Tham & Videgård Propose Wooden High-Rise Housing for Stockholm

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Tham & Videgård Arkitekter is the latest to investigate the potential of tall wooden structures. Planned for a site in the former transport harbor of , 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.”

Summer House in Dalarna / Leo Qvarsebo

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Architects: Leo Qvarsebo
Location: Västerbyn, 770 70 Långshyttan,
Developer: Leo Qvarsebo, Mattias Granwald, Robobygg AB
Area: 90.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Leo Qvarsebo

Belatchew Arkitekter’s “HagaTwist” to be Built in Stockholm

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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.

Kjellander + Sjöberg’s Swedish Urban Block to Increase “Civic Dialogue”

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Kiruna, Sweden’s northernmost town, made international headlines last year when it was announced that the entire town would be relocated two miles to the east due to mining operations by the state-controlled company. Now, the first phase of the Kiruna square redevelopment is set to commence with a design by -based Kjellander + Sjöberg for an urban block of housing units around the town’s central square.

Kjellander + Sjöberg, along with development group Skanska, won a competition held by Municipality for the square’s regeneration. Under the moniker Fjällbäcken, the urban block responds to the idiosyncratic subarctic climate in a manner the architects describe as “sustainable in the long term.” When realized, the 2000m2 housing development will have 90 apartments and feature a host of sustainable solutions. Onsite rainwater management facilities are incorporated into the project’s planning, alongside provisions for green space and ecofriendly heating and cooling systems.

Learn more about the project and view selected images after the break.

BIG’s “Unconventional” Uppsala Power Plant Designed to Host Summer Festivals


The city of Uppsala invited BIG to design a biomass cogeneration plant that would offset its peak energy loads throughout the fall, winter and spring as part of an international competition (ultimately won by Liljewall Arkitekter). Home to Scandinavia’s oldest university and landmark cathedral, the plant proposal’s biggest challenge was to respect the city’s historic skyline. 

Considering the project’s proposed seasonal use, BIG envisioned a dual-use power plant that transcends the public perception; in the summer months, the “crystalline” proposal was designed to transform into a venue for festivals during the peak of tourism. 

Octapharma Brewery / Joliark

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Architects: Joliark
Location: Hornsbergsvägen, 112 51 ,
Architects In Charge: Hans Linnman , Cornelia Thelander
Area: 7400.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Courtesy of Torjus Dahl / Joliark

“Weight, Pride and Creativity” in Daniel Elis Karlsson and Pauline Algeröd’s “Bärande Möte”

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In the the former shipbuilding city of Gothenburg on Sweden’s west coast stands Daniel Ellis Karlsson and Pauine Algeröd’s “Bärande Möte,” a glass and concrete wind shelter and pavilion.

Concrete beams are suspended in midair by load-bearing walls, inverting the traditional structural hierarchy between the two materials and allowing uninterrupted river views. Read more about the project and view selected images after the break.

Fittja Terraces / Kjellander + Sjöberg Architects

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Architects: Kjellander + Sjöberg Architects
Location: Botkyrka,
Architect In Charge: Stefan Sjöberg
Area: 10000.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Johan Fowelin

Kafe Magasinet / Robach Arkitektur

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Location: Tredje Långgatan 7, 413 03 Göteborg,
Architect In Charge: Axel Robach
Area: 120.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Henrik Lindén

Villa Bondö / Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture

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Architects: Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture
Location: Gravsjon, 435 39 , Sweden
Design Team: Fredrik Kjellgren, Joakim Kaminsky, Sanna Johnels
Area: 250.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Mikael Olsson

Tappen / Joliark

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Architects: Joliark
Location: Mariehäll, Bromma, , Sweden
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
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 © Utopia Arkitekter

The Södermalm district of Stockholm will be receiving a unique new addition to its collection of 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 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
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Project Architects: Daniel Gerse, Max Germundsson
Year: 2014
Photographs: Peo Olsson