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Erik Andersson Designs Carbon Fiber Pedestrian Bridge for Gothenburg

The City of Gothenburg has commissioned Erik Andersson Architects to design a new pedestrian bridge in the city's historic Haga district. The circular bridge, connecting streets Haga Kyrkogata and Arkitektgatan, will be made of carbon fiber, allowing for a narrow profile that seemingly floats over the water. It is envisioned that the landscape the crosses inside the circular form can be used as an amphitheater for riverside performances. 

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

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.

Kafe Magasinet / Robach Arkitektur

  • Architects: Robach Arkitektur
  • Location: Tredje Långgatan 7, 413 03 Göteborg, Sweden
  • Architect in Charge: Axel Robach
  • Area: 120.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Henrik Lindén

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SOM Wins Competition for Sweden's Tallest Tower

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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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...

17 / Torsten Ottesjö

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  • Architects: Torsten Ottesjö
  • Location: Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Area: 17.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: David Relan

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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.”

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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Pagoden / Semrén & Månsson AB

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© Krister Engström
  • Architects: Semrén & Månsson AB
  • Location: Gullbergsvass, Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Area: 10600.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Krister Engström

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Cycling Center / We Are You + Erik Hallberg

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Courtesy of We Are You + Erik Hallberg

Presented at the bike festival of Gothenburg just about a week ago, the Cycling Center by We Are You + Erik Hallberg aims to promote cycling and bring together different cycling communities in the city. With Gothenburg being a city strongly dominated by cars, more than other large Swedish cities, this project has started to turn this around and make Gothenburg a ‘bike city’ with role models such as Amsterdam and the neighboring and great example Copenhagen. In this work of switching over from cars to bikes, their proposed cycling stadium would act as a catalyst. To become a ‘bike city’, the perception of the bike and the cyclist among city inhabitants is crucial. More images and architects’ description after the break.

House Morran / Johannes Norlander Arkitektur

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House Tumle / Johannes Norlander Arkitektur

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Super Sustainable City Exhibit / Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture

At an exhibit in Gothenburg, architects Fredrik Kjellgren + Joakim Kaminsky from Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture have designed a sustainable city as a ”glimpse of a possible sustainable future” for Sweden.  The project, entitled Super Sustainable City, takes the analytical findings of a previous green initiaive,”Gothenburg 2050″ and presents a new “architectonic vision.”

More about the exhibit after the break.

Plastic House / Unit Arkitektur AB

  • Architects: Unit Arkitektur AB
  • Location: Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Architects: UNIT Arkitektur AB
  • Design Principal: Mikael Frej + Klas Moberg
  • Project Architects: Frans Magnusson, Anders Holmér
  • Client: Anna and Marcus
  • Floor area: 210 sqm + 105 sqm (basement)
  • Area: 210.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2007
  • Photographs: Krister Engström, Unit Arkitektur

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