Tappen / Joliark

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Architects: Joliark
Location: Mariehäll, Bromma, ,
Architect In Charge: Per Johanson
Design Team: Stina Johansson, Amanda Hedman
Area: 5750.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Joliark/Torjus Dahl, Courtesy of Joliark

The Greenest City Hall in Sweden / Christensen & Co Architects

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Architects: Christensen & Co Architects
Location:
Area: 13500.0 sqm
Photographs: Adam Mørk

Utopia Arkitekter Designs Apartment Block with Rooftop Park for Stockholm

One of three new housing blocks in Hornsbruksgatan. Image ©

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.

The Cathedral / Petra Gipp Arkitektur

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Architects: Petra Gipp Arkitektur
Location: Mjärdevi Science Park, 583 30 Linköping,
Collaborators: Petra Gipp, Maria Videgård, Malin Heyman, Solmaz Beik, Jasmien Wouters
Year: 2014
Photographs: Björn Sandlund, Åke E:son Lindman

Images from the 25th Annual ICEHOTEL

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Every year for the past 25 years, the Swedish town of Jukkasjärvi has erected its famous ICEHOTEL. Built almost entirely from the ice of the nearby Torne river, the building begins to take shape in October and is ready for business by December. Fifty thousand people visit annually, many choosing to stay overnight in the rooms which maintain a balmy air temperature of 17ºF. The sculptural and often ornate design of the building’s “art suites” is the work of handpicked artists from around the world, and is one of the most popular aspects of staying at the hotel. See photos from this year’s suites, and learn more about ICEHOTEL’s construction, after the break.

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

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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.

Villa J / Johan Sundberg

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Architects: Johan Sundberg
Location: 236 35 Kämpinge,
Project Architects: Maria Mauléon Lundberg, Andreas Amasalidis, Staffan Rosvall, Marcus Andäng
Year: 2013
Photographs: Markus Linderoth

Sommarhus Akenine / Johan Sundberg

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Architects: Johan Sundberg
Location: , Sweden
Chief Architect:
Project Architects: Daniel Gerse, Max Germundsson
Year: 2014
Photographs: Peo Olsson

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

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

Kjellander + Sjöberg Take First Place with Rosendal Apartments

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Kjellander + Sjöberg has won first place in a land transfer competition for Uppsala Municipality. Tasked with the transformation of a city block next to Uppsala’s central square, the architects created an inviting complex of timber apartments surrounding a communal courtyard. Designed to foster a sense of community among residents, the Rosendal complex is, as the project’s architects state, “full of character and unlike anything else.”

Kollaskolan School / Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture

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Architects: Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture
Location: Kungsbacka, Sweden
Design Team: Fredrik Kjellgren, Joakim Kaminsky, Michael Tuuling, Joti Weijers-Coghlan, Mélia Parizel, Maria Syrén, Michele Pascucci, Gaby Andersson, Paulina Kaluzna, Paco Pomares, Sanna Johnels, Sofia Wendel, Marta Menéndez, Sandra Nygren
Partners: Ramböll, 02 Landskap, Anna Törnqvist
Area: 4500.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Mikael Olsson

Utopia Arkitekter’s “Jewel” Selected in Uppsala Travel Centre Contest

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Stockholm-based practice Utopia Arkitekter has been selected to design a new travel centre in Uppsala after their “sculptural, eye-catching jewel of a building” won the municipal design contest. Featuring a travel centre, fitness centre and restaurant on the lower floors and offices in the floors above, the building aims for LEED Platinum certification. The design revolves around the incorporation of bicycles, providing commuters with extensive bicycle parking facilities as well as changing room and shower facilities for a convenient transfer from bicycle to train.

More on the design after the break

Råå Day Care Center / Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter

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Architects: Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter
Location: Kustgatan 1, 252 70 Råå,
Area: 525.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Adam Mørk

JAJA Wins Second Prize for Swedish Housing and Market Hall Hybrid

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JAJA Architects has won second prize in an open competition for a combined affordable housing and market hall in the heart of , Sweden. Designed for a site currently occupied by an arcade and bus stop, the hybrid proposal, known as “Torghallen,” focuses on reconnecting two open plazas by devoting the ground floor to the public. 

The jury, which selected JAJA’s design ahead of 135 other proposals, stated: “The clear concept of a light building that touches the ground in few points creates a strong connection and transparency between the surrounding urban spaces.”

Tengbom Prepares to Break Ground on New Trail Center in Kungälv

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Tengbom is preparing to break ground on their competition-winning proposal “Kotten” (The Pinecone) in the Fontin area of Kungälv municipality. Following the destruction of the old trail centre in a fire in 2013, Kungälv municipality arranged an architectural competition for a new, modern trail centre in the Fontin area.

NORD Wins Competition to Design Marine Education Center in Malmö

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NORD Architects has released designs for a new Marine Education Centre in Malmö, . The Copenhagen-based practice, awarded the commission through an invited competition, hopes to “blur the distinction between architecture and landscape” with a facility that helps users gain a “deeper understanding of marine life.”

“With the changing climate, rising oceans and increased severity of cloudbursts, there is a need more than ever to understand the profound influence that marine life and the oceans have on our lives”, says Johannes Molander Pedersen, partner at NORD Architects.

Öijared Hotel / Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture

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Architects: Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture
Location: ,
Area: 2300.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Åke E:son Lindman

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