SOM Wins Competition for Sweden’s Tallest Tower

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

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

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 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,
Area: 17 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: David Relan

KKA Designs Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in Sweden

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In response to the rising trend of electric vehicles in , the Traffic Department in 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

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Architects: UNIT Arkitektur AB
Location: ,
Design Principals: Mikael Frej + Klas Moberg
Project Architect: Frans Magnusson
Area: 270 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: elStudio

Clarion Hotel Post / Semrén & Månsson

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Architects: Semrén & Månsson
Location: Gothenburg, Västra Götaland County,
Area: 34,000 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Krister Engström

Pagoden / Semrén & Månsson

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Architects: AB
Location: Gullbergsvass, , Sweden
Area: 10,600.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Krister Engström

Active Cranes Research Proposal / JAPA

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An industrial and harbor city divided in the north and south by the river Göta, is currently lacking a coherent relationship between the city and the river. The great differences between the north and south sides of the Göta River are in scale, function, and density. The project, proposed by JAPA, Javier Ponce Architects, re-introduces the Göta river to the citizens by means of a urban re-generation; the river seen as a green system connected with the existing landscape. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Kuggen / Wingårdh Arkitektkontor

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Architects: Wingårdh Arkitektkontor
Location: Lindholmsplatsen, Göteborg,
Architect In Charge: Gert Wingårdh and Jonas Edblad
Contractor: PEAB
Client: Chalmersfastigheter AB
Area: 5350 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Tord-Rikard Soderstrom, Lindman

Cycling Center / We Are You + Erik Hallberg

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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.

Arlevagen / Helhetshus

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Architects: Helhetshus
Location: Floda, Gothenburg,
Design Team: Pär Thurfjell, David Josefsson, Joakim Haglund, Joanna Henje, Cecilia Segerstedt
Structural Engineer: Stefan Borg, Ramböll
Project Management: Mats Nyström,
Area: Four models with a span between 127 sqm– 186 sqm
Year: 2009-2011
Photographs: Bert Leandersson

Super Sustainable City Exhibit / Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture

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At an exhibit in , architects Fredrik Kjellgren + Joakim Kaminsky from Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture have designed a sustainable city as a ”glimpse of a possible sustainable future” for .  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.