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 , . 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: , Sweden
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: , Sweden
Architect In Charge: Robert Sandell
Collaboration: Robert Sandell Arkitektkontor
Area: 200.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Gustav Kaiser

K + S Selected to Design New “Skärvet” Neighborhood in Växjö

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Stockholm-based Kjellander + Sjöberg Architects (K + S) has won first prize in a competition to design the “Skärvet” urban neighborhood in , . A starting point for Bäckaslöv, a long term vision for a sustainable community by developer Skanska, the new neighborhood will take shape along the railway line connecting to Norra Bergundasjon. 

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

Lidingövallen Small Football Stadium / DinellJohansson

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Architects: DinellJohansson
Location: Kyrkvägen 56, 181 42 , Sweden
Year: 2014
Photographs: Mikael Olsson

Quality Hotel Friends / Karolina Keyzer + Wingårdhs

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Architects: Karolina Keyzer, Wingårdhs
Location: Råsta Strandväg, , Sweden
Area: 21935.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Tord-Rickard Söderström, Filip Mesko

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 (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,
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
Year: 2013
Photographs: Ioana Marinescu, Erik Hugoson

Combo Competitions: Emphasis On The Idea

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Combo Competitions, an organisation founded by Swedish, London based architect , organises international idea competitions for architects, designers and students. With a gentle emphasis on the ideas presented in proposals, rather than aesthetics alone, their main driver is to promote design concepts ”where everything comes together to form a whole that is larger than the sum of its parts.”

With the increasing ease in producing “amazing renderings and images,” underling concepts can often be lost – or hidden by – a seductive final image. Combo Competitions seeks to reverse this trend by rewarding an emphasis on “well advised concepts” alongside appearance and presentation. Their latest competition, entitled Hello Nature, invites participants to explore a way of re-introducing nature into people’s consciousness.

Find out more about the competition and hear from Per Linde after the break…

Happycheap House / Tommy Carlsson

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

Hunter’s Hall / Bergersen Arkitekter

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Architects: Bergersen Arkitekter
Location: 830 15 , Sweden
Design Team: Kjetil Nordø
Area: 250.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Kjetil Nordø

Ferry Terminal / Marge Arkitekter

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

Skyttelbron Bridge / Metro Arkitekter (Sweco Architects)

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Architects: Metro Arkitekter (Sweco Architects)
Location: Centralstation, 222 21 ,
Architect In Charge: Rafael Palomo, Claes R Janson
Design Team: Karin Andersson, Alberto Tenti
Year: 2014
Photographs: Felix Gerlach, Courtesy of Rafael Palomo

3XN Chosen Over Windgardh, Arkitema to Design University Building in Sweden

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3XN has won an architectural competition – beating out WingårdhArkitema DotChristensen & CoJuul/Frost, and White – to design a new educational building for Mälardalen University in Eskilstuna (southwest of , Sweden). The project not only includes a new 18,250 square meter building, but also the renovation of a listed Modernist Public Bath Paul Hedquist. The new campus is planned to be ready in 2018. Read the architect’s description of the winning project, after the break.

SOM Wins Competition for Sweden’s Tallest Tower

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SOM, working alongside Danish practice Entasis Arkitekter, has been selected to design a new residential building in Gothenburg that will be Sweden‘s tallest tower. Coming out on top against an international shortlist that included Zaha Hadid Architects, SOM’s 230m tall proposal ‘The Pole Star’ features four connected prisms which twist 90 degrees near the top.

The competition, run by developers Serneke, called for proposals for a 32,000 square meter mixed-use masterplan, including a 200+ meter residential tower, in ’s Lindholmen area. A particular focus for the jury was for proposals to “demonstrate how the skyscraper can be integrated into the structure of the neighborhood,” adding that “the building should be a part of the area’s social and architectural context, not stand as a solitary monolith.”

Read more about the jury’s decision after the break