3XN Chosen Over Windgardh, Arkitema to Design University Building in Sweden

00:00 - 26 June, 2014
3XN Chosen Over Windgardh, Arkitema to Design University Building in Sweden, © 3XN
© 3XN

3XN has won an architectural competition -- beating out WingårdhArkitema DotChristensen & CoJuul/Frost, and White -- to design a new educational building for Mälardalen University in Eskilstuna (southwest of Stockholm, Sweden). The project not only includes a new 18,250 square meter building, but also the renovation of a listed Modernist Public Bath Paul Hedquist. The new campus is planned to be ready in 2018. Read the architect's description of the winning project, after the break.

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SOM Wins Competition for Sweden's Tallest Tower

00:00 - 18 June, 2014
SOM Wins Competition for Sweden's Tallest Tower, Courtesy of Serneke
Courtesy of Serneke

SOM, working alongside Danish practice Entasis Arkitekter, has been selected to design a new residential building in Gothenburg that will be Sweden's tallest tower. Coming out on top against an international shortlist that included Zaha Hadid Architects, SOM's 230m tall proposal 'The Pole Star' features four connected prisms which twist 90 degrees near the top.

The competition, run by developers Serneke, called for proposals for a 32,000 square meter mixed-use masterplan, including a 200+ meter residential tower, in Gothenburg's Lindholmen area. A particular focus for the jury was for proposals to "demonstrate how the skyscraper can be integrated into the structure of the neighborhood," adding that "the building should be a part of the area’s social and architectural context, not stand as a solitary monolith."

Read more about the jury's decision after the break

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"Forms of Freedom: African Independence and Nordic Models" - The Nordic Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2014

00:00 - 15 June, 2014
"Forms of Freedom: African Independence and Nordic Models" - The Nordic Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2014, © Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

From the Curators. The exhibition at the Nordic Pavilion has been titled FORMS OF FREEDOM: African Independence and Nordic Models. The exhibition explores and documents how modern Nordic architecture was an integral part of Nordic aid to East Africa in the 1960s and 1970s. The resulting architecture is of a scope and quality that has not previously been comprehensively studied or exhibited.

Swedish Team Win Urban Design Competition in Trenčín

01:00 - 11 June, 2014
Swedish Team Win Urban Design Competition in Trenčín, First Place. Image Courtesy of City of Trenčín
First Place. Image Courtesy of City of Trenčín

Swedish based Mandaworks + Hosper Sweden have recently won an international competition to find the "best comprehensive urbanistic proposals for connecting the city centre of Trenčín with both waterfronts of the River Váh." The winning scheme - Tracing Trenčín - "is not a proposal which is noticeably stunning" but is, according to Thomas Matta, deputy chair of the jury, "considerate to the existing structure of the historic core of the city."

HB6B / Karin Matz

01:00 - 6 June, 2014
HB6B / Karin Matz, Courtesy of Karin Matz
Courtesy of Karin Matz
  • Architects

  • Location

    Stockholm, Sweden
  • Area

    36.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Karin Matz

Courtesy of Karin Matz Courtesy of Karin Matz Courtesy of Karin Matz Courtesy of Karin Matz +36

Dalarna Media Library / ADEPT

01:00 - 3 June, 2014
Dalarna Media Library / ADEPT, © Wilhelm Rejnus & Linus Flodin
© Wilhelm Rejnus & Linus Flodin

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The Lime Barn / Skälsö Arkitekter

01:00 - 31 May, 2014
The Lime Barn / Skälsö Arkitekter, © Anna Sundström
© Anna Sundström

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

00:00 - 28 May, 2014
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...

Building no. 8 / Skälsö Arkitekter

01:00 - 28 May, 2014
Building no. 8 / Skälsö Arkitekter, © Anna Sundström
© Anna Sundström

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City of Kiruna To Move Two Miles Over This June

00:00 - 27 May, 2014
City of Kiruna To Move Two Miles Over This June, The new city center with the salvaged bell tower. Image Courtesy of White Arkitekter
The new city center with the salvaged bell tower. Image Courtesy of White Arkitekter

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

01:00 - 26 May, 2014
Swedbank / 3XN, © Adam Mõrk
© Adam Mõrk
  • Architects

  • Location

    Landsvägen, Sundbyberg, Sweden
  • Area

    45000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Adam Mõrk © Adam Mõrk © Adam Mõrk © Adam Mõrk +26

Umeå Campus Park / Thorbjörn Andersson + Sweco Architects

01:00 - 24 May, 2014
Umeå Campus Park / Thorbjörn Andersson + Sweco Architects, Courtesy of Thorbjörn Andersson + Sweco Architects
Courtesy of Thorbjörn Andersson + Sweco Architects
  • 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 +16

Tele2 Arena / White arkitekter

01:00 - 27 April, 2014
© Åke E:son Lindman
© Åke E:son Lindman

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Mölle by the Sea / Elding Oscarson

01:00 - 23 April, 2014
Mölle by the Sea  / Elding Oscarson, © Åke E:son Lindman
© Åke E:son Lindman

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Chipperfield's Stockholm Nobel Centre Faces Harsh Opposition

00:00 - 16 April, 2014
Chipperfield's Stockholm Nobel Centre Faces Harsh Opposition , View towards Nybrokajen. Image Courtesy of David Chipperfield Architects
View towards Nybrokajen. Image Courtesy of David Chipperfield Architects

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

01:00 - 9 April, 2014
In Detail: Chipperfield’s Nobel Centre for Stockholm, View towards Nybrokajen. Image Courtesy of David Chipperfield Architects
View towards Nybrokajen. Image Courtesy of David Chipperfield Architects

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.

01:00 - 28 March, 2014
Summer House M / M.B.A., © Mikael Olsson
© Mikael Olsson
  • Architects

  • 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 +10

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

00:00 - 12 March, 2014
Venice Biennale 2014: Nordic Pavilion to Study Architecture’s Role in East African Independence, FORMS OF FREEDOM. Kenyatta International Conference Center, Nairobi, Kenya. 1966–1973. Architect: Karl Henrik Nøstvik.. Image © David Keith Jones
FORMS OF FREEDOM. Kenyatta International Conference Center, Nairobi, Kenya. 1966–1973. Architect: Karl Henrik Nøstvik.. Image © David Keith Jones

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.