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The Lime Barn / Skälsö Arkitekter

  • Architects: Skälsö Arkitekter
  • Location: 624 64 Bungenäs, Sweden
  • Client: Bungenäs Kalkbrott AB
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Anna Sundström, Bruno Ehrs

© Anna Sundström © Bruno Ehrs © Anna Sundström © Anna Sundström

Zaha Hadid and SOM Among 5 Competing to Design Scandinavia’s Tallest Tower

Proposal #1: “Ursa” (214 meters). Image Courtesy of Serneke
Proposal #1: “Ursa” (214 meters). Image Courtesy of Serneke

Zaha Hadid Architects, SOM, Ian Simpson Architects, Manuelle Gautrand Architects, and Wingårdhs Arkitektkontor are all competing to design what will be the tallest tower in Scandinavia. Submitted anonymously, the five shortlisted proposals have just been unveiled by Serneke, who has envisioned the skyscraper as an integral piece to a larger 32,000 square meter mixed-use masterplan in Gothenburg that has been in the making for more than ten years. 

Check out each shortlisted design, after the break...

City of Kiruna To Move Two Miles Over This June

Officials announced this week that, starting in June, the city of Kiruna, Sweden will begin to migrate. Founded in 1900, the town is the product of Sweden’s largest state-owned mining company, LKAB. The company extracts iron from the nearby Kirunavaara mountainside, and now the expansion of the mines threatens to destabilize the ground beneath 3,000 homes as well as many of the town’s municipal buildings. 

The 100-year master plan put forth by White Arkitekter, in collaboration with Ghilardi + Hellsten Arkitetker, calls for the city to expand two miles eastward along a linear axis. This new plan will rebuild the town on solid ground, retain its historical and cultural presence, and slowly wean it off its dependency on the mining industry by opening the community up to new businesses.

Swedbank / 3XN

  • Architects: 3XN
  • Location: Landsvägen, Sundbyberg, Sweden
  • Area: 45000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Adam Mõrk

© Adam Mõrk © Adam Mõrk © Adam Mõrk © Adam Mõrk

Umeå Campus Park / Thorbjörn Andersson + Sweco Architects

  • Architects: Thorbjörn Andersson, Sweco Architects
  • Location: Umeå, Sweden
  • Design Team: Staffan Sundström, Emma Pettersson, Mikael Johansson
  • Area: 23000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Thorbjörn Andersson + Sweco Architects

Courtesy of Thorbjörn Andersson + Sweco Architects Courtesy of Thorbjörn Andersson + Sweco Architects Courtesy of Thorbjörn Andersson + Sweco Architects Courtesy of Thorbjörn Andersson + Sweco Architects

Chipperfield's Stockholm Nobel Centre Faces Harsh Opposition

Within days of David Chipperfield being appointed to design the Nobel Foundation’s new home in Stockholm, heritage protesters began to assemble a campaign to prevent the project from fruition. 

Declaring they are “opposed to star-architects constructing their angular spectacles of glass and steel right in the middle of the protected historic environment, as monuments to themselves, at our expense and the city’s,” as stated in an online petition, the protesters seem particularly upset that the project would require the demolition of multiple historic structures. Thousands have even joined a Facebook group to voice disapproval. 

However, despite the backlash, the Nobel Foundation refuses to bow down and believes the protest will not succeed

More on the protest, and structures slated for demolition, after the break...

In Detail: Chipperfield’s Nobel Centre for Stockholm

As we announced earlier, David Chipperfield Architects’ modest proposal for the Nobel Center’s new home in Stockholm has been announced as the winning submission of the Nobel Foundation’s prestigious international competition. Lauded by the jury for its “lightness and openness,” Chipperfield envisioned the glass and stone proposal to “convey dignity” and embody the ideals of the Nobel Prize so it may serve as inspiration for generations to come. 

Detailed drawings, images and quotes from the architect, after the break... 

Summer House M / M.B.A.

  • Architects: M.B.A.
  • Location: Bohusläns Museum, Museigatan 1, 451 50 Uddevalla, Sweden
  • Architect in Charge: Mikael Bergquist
  • Landscape: Per Axelsson
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Mikael Olsson

© Mikael Olsson © Mikael Olsson © Mikael Olsson © Mikael Olsson

Venice Biennale 2014: Nordic Pavilion to Study Architecture’s Role in East African Independence

The National Museum in Norway has been chosen to curate the Nordic Pavilion for the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, in collaboration with the Museum of Finnish Architecture, the Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design in Stockholm, and architectural firm Space Group. The exhibition, “FORMS OF FREEDOM: African Independence and Nordic Models” will study modern Nordic architecture’s role in the liberation of East Africa during the 1960s and 70s. 

Holiday House Vindö / Max Holst

© Hannes Söderlund © Hannes Söderlund © Hannes Söderlund © Hannes Söderlund

Architects to Relocate Entire City Two Miles Over

UPDATE: The BBC reports that construction on the Kiruna re-location is scheduled to begin next month. For more on this extraordinary project, read the article below. 

Everyone is familiar with the stresses of moving to a new house, but the residents of Kiruna, a small town of 18,000 in Sweden, face a more daunting task: moving their entire city.

For more than 100 years, residents of Kiruna have developed their city center around the world's largest iron mine, operated by the state-controlled company, Luossavaara-Kiirunavaara AB (LKAB). In 2004, LKAB determined that to continue extracting iron would mean digging deeper, unsettling the ground beneath 3,000 homes as well as the city hall, train station, and century-old church.

A Place to Chill: Sweden's Ice Hotel

Before the Big Bang Suite by artists Rob Harding & Timsam Harding. Image © Christopher Hauser
Before the Big Bang Suite by artists Rob Harding & Timsam Harding. Image © Christopher Hauser

The IceHotel, a hotel in Jukkasjärvi in Northern Sweden that melts back into the Torne River and is rebuilt each year, is currently in the design phase for next winter. But there's a new twist: next year guests are able to collaborate with artists to design a suite that is bespoke to their individual tastes. The price tag is admittedly rather steep, and those going for this option can expect "one of the most expensive hotel rooms in the world", according to the press release.

Is it worth it? Why don't you decide for yourself - images from this winter's hotel are after the break!

The It's Alive Suite by artists Karl-Johan Ekeroth & Christian Strömqvist. Image © Christopher Hauser The Bedtime Story Suite by artists Wilfred Stijge & Edith van de Wetering. Image © Paulina Holmgren The Blue Marine Suite, by artists William Blomstrand & Andrew Winch. Image © Paulina Holmgren The Dragon Residence Suite by artists Dorjsuren Lkhagvadorj & Bazarsad Bayarsaikhan. Image © Paulina Holmgren

Stupet, refugium by a staircase / Petra Gipp Arkitektur

© Åke E:son Lindman © Åke E:son Lindman © Åke E:son Lindman © Åke E:son Lindman

Visiondivision Proposes Pedestrian Promenade Beneath Stockholm Bridge

With minimal intervention, Swedish architecture firm visiondivision claims that the underused structure beneath Stockholm’s Tranebergsbron bridge could be transformed into a pedestrian walkway and informal cinema. If built, this proposal would not only remove pedestrians from the dismal walking space provided alongside the bridge’s bustling car lanes, but it would also dramatically shorten the walking distance between the city island of Kungsholmen and western suburb of Bromma.

Sauna / General Architecture

  • Architects: General Architecture
  • Location: Stockholm archipelago, Sweden
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Mikael Olsson

© Mikael Olsson © Mikael Olsson © Mikael Olsson © Mikael Olsson