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 Courtesy of C.F. Møller and

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: , 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
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 Nobel Foundation’s new headquarters in Blasieholmen.

With completion aimed for 2018, the Nobel Center plans to become on of ’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: Stockholm,
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 ’s new home in Blasieholmen, . 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

Wooden Skyscraper / Berg | C.F. Møller Architects with DinnellJohansson

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

Berg | C.F. Møller Architects are working in partnership with architects Dinell Johansson and consultants Tyréns on their entry. The team has chosen to build upwards, and has designed a 34-storey residential building, which will be seen for miles. The building will be built over a wooden construction with a concrete core, and it is intended to give the people of Stockholm a new and characteristic beacon and meeting place in their city.

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.

Restaurant Farang / Futudesign

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Architects: Futudesign
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Restaurant Farang
Design Team: Risto Wikberg, Auvo Lindroos, Aleksi Niemeläinen, Iikka Airas
Collaborators: Megaron Arkitekter, IMEK VVS Ab, Rejlers Ingerjörer Ab, Electrolux
Area: 700 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Tuomas Uusheimo, Wilhelm Rejnus

Park 1 Proposal / White

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Designed by White arkitekter their Park 1 project is intended to house a traffic and emergency management center, a new fire station and a total of 1,200 new workplaces in which effective coordination will be created on an everyday basis. Located in , the building complex inclines back from Lindhagensgatan in a generous gesture which marks the entrance while also boldly cantilevering slightly into space towards the Essingeleden highway and above all of the movement and communication at the site. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Årstafältet Housing Proposal / GRAD Arkitekter

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GRAD Arkitekter shared with us their proposal for a housing block in the now unbuilt area of Årstafältet, a southern suburb of . Once finished, this area will house approximately 10,000 inhabitants. To secure this variation, the city proposes that each block is divided in two halves, with a team of a contractor and an architecture team responsible for every half.  The basic design principle of their block is to shift and tilt four buildings in relation to one another, to create interesting views and a good flow of natural light. More images and architects’ description after the break.