Norrmalm City District Sides with Nobel Foundation

14:00 - 4 April, 2015
Norrmalm City District Sides with Nobel Foundation, Courtesy of David Chipperfield Architects
Courtesy of David Chipperfield Architects

With opposition seemingly mounting against the Nobel Foundation’s plans to build a new, David Chipperfield-designed center along Stockholm’s Blasieholmen, advisors for Norrmalm's neighborhood management has spoke up in favor of the project believing to be an opportunity to enhance the urban fabric and make the area more family-friendly. "The administration believes that the new park should be as green as possible and that more play environments for children and youth a priority in the development of public spaces," reads the statement, highlighting the open space provided in the plan. Their response is just one of many that will help sway Stockholm’s City Planning and City Council final decision later this year. 

Opposition Mounts Against David Chipperfield's Nobel Center in Stockholm

16:45 - 1 April, 2015
Opposition Mounts Against David Chipperfield's Nobel Center in Stockholm, Courtesy of David Chipperfield Architects
Courtesy of David Chipperfield Architects

Stockholm’s City Museum (Stadsmuseet) has spoke out against David Chipperfield’s competition-winning Nobel Center, saying the design is good but not at its proposed location. The museum, whose mission is to “preserve the city’s cultural heritage,” does not believe the new center should be build along the city’s Blasieholmen, as its site is “one of the few parts of the city that still allows close interaction with the old port.” 

Furthermore, the City Museum strongly urged against the Nobel Foundation's plans to demolish the site’s three historic structures - an 1876 Axel Fredrik Nystrom-designed Customs House and the city’s last two remaining wooden harbor warehouses built in the early 1900s. Agreeing, the Liberal Party (Folkpartiet) has also spoke up, saying the proposal is “too big” and does not take “sufficient” consideration of the cultural environment and cultural heritage. 

Tham & Videgård Propose Wooden High-Rise Housing for Stockholm

19:00 - 23 March, 2015
Tham & Videgård Propose Wooden High-Rise Housing for Stockholm , © Tham & Videgård Arkitekter
© Tham & Videgård Arkitekter

Tham & Videgård Arkitekter is the latest to investigate the potential of tall wooden structures. Planned for a site in the former transport harbor of Loudden, which will soon be revived as a new urban area, the practice's mixed-use scheme proposes to integrate 240 apartments within a cluster of four wooden high-rise buildings that reach up to 20 stories. 

“The buildings are constructed entirely in one material, Swedish solid wood, from the frame to the facade, finishes and windows,” says the architects. “Through consistent use of a renewable material like wood, the result is a sustainable, well insulated and robust house structure with good potential to perform well over time, and minimize the total energy consumption.”

Belatchew Arkitekter's "HagaTwist" to be Built in Stockholm

14:00 - 8 March, 2015
Belatchew Arkitekter's "HagaTwist" to be Built in Stockholm, Courtesy of Belatchew Arkitekter
Courtesy of Belatchew Arkitekter

Named for its location at the intersection of Vasastaden and "the Haga city" of Hagastaden, Belatchew Arkitekter's "HagaTwist" has been selected by Atrium Ljungberg as the winner of an invited architectural competition for the construction of a public building in Stockholm. Envisioned as a "meeting place" for visitors, workers, and locals alike, the project will feature a flexible program and incorporate a restaurant and rooftop terrace.

Octapharma Brewery / Joliark

01:00 - 18 February, 2015
Octapharma Brewery  / Joliark, Courtesy of Torjus Dahl / Joliark
Courtesy of Torjus Dahl / Joliark
  • Architects

  • Location

    Hornsbergsvägen, 112 51 Stockholm, Sweden
  • Architects in Charge

    Hans Linnman , Cornelia Thelander
  • Area

    7400.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Courtesy of Torjus Dahl / Joliark Courtesy of Torjus Dahl / Joliark Courtesy of Torjus Dahl / Joliark Courtesy of Torjus Dahl / Joliark +23

Tappen / Joliark

01:00 - 24 January, 2015
Tappen / Joliark, © Joliark/Torjus Dahl
© Joliark/Torjus Dahl
  • Architects

  • Location

    Mariehäll, Bromma, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Architect in Charge

    Per Johanson
  • Design Team

    Stina Johansson, Amanda Hedman
  • Area

    5750.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Joliark/Torjus Dahl, Courtesy of Joliark

© Joliark/Torjus Dahl Courtesy of Joliark Courtesy of Joliark © Joliark/Torjus Dahl +23

Utopia Arkitekter Designs Apartment Block with Rooftop Park for Stockholm

00:00 - 17 January, 2015
Utopia Arkitekter Designs Apartment Block with Rooftop Park for Stockholm, One of three new housing blocks in Hornsbruksgatan. Image Courtesy of Utopia Arkitekter
One of three new housing blocks in Hornsbruksgatan. Image Courtesy of Utopia Arkitekter

The Södermalm district of Stockholm will be receiving a unique new addition to its collection of residential housing. Utopia Arkitekter has proposed a redevelopment plan along Hornsbruksgatan that will include three apartment buildings and a new metro station. In total, the plan will create 29 units: twelve apartments and seventeen town houses. Rising two to three stories above the street, the connected roofs of each of these buildings will act as an extension to the nearby Högalid Park.

Caruso St John Appointed to Renovate Asplund's Stockholm Public Library

00:00 - 5 January, 2015
Caruso St John Appointed to Renovate Asplund's Stockholm Public Library, © Flickr CC user EnDumEn
© Flickr CC user EnDumEn

The City of Stockholm has named Caruso St John, working with Swedish practice Scheiwiller Svensson, as the architects for a renovation of Gunnar Asplund's 1928 Stockholm Public Library. The work will see alterations to the interior spaces of the main building and annex, as well as the three additional "bazaars" built to the west of the original building between 1930 and 1953, however there will be no alterations to the external appearance of the building.

Read on for more about the renovation.

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

00:00 - 10 December, 2014
New Images Released of OMA's Norra Tornen Towers in Stockholm, © bloomimages
© bloomimages

UPDATE: OMA 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 Sweden.

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…

© Frans Parthesius © OMA © OMA Detail Night. Image © bloomimages +23

Renovation of Apartments in 1720s House / Studiomama

01:00 - 22 October, 2014
Renovation of  Apartments in 1720s  House / Studiomama, © Gustav Kaiser
© Gustav Kaiser
  • Architects

  • Location

    Stockholm, Sweden
  • Architect in Charge

    Robert Sandell
  • Collaboration

    Robert Sandell Arkitektkontor
  • Area

    200.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Gustav Kaiser © Gustav Kaiser © Gustav Kaiser © Gustav Kaiser +31

House Husarö / Tham & Videgård Arkitekter

01:00 - 6 October, 2014
House Husarö  / Tham & Videgård Arkitekter, ©  Ake E:son Lindman
© Ake E:son Lindman

©  Ake E:son Lindman ©  Ake E:son Lindman ©  Ake E:son Lindman ©  Ake E:son Lindman +23

Barcelona Wins Bloomberg 2014 Mayors Challenge

00:00 - 26 September, 2014
Barcelona Wins Bloomberg 2014 Mayors Challenge, © Flickr CC User Andrew Zen
© Flickr CC User Andrew Zen

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, Kirklees, 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

The New Crematorium, The Woodland Cemetery / Johan Celsing Arkitektkontor

01:00 - 22 September, 2014
© Ioana Marinescu
© Ioana Marinescu
  • Architects

  • Location

    Sockenvägen 492, 122 33 Enskede, Sweden
  • Design Team

    Stefan Andersson, Göran Marklund, Elisabet Bernsveden, Sven Etzler, Eyvind Bergström, Ibb Berglund, Tommy Carlsson, Kristina Dalberg, Marcus Eliasson, Milo Lavén, Sabina Liew! Thomas Marcks, Anna Ryf, Carl Toråker, Carl Wärn
  • Area

    3000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Erik Hugoson © Ioana Marinescu © Ioana Marinescu © Ioana Marinescu +45

Happycheap House / Tommy Carlsson

01:00 - 31 August, 2014
Happycheap House / Tommy Carlsson, © Michael Perlmutter
© Michael Perlmutter

© Michael Perlmutter © Michael Perlmutter © Michael Perlmutter © Michael Perlmutter +12

Ferry Terminal / Marge Arkitekter

01:00 - 15 July, 2014
Ferry Terminal / Marge Arkitekter, © Johan Fowelin
© Johan Fowelin
  • Architects

  • Location

    Södra Blasieholmshamnen 9, 111 48 Stockholm, Sweden
  • Area

    322.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Johan Fowelin © Johan Fowelin © Johan Fowelin © Johan Fowelin +15

HB6B / Karin Matz

01:00 - 6 June, 2014
HB6B / Karin Matz, Courtesy of Karin Matz
Courtesy of Karin Matz
  • Architects

  • Location

    Stockholm, Sweden
  • Area

    36.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Karin Matz

Courtesy of Karin Matz Courtesy of Karin Matz Courtesy of Karin Matz Courtesy of Karin Matz +36

Tele2 Arena / White arkitekter

01:00 - 27 April, 2014
© Åke E:son Lindman
© Åke E:son Lindman

© Åke E:son Lindman © Åke E:son Lindman © Åke E:son Lindman © Åke E:son Lindman +21

Chipperfield's Stockholm Nobel Centre Faces Harsh Opposition

00:00 - 16 April, 2014
Chipperfield's Stockholm Nobel Centre Faces Harsh Opposition , View towards Nybrokajen. Image Courtesy of David Chipperfield Architects
View towards Nybrokajen. Image Courtesy of David Chipperfield Architects

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 seem 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...