BIG's “Unconventional” Uppsala Power Plant Designed to Host Summer Festivals

19:00 - 26 February, 2015
Courtesy of BIG
Courtesy of BIG

The city of Uppsala invited BIG to design a biomass cogeneration plant that would offset its peak energy loads throughout the fall, winter and spring as part of an international competition (ultimately won by Liljewall Arkitekter). Home to Scandinavia’s oldest university and landmark Uppsala cathedral, the plant proposal’s biggest challenge was to respect the city’s historic skyline. 

Considering the project’s proposed seasonal use, BIG envisioned a dual-use power plant that transcends the public perception; in the summer months, the “crystalline” proposal was designed to transform into a venue for festivals during the peak of tourism. 

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Octapharma Brewery / Joliark

01:00 - 18 February, 2015
Octapharma Brewery  / Joliark, Courtesy of Torjus Dahl / Joliark
Courtesy of Torjus Dahl / Joliark
  • Architects

  • Location

    Hornsbergsvägen, 112 51 Stockholm, Sweden
  • Architects in Charge

    Hans Linnman , Cornelia Thelander
  • Area

    7400.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

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"Weight, Pride and Creativity" in Daniel Elis Karlsson and Pauline Algeröd's "Bärande Möte"

00:00 - 8 February, 2015
"Weight, Pride and Creativity" in Daniel Elis Karlsson and Pauline Algeröd's "Bärande Möte", © Daniel Elis Karlsson
© Daniel Elis Karlsson

In the the former shipbuilding city of Gothenburg on Sweden's west coast stands Daniel Ellis Karlsson and Pauine Algeröd's "Bärande Möte," a glass and concrete wind shelter and pavilion.

Concrete beams are suspended in midair by load-bearing glass walls, inverting the traditional structural hierarchy between the two materials and allowing uninterrupted river views. Read more about the project and view selected images after the break.

Fittja Terraces / Kjellander + Sjöberg Architects

01:00 - 5 February, 2015
Fittja Terraces / Kjellander + Sjöberg Architects , © Johan Fowelin
© Johan Fowelin

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Kafe Magasinet / Robach Arkitektur

01:00 - 1 February, 2015
Kafe Magasinet / Robach Arkitektur, © Henrik Lindén
© Henrik Lindén
  • Architects

  • Location

    Tredje Långgatan 7, 413 03 Göteborg, Sweden
  • Architect in Charge

    Axel Robach
  • Area

    120.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Henrik Lindén © Henrik Lindén © Henrik Lindén © Henrik Lindén +10

Villa Bondö / Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture

01:00 - 31 January, 2015
Villa Bondö / Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture, © Mikael Olsson
© Mikael Olsson

© Mikael Olsson © Mikael Olsson © Mikael Olsson © Mikael Olsson +16

Tappen / Joliark

01:00 - 24 January, 2015
Tappen / Joliark, © Joliark/Torjus Dahl
© Joliark/Torjus Dahl
  • Architects

  • Location

    Mariehäll, Bromma, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Architect in Charge

    Per Johanson
  • Design Team

    Stina Johansson, Amanda Hedman
  • Area

    5750.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Joliark/Torjus Dahl, Courtesy of Joliark

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The Greenest City Hall in Sweden / Christensen & Co Architects

01:00 - 19 January, 2015
The Greenest City Hall in Sweden / Christensen & Co Architects, © Adam Mørk
© Adam Mørk

© Adam Mørk © Adam Mørk © Adam Mørk © Adam Mørk +18

Utopia Arkitekter Designs Apartment Block with Rooftop Park for Stockholm

00:00 - 17 January, 2015
Utopia Arkitekter Designs Apartment Block with Rooftop Park for Stockholm, One of three new housing blocks in Hornsbruksgatan. Image Courtesy of Utopia Arkitekter
One of three new housing blocks in Hornsbruksgatan. Image Courtesy of Utopia Arkitekter

The Södermalm district of Stockholm will be receiving a unique new addition to its collection of residential housing. Utopia Arkitekter has proposed a redevelopment plan along Hornsbruksgatan that will include three apartment buildings and a new metro station. In total, the plan will create 29 units: twelve apartments and seventeen town houses. Rising two to three stories above the street, the connected roofs of each of these buildings will act as an extension to the nearby Högalid Park.

The Cathedral / Petra Gipp Arkitektur

01:00 - 16 January, 2015
The Cathedral / Petra Gipp Arkitektur, © Björn Sandlund
© Björn Sandlund

The cathedral, an inventor's workshop for audiovisual design, forms a building that operates in the field of tension between two different landscapes, both as form and as idea.

Images from the 25th Annual ICEHOTEL

00:00 - 7 January, 2015
Images from the 25th Annual ICEHOTEL, Courtesy of ICEHOTEL
Courtesy of ICEHOTEL

Every year for the past 25 years, the Swedish town of Jukkasjärvi has erected its famous ICEHOTEL. Built almost entirely from the ice of the nearby Torne river, the building begins to take shape in October and is ready for business by December. Fifty thousand people visit annually, many choosing to stay overnight in the rooms which maintain a balmy air temperature of 17ºF. The sculptural and often ornate design of the building's "art suites" is the work of handpicked artists from around the world, and is one of the most popular aspects of staying at the hotel. See photos from this year’s suites, and learn more about ICEHOTEL's construction, after the break.

Caruso St John Appointed to Renovate Asplund's Stockholm Public Library

00:00 - 5 January, 2015
Caruso St John Appointed to Renovate Asplund's Stockholm Public Library, © Flickr CC user EnDumEn
© Flickr CC user EnDumEn

The City of Stockholm has named Caruso St John, working with Swedish practice Scheiwiller Svensson, as the architects for a renovation of Gunnar Asplund's 1928 Stockholm Public Library. The work will see alterations to the interior spaces of the main building and annex, as well as the three additional "bazaars" built to the west of the original building between 1930 and 1953, however there will be no alterations to the external appearance of the building.

Read on for more about the renovation.

Villa J / Johan Sundberg

01:00 - 2 January, 2015
Villa J / Johan Sundberg, © Markus Linderoth
© Markus Linderoth
  • Architects

  • Location

    236 35 Kämpinge, Sweden
  • Project architects

    Maria Mauléon Lundberg, Andreas Amasalidis, Staffan Rosvall, Marcus Andäng
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Markus Linderoth © Markus Linderoth © Markus Linderoth © Markus Linderoth +32

Sommarhus Akenine / Johan Sundberg

01:00 - 30 December, 2014
Sommarhus Akenine / Johan Sundberg, © Peo Olsson
© Peo Olsson
  • Architects

  • Location

    Beddingestrand, Sweden
  • Chief architect

    Johan Sundberg
  • Project architects

    Daniel Gerse, Max Germundsson
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Peo Olsson © Peo Olsson © Peo Olsson © Peo Olsson +24

New Images Released of OMA's Norra Tornen Towers in Stockholm

00:00 - 10 December, 2014
New Images Released of OMA's Norra Tornen Towers in Stockholm, © bloomimages
© bloomimages

UPDATE: OMA has released new images of the Norra Tornen project (previously named “Tors Torn”), as the close-to 300 apartments planned for the residential towers have been put on the market. The ground-breaking of the Stockholm towers is currently set for May 2015. 

OMA has won the design competition for Tors Torn in Stockholm, beating out four competing practices for the opportunity to build the third tallest twin skyscrapers in Sweden.

Existing urban guidelines call for a gateway to the new Hagastaden area of Stockholm, and OMA’s proposal accommodates a mixed-use program with a set of “rough-skinned” towers. The protrusions and inversions at different heights produce an alternating pattern of indoor living spaces and protruding outdoor spaces. OMA explains that their design “challenges the expected uniformity and homogenous façade treatment that is often assigned to tower structures. Instead, it extends the skin to expose the individuality of the separate living units in the two blocks - a true vertical, urban agglomeration."

More on OMA’s winning proposal after the break…

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Kjellander + Sjöberg Take First Place with Rosendal Apartments

00:00 - 6 December, 2014
Kjellander + Sjöberg Take First Place with Rosendal Apartments, Street View of Exterior. Image Courtesy of Kjellander + Sjöberg
Street View of Exterior. Image Courtesy of Kjellander + Sjöberg

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

01:00 - 4 December, 2014
Kollaskolan School / Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture, © Mikael Olsson
© Mikael Olsson
  • Architects

  • 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 © Mikael Olsson © Mikael Olsson © Mikael Olsson +17

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

01:00 - 30 November, 2014
Utopia Arkitekter's "Jewel" Selected in Uppsala Travel Centre Contest, Courtesy of Utopia Arkitekter
Courtesy of Utopia Arkitekter

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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