Medicum, an addition to the Medical faculty at Lund University in Sweden. The 25,000 square meter space will be the “new gathering space for employees, students, researchers, and visitors,” bundling several educational fields under the larger umbrella of medical research.

The project will include a Forum that seamlessly connects the inside and outside with accessible public space, a café, restaurant, space for exhibitions, and informal learning spaces.

Courtesy of Henning Larsen Architects Courtesy of Henning Larsen Architects Courtesy of Henning Larsen Architects Courtesy of Henning Larsen Architects +12

OMA and Ole Scheeren's Interlace Named World Building of the Year 2015

13:01 - 6 November, 2015
OMA and Ole Scheeren's Interlace Named World Building of the Year 2015, World Building of the Year Winner: The Interlace (Singapore) / OMA and Ole Scheeren. Image © Iwan Baan
World Building of the Year Winner: The Interlace (Singapore) / OMA and Ole Scheeren. Image © Iwan Baan

OMA and Buro Ole Scheeren's vertical village in Singapore, The Interlace has been named the World Building of the Year 2015 at culmination of the World Architecture Festival (WAF). Celebrated for being "an example of bold, contemporary architectural thinking," as WAF Director Paul Finch described, the project is eighth building to ever win the illustrious award. It is considered to be a "radical new approach to contemporary living in a tropical environment."

Winners of the year's Future Project, Landscape, Small Project and Color Prize awards were also announced. Read on to see the who won with comments from the jury. 

Göteborg Bathing Culture / raumlabor

02:00 - 25 October, 2015
Göteborg Bathing Culture / raumlabor, Courtesy of raumlaborberlin
Courtesy of raumlaborberlin

Courtesy of raumlaborberlin Courtesy of raumlaborberlin Courtesy of raumlaborberlin Courtesy of raumlaborberlin +33

Väven Cultural Centre / White Arkitekter + Snøhetta

09:00 - 23 October, 2015
Väven Cultural Centre / White Arkitekter + Snøhetta, © Lindman
© Lindman

© Lindman © Lindman © Lindman © Lindman +39

Pavilion for Best Western Hotel Baltic / The Common Office

03:00 - 23 October, 2015
Pavilion for Best Western Hotel Baltic / The Common Office, © Mikael Olsson
© Mikael Olsson

© Mikael Olsson © Mikael Olsson © Mikael Olsson © Mikael Olsson +14