Holiday House Vindö / Max Holst

01:00 - 11 March, 2014
© Hannes Söderlund
© Hannes Söderlund

© Hannes Söderlund © Hannes Söderlund © Hannes Söderlund © Hannes Söderlund +20

Architects to Relocate Entire City Two Miles Over

00:00 - 6 March, 2014
'Kiruna 4-Ever' plan. Image Courtesy of White
'Kiruna 4-Ever' plan. Image Courtesy of White

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

00:00 - 2 March, 2014
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 +11

Stupet, refugium by a staircase / Petra Gipp Arkitektur

01:00 - 6 February, 2014
© Åke E:son Lindman
© Åke E:son Lindman

© Åke E:son Lindman © Åke E:son Lindman © Åke E:son Lindman © Åke E:son Lindman +22

Visiondivision Proposes Pedestrian Promenade Beneath Stockholm Bridge

01:00 - 4 February, 2014
© visiondivision
© visiondivision

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

01:00 - 20 January, 2014
© Mikael Olsson
© Mikael Olsson

© Mikael Olsson © Mikael Olsson © Mikael Olsson © Mikael Olsson +9

Aula Medica / Wingårdhs

01:00 - 10 January, 2014
© Tord-Rikard Söderström
© Tord-Rikard Söderström
  • Architects

  • Location

    Solnavägen 7, Karolinska Institutet, 171 65 Solna, Sweden
  • Architect in Charge

    Gert Wingårdh and Jonas Edblad
  • Contributors Construction Documents

    Andreas Henriksson (Project Architect), Birgitta Stenvaller, Guisli Benito, Ronja Saxberg, Viktoria Wallin, Johan Wegbrant, Per Odebäck, Kjell Nord, Ingrid Alerås, Nils Korth, Maria Olausson, Anna Palm
  • Area

    13700.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Patrik Lindell © Patrik Lindell © Patrik Lindell © Tord-Rikard Söderström +31

Chameleon Cabin / White Arkitekter

01:00 - 20 December, 2013
© Rasmus Norlander
© Rasmus Norlander

© Rasmus Norlander © Rasmus Norlander © Rasmus Norlander © Rasmus Norlander +27

Arup to Collaborate with Henning Larsen on European Spallation Source

00:00 - 15 December, 2013

C.F. Møller and DinnellJohansson's Wooden Skyscraper Wins International Competition

01:00 - 14 December, 2013
Wooden Skyscraper from the park. Image Courtesy of C.F. Møller and DinellJohansson
Wooden Skyscraper from the park. Image Courtesy of C.F. Møller and DinellJohansson

Scandinavian practice C.F. Møller Architects, in collaboration with DinellJohanssonhas been announced as winner of the HSB Stockholm architectural competition. The winning scheme includes three "ultra-modern residential high-rises" planned for Stockholm's city center. Only one of these proposals will actually be built, including the world's tallest wooden skyscraperCompletion of the chosen tower is set for 2023, the 100th anniversary of the competition organizer and Sweden's largest housing association, HSB. View the three project proposals after the break. 

Subterranean Concrete Orgy / Toki Drobnjakovic and Per Sundberg

01:00 - 28 November, 2013
Vertical Garden. Image © Per Lundström
Vertical Garden. Image © Per Lundström

The Subterranean Concrete Orgy by Toki Drobnjakovic and Per Sundberg (Per & Toki) is a reinvention of the "infamous" Blue Star building in Stockholm. The designers, looking for a new studio and office space for Studioverket, have collaborated with concrete producer Butong to realize a space of "homogenous diversity" by using a new type of concrete sealed air bubble casting. By incorporating new design features and in reinventing some of the existing, the basement space has been transformed from pornography shop to elegant studio defined by a series of unique interventions. See the changes after the break...

Villa Överby / John Robert Nilsson Arkitektkontor

01:00 - 20 November, 2013
© Åke Eson Lindman
© Åke Eson Lindman
  • Architects

  • Location

    Stockholm, Sweden
  • Design Team

    Robert Nilsson, Maria Århammar, Niklas Singstedt, Martin Zetherström, Vincenzo Cassotta
  • Landscaping

    Mikado Mark & Trädgård, Robert Forsberg
  • Contractors

    Geo Markservice AB, Eva Holmqvist (water/sewage), CSE Projekt, Henrik Nilsson (construction), Itecon AB, Eskil Stenstrand (water), Jan Fransson Elkonsult AB, Håkan Ackland (electricity)
  • Glass contractors/Suppliers

    JB Glaskonsult AB, Johan Backlund, JONI Metall & glasprojektering/ CL Specialglas, Claes Lundén
  • Building contractor

    Liljestrand Entreprenad LE AB
  • Area

    250.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

© Åke Eson Lindman © Åke Eson Lindman © Åke Eson Lindman © Åke Eson Lindman +16

Cliff Hanger / Björn Gross & Josef Wideström

01:00 - 18 November, 2013
© Krister Engström
© Krister Engström

© Krister Engström © Krister Engström © Krister Engström © Krister Engström +14

Wiklands Backe / Sandell Sandberg

01:00 - 12 November, 2013

"Marievik 15" Competition Entry / Louis Paillard Architects

01:00 - 10 November, 2013
View of Waterfront. Image Courtesy of Louis Paillard Architects
View of Waterfront. Image Courtesy of Louis Paillard Architects

Louis Paillard Architects' proposal for Marievik, a site south west of Sweden's capital, is an attempt to condense 65,000 square metres of housing, retail, restaurants and a school into just 12,000 square metres of available space through "six iconic objects." According to the architects, Stockholm is a city built "by public spaces, shared spaces, [and] parks and gardens", which led to their design "twisting itself around the void."

Ermitage / Septembre

01:00 - 7 November, 2013
© Alphonse Sarthout
© Alphonse Sarthout
  • Architects

  • Location

    Trossö, Galgamarken-Trossö, Karlskrona, Sweden
  • Design Team

    Lina Lagerström, Memia Belkaid, Sami Aloulou, Dounia Hamdouch, Emilia Jansson
  • Area

    20.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Alphonse Sarthout

© Alphonse Sarthout © Alphonse Sarthout © Alphonse Sarthout © Alphonse Sarthout +21

Green Bean / Arctic Studio

01:00 - 4 November, 2013
© Carl Ander
© Carl Ander

© Carl Ander © Carl Ander © Carl Ander © Carl Ander +13

Timrarö Vacation House / Sandell Sandberg

01:00 - 4 November, 2013
© Magnus Östh
© Magnus Östh

© Magnus Östh © Magnus Östh © Magnus Östh © Magnus Östh +12