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Hong Kong Tops Charts as World's Most Expensive Construction Market

EC Harris’ 2013 International Construction Costs Report has named Hong Kong as the most expensive city in the world to build in. The annual study, which benchmarks building costs in 47 countries across the globe, found that relative construction costs have been affected by substantial fluctuations in currency throughout the year. Despite a stagnant economy, Europe has six of the top ten most expensive markets in this year’s report, reflecting the competitive challenge faced by the Eurozone. 

The top ten most expensive countries to build in are:

Vittra School Södermalm / Rosan Bosch

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KKA Designs Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in Sweden

In response to the rising trend of electric vehicles in Sweden, the Traffic Department in Gothenburg has commissioned Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture (KKA) to develop a vision of solar-powered charging stations for electric vehicles, bikes and scooters. With the potential of being distributed throughout the city, the resizable concept was designed with the same formal language for recognition so that the charging stations may stand as a “symbol of a more sustainable city.”

Fagerstrom House / Claesson Koivisto Rune

  • Architects: Claesson Koivisto Rune
  • Location: Edsviken, Sollentuna, Sweden
  • Project Group: Mårten Claesson, Eero Koivisto, Ola Rune, Lotti Engstrand
  • Builder: Komponent Byggen AB
  • Area: 270.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Åke E:son Lindman

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Wooden Skyscraper / Berg | C.F. Møller Architects with DinnellJohansson

For HSB Stockholm's architectural competition 2023, three teams of architects have produced innovative proposals for private residences of the future at three different locations in the centre of Stockholm. Berg | C.F. Møller's proposed design is a 34-storey skyscraper made of wood.

Berg | C.F. Møller Architects are working in partnership with architects Dinell Johansson and consultants Tyréns on their entry. The team has chosen to build upwards, and has designed a 34-storey residential building, which will be seen for miles. The building will be built over a wooden construction with a concrete core, and it is intended to give the people of Stockholm a new and characteristic beacon and meeting place in their city.

Hölick Sea Resort, Lodge No 2 / Mats Edlund & Henrietta Palmer

  • Architects: Mats Edlund & Henrietta Palmer
  • Location: Hölick, Hudiksvall, Sweden
  • Architect In Charge: Mats Edlund, Henrietta Palmer
  • Contractor: Natura Fritid AB
  • Builder: Torbjörn Andersson, Dellenhus
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Johan Cnattingius

© Johan Cnattingius © Johan Cnattingius © Johan Cnattingius © Johan Cnattingius

Wood Summit Smaland Conference

Taking place at the Virserums Art Museum June 26-27, Wood Summit Smaland is an international conference that will focus on sustainability and wood architecture. Featuring renowned guest speakers such as Jim Taggart, Sadie Morgan, Stefan Behnisch and TYIN Tegnestue, winner of Architecture of Necessity 2010, the winners of Architecture of Necessity 2013 will be announced. For more information, please visit here.

Airport City Stockholm Urban Design Strategy Proposal / Spacescape

Developed by SpacescapeAirport City Stockholm, in cooperation with Swedavia Swedish Airports (state), Sigtuna municipality, and Arlandastad Holding (private real estate), has a new urban design strategy and urban plan that envisions a unique airport city which emphasizes urban qualities and places sustainability in focus. Such rapid expansion has placed distinct demands on planning, which has resulted in this collaborative effort. Creating these foundations, along with offering the world within walking distance, will increase value and attract even more people and businesses. More images and architects' description after the break.

'Paradiset 19-21' Housing Proposal / Kjellander + Sjöberg Architects

Designed by Kjellander + Sjöberg Architects, their 'Paradiset 19-21' housing project creates a distinctive residential infill on Western Kungsholmen in central Stockholm. A distinctive addition with a strong urban identity, the project is a pliable mini-Manhattan, landing in the city block and building a vibrant streetscape with premises on the ground floor and inviting activities with an expressive urban character. More images and architects' description after the break.

Villa Wallin / Erik Andersson Architects

  • Architects: Erik Andersson Architects
  • Location: Yxlan, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Client: Mats Wallin, Petra Ryrberg
  • Budget: EUR 150,000
  • Area: 108.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Åke E-son Lindman

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Emergency Clinic + Clinic for Infectious Diseases / LINK arkitektur + CF Möller

  • Architects: LINK arkitektur, CF Möller
  • Location: Skånes universitetssjukhus, Inga Marie Nilssons gata 10, 205 02 Malmö, Sweden
  • Area: 25800.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Courtesy of LINK Arkitektur

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Wood House / UNIT Arkitektur AB

  • Architects: UNIT Arkitektur AB
  • Location: Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Design Principals: Mikael Frej + Klas Moberg
  • Project Architect: Frans Magnusson
  • Area: 270.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: elStudio

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The Future of Places Forum

The Future of Places Forum, the inspiration for our Ten Ways to Transform Cities through Placemaking & Public Spaces article published earlier this week, will open this June in Stockholm, Sweden. The forum will be hosted by UN-HABITAT, Project for Public Spaces (PPS) and the Ax:son Johnson Foundation and will be the first of three conferences leading up to Habitat III in 2016. Its overall aim is to "contribute to a New Urban Agenda around people and places" and to "highlight how and why cities need to embrace a people centered approach in order to achieve positive urbanization." The conference series will define examples of excellent urban practices from around the world as well as future projects that reflect sustainable and equitable processes which build community, enhance quality of life, and creates safe and prosperous neighborhoods.

Restaurant Farang / Futudesign

  • Architects: Futudesign
  • Location: Stockholm, Sweden
  • Architect In Charge: Restaurant Farang
  • Design Team: Risto Wikberg, Auvo Lindroos, Aleksi Niemeläinen, Iikka Airas
  • Collaborators: Megaron Arkitekter, IMEK VVS Ab, Rejlers Ingerjörer Ab, Electrolux
  • Area: 700.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Tuomas Uusheimo, Wilhelm Rejnus

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Park 1 Proposal / White

Designed by White arkitekter their Park 1 project is intended to house a traffic and emergency management center, a new fire station and a total of 1,200 new workplaces in which effective coordination will be created on an everyday basis. Located in Stockholm, the building complex inclines back from Lindhagensgatan in a generous gesture which marks the entrance while also boldly cantilevering slightly into space towards the Essingeleden highway and above all of the movement and communication at the site. More images and architects' description after the break.