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Kjellander + Sjöberg Take First Place with Rosendal Apartments

Kjellander + Sjöberg has won first place in a land transfer competition for Uppsala Municipality. Tasked with the transformation of a city block next to Uppsala’s central square, the architects created an inviting complex of timber apartments surrounding a communal courtyard. Designed to foster a sense of community among residents, the Rosendal complex is, as the project’s architects state, “full of character and unlike anything else.”

Kollaskolan School / Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture

  • Architects: Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture
  • Location: Kungsbacka, Sweden
  • Design Team: Fredrik Kjellgren, Joakim Kaminsky, Michael Tuuling, Joti Weijers-Coghlan, Mélia Parizel, Maria Syrén, Michele Pascucci, Gaby Andersson, Paulina Kaluzna, Paco Pomares, Sanna Johnels, Sofia Wendel, Marta Menéndez, Sandra Nygren
  • Partners: Ramböll, 02 Landskap, Anna Törnqvist
  • Area: 4500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Mikael Olsson

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Utopia Arkitekter's "Jewel" Selected in Uppsala Travel Centre Contest

Stockholm-based practice Utopia Arkitekter has been selected to design a new travel centre in Uppsala after their "sculptural, eye-catching jewel of a building" won the municipal design contest. Featuring a travel centre, fitness centre and restaurant on the lower floors and offices in the floors above, the building aims for LEED Platinum certification. The design revolves around the incorporation of bicycles, providing commuters with extensive bicycle parking facilities as well as changing room and shower facilities for a convenient transfer from bicycle to train.

More on the design after the break

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JAJA Wins Second Prize for Swedish Housing and Market Hall Hybrid

JAJA Architects has won second prize in an open competition for a combined affordable housing and market hall in the heart of Katrineholm, Sweden. Designed for a site currently occupied by an arcade and bus stop, the hybrid proposal, known as "Torghallen," focuses on reconnecting two open plazas by devoting the ground floor to the public. 

The jury, which selected JAJA’s design ahead of 135 other proposals, stated: “The clear concept of a light building that touches the ground in few points creates a strong connection and transparency between the surrounding urban spaces.”

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Tengbom Prepares to Break Ground on New Trail Center in Kungälv

Tengbom is preparing to break ground on their competition-winning proposal “Kotten” (The Pinecone) in the Fontin area of Kungälv municipality. Following the destruction of the old trail centre in a fire in 2013, Kungälv municipality arranged an architectural competition for a new, modern trail centre in the Fontin area.

NORD Wins Competition to Design Marine Education Center in Malmö

NORD Architects has released designs for a new Marine Education Centre in Malmö, Sweden. The Copenhagen-based practice, awarded the commission through an invited competition, hopes to “blur the distinction between architecture and landscape” with a facility that helps users gain a “deeper understanding of marine life.”

“With the changing climate, rising oceans and increased severity of cloudbursts, there is a need more than ever to understand the profound influence that marine life and the oceans have on our lives”, says Johannes Molander Pedersen, partner at NORD Architects.

Öijared Hotel / Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture

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Renovation of Apartments in 1720s House / Studiomama

  • Architects: Studiomama
  • Location: Stockholm, Sweden
  • Architect in Charge: Robert Sandell
  • Collaboration: Robert Sandell Arkitektkontor
  • Area: 200.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Gustav Kaiser

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K + S Selected to Design New “Skärvet” Neighborhood in Växjö

Stockholm-based Kjellander + Sjöberg Architects (K + S) has won first prize in a competition to design the “Skärvet” urban neighborhood in Växjö, Sweden. A starting point for Bäckaslöv, a long term vision for a sustainable community by developer Skanska, the new neighborhood will take shape along the railway line connecting Växjö to Norra Bergundasjon. 

Lidingövallen Small Football Stadium / DinellJohansson

  • Architects: DinellJohansson
  • Location: Kyrkvägen 56, 181 42 Lidingö, Sweden
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Mikael Olsson

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Combo Competitions: Emphasis On The Idea

Combo Competitions, an organisation founded by Swedish, London based architect Per Linde, organises international idea competitions for architects, designers and students. With a gentle emphasis on the ideas presented in proposals, rather than aesthetics alone, their main driver is to promote design concepts "where everything comes together to form a whole that is larger than the sum of its parts."

With the increasing ease in producing "amazing renderings and images," underling concepts can often be lost - or hidden by - a seductive final image. Combo Competitions seeks to reverse this trend by rewarding an emphasis on "well advised concepts" alongside appearance and presentation. Their latest competition, entitled Hello Nature, invites participants to explore a way of re-introducing nature into people’s consciousness.

Find out more about the competition and hear from Per Linde after the break...