New Images Released of OMA’s Norra Tornen Towers in Stockholm

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UPDATE: has released new images of the Norra Tornen project (previously named “Tors Torn”), as the close to 300 apartments planned for the residential towers have been put on the market. The ground-breaking of the Stockholm towers is currently set for May 2015. 

OMA has won the design competition for Tors Torn in Stockholm, beating out four competing practices for the opportunity to build the third tallest twin skyscrapers in .

Existing urban guidelines call for a gateway to the new Hagastaden area of Stockholm, and OMA’s proposal accommodates a mixed-use program with a set of “rough-skinned” towers. The protrusions and inversions at different heights produce an alternating pattern of indoor living spaces and protruding outdoor spaces. OMA explains that their design “challenges the expected uniformity and homogenous façade treatment that is often assigned to tower structures. Instead, it extends the skin to expose the individuality of the separate living units in the two blocks – a true vertical, urban agglomeration.”

More on OMA’s winning proposal after the break…

Renovation of Apartments in 1720s House / Studiomama

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Architects: Studiomama
Location: Stockholm,
Architect In Charge: Robert Sandell
Collaboration: Robert Sandell Arkitektkontor
Area: 200.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Gustav Kaiser

House Husarö / Tham & Videgård Arkitekter

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Architects: Tham & Videgård Arkitekter
Location: Stockholm,
Architect In Charge: Martin Videgård
Area: 180.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Ake E:son Lindman

Barcelona Wins Bloomberg 2014 Mayors Challenge

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Bloomberg Philanthropies has awarded its 2014 Mayors Challenge to Barcelona, selecting its plan to deal with the problems of an ageing population over the proposals of 20 other European cities shortlisted earlier this year. The award, developed to promote the most creative and transferable solutions to intractable social problems such as public health, unemployment and transportation, carries a €5 million prize for Barcelona to put toward implementing the plan. In addition, four runners-up – Athens, , Stockholm and Warsaw - will also receive €1 million each for their own plans.

“To meet the biggest challenges of the 21st century, city leaders must think creatively and be unafraid to try new things – and the Mayors Challenge is designed to help them do that,” said Michael Bloomberg, former mayor of New York City and founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies.

Read on after the break to learn more about the proposals of Barcelona and the four runners-up

Spotlight: Gunnar Asplund

As a professor of architecture at the Royal Institute of Technology and often cited for his contributions to Nordic Classicism, Swedish architect Gunnar Asplund (September 22 1885 – 20 October 1940) was a notable theorist on the most important architectural challenges of his time, first exemplified by his lecture entitled “Our architectonic concept of space.”

The New Crematorium, The Woodland Cemetery / Johan Celsing Arkitektkontor

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Architects: Johan Celsing Arkitektkontor
Location: Sockenvägen 492, 122 33 Enskede, Sweden
Design Team: Stefan Andersson, Göran Marklund, Elisabet Bernsveden, Sven Etzler, Eyvind Bergström, Ibb Berglund, , Kristina Dalberg, Marcus Eliasson, Milo Lavén, Sabina Liew! Thomas Marcks, Anna Ryf, Carl Toråker, Carl Wärn
Area: 3000.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Ioana Marinescu, Erik Hugoson

Happycheap House / Tommy Carlsson

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Architects: Tommy Carlsson
Location: ,
Area: 110.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Michael Perlmutter

Ferry Terminal / Marge Arkitekter

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Architects: Marge Arkitekter
Location: Södra Blasieholmshamnen, Stockholm,
Area: 322 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Johan Fowelin

HB6B / Karin Matz

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Architects: Karin Matz
Location: , Sweden
Area: 36.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Karin Matz

Tele2 Arena / White arkitekter

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Architects: White arkitekter
Location: Tele2 Arena, Arenaslingan 14, 121 77 Johanneshov, Sweden
Lead Architects: Fredrik Källström, Monica von Schmalensee
Year: 2013
Photographs: Åke E:son Lindman, Thomas Zaar

Chipperfield’s Stockholm Nobel Centre Faces Harsh Opposition

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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 are 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

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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… 

Visiondivision Proposes Pedestrian Promenade Beneath Stockholm Bridge

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With minimal intervention, Swedish architecture firm visiondivision claims that the underused structure beneath ’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.

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

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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

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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

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Architects: John Robert Nilsson Arkitektkontor
Location: Stockholm,
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
Year: 2009
Photographs: Åke Eson Lindman, John Robert Nilsson

Chipperfield Among 3 Competing for Stockholm’s Nobel Prize Headquarters

A P(a)lace to Enjoy / Wingårdh Arkitektkontor AB. Image © Nobelhuset AB

Out of the 11 high-profile, anonymous entries shortlisted in early October, only 3 are still in the running to design the ’s new headquarters in Blasieholmen.

With completion aimed for 2018, the Nobel Center plans to become on of Stockholm’s most attractive destinations. Not only will the Center’s large auditorium host the annual Award Ceremony, but it will offer key amenities to serve its surrounding public; In addition to a library, restaurant and retail shop, the Center will include spaces for exhibitions, school programs, events, and interdisciplinary meetings.

The proposals, listed in no particular order, are:

“Marievik 15″ Competition Entry / Louis Paillard Architects

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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.”