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

Wooden Skyscraper from the park. Image © C.F. Møller

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

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

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Architects: John Robert Nilsson Arkitektkontor
Location: ,
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.”

Ryska Posten / Vida Arkitektkontor

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Architects:
Location: Stockholm,
Design Team: Leonardo Beccari, Erik Berndtsson, Mathias Wagmo, Ellen Westerin, Victoria Söderlindh, Timo Karasalo
Company: Ryska Posten
Area: 2,015 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Robin Hayes

Sjötorget Kindergarten / Rotstein Arkitekter

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Architects: Rotstein Arkitekter
Location: , Sweden
Team Leader: Anders Rotstein
Design Team: Katarina Bukowska, Måns Elander, Jonas Hesse, Petter Forsberg, Rickard Rotstein
Year: 2013
Photographs: Åke E:son Lindman

SeARCH Wins Urban Renewal Competition in Stockholm

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SeARCH has won an invited, international competition for the urban renewal of Marievik. Their winning proposal, STA(CK)HOLM plans to transform an area along one of central ’s main access roads, opposite the island of Södermalm and facing a new bridge by Norman Foster, into a futuristic sustainable neighborhood.

Proposals Unveiled for Nobel Prize’s New Home in Stockholm

A P(a)lace to enjoy. Image © Nobelhuset AB

BIG, OMA and SANAA are amongst 12 architectural heavyweights competing to design the Nobel Foundation’s new home in , . Currently in the competition’s first stage, the architects have submitted anonymous entries for jury review. 

Once complete, the building hopes to become one of Stockholm’s main attractions. It will not only serve as the Nobel Foundation’s primary home, but also provide facilities for research and education, as well as public exhibition spaces, a conference center, library, cafe, shop and more.

Read on for the complete list of participating architects and a sneak peak of the proposed schemes.

Wood House / Schlyter + Gezelius Arkitektkontor

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Architects: Schlyter + Gezelius Arkitektkontor
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Camilla Schlyter
Area: 60.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Luc Pages

OMA Wins Skyscraper Competition in Stockholm

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OMA has won the design competition for Tors Torn in , 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…

Wooden Skyscraper / Berg | C.F. Møller Architects

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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 . Berg | C.F. Møller’s proposed design is a 34-storey skyscraper made of wood.

Strawscraper / Belatchew Arkitektur

Strawscraper / Belatchew Arkitekter

Belatchew Arkitekter has presented a concept for transforming high-rise towers into power-generating factories.  The Swedish firm’s proposal involves covering a skyscraper with “electricity-generating bristles”.  The tower in question is ’s Söder Torn tower on Södermalm in .  Belatchew has designed a wind farm that will top the existing building with a 16-story extension, covering the facade with “hairy-looking plastic straws designed to move with the wind”.

Join us after the break for more details and images of this proposal.

Airport City Stockholm Urban Design Strategy Proposal / Spacescape

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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.

The Future of Places Forum

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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.