The Lime Barn / Skälsö Arkitekter

© Anna Sundström

Architects: Skälsö Arkitekter
Location: 624 64 ,
Client: Bungenäs Kalkbrott AB
Year: 2013
Photographs: Anna Sundström, Bruno Ehrs

Zaha Hadid and SOM Among 5 Competing to Design Scandinavia’s Tallest Tower

Proposal #1: “Ursa” (214 meters). Image Courtesy of Serneke

Zaha Hadid Architects, SOM, Ian Simpson Architects, Manuelle Gautrand Architects, and Wingårdhs Arkitektkontor are all competing to design what will be the tallest tower in Scandinavia. Submitted anonymously, the five shortlisted proposals have just been unveiled by Serneke, who has envisioned the skyscraper as an integral piece to a larger 32,000 square meter mixed-use masterplan in that has been in the making for more than ten years.

Check out each shortlisted design, after the break…

Building no. 8 / Skälsö Arkitekter

© Anna Sundström

Architects: Skälsö Arkitekter
Location: 624 64 ,
Area: 55.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Anna Sundström

City of Kiruna To Move Two Miles Over This June

The new city center with the salvaged bell tower. Image Courtesy of White Arkitekter

Officials announced this week that, starting in June, the city of Kiruna, Sweden will begin to migrate. Founded in 1900, the town is the product of ’s largest state-owned mining company, LKAB. The company extracts iron from the nearby Kirunavaara mountainside, and now the of the mines threatens to destabilize the ground beneath 3,000 homes as well as many of the town’s municipal buildings.

The 100-year master plan put forth by White Arkitekter, in collaboration with Ghilardi + Hellsten Arkitetker, calls for the city to expand two miles eastward along a linear axis. This new plan will rebuild the town on solid ground, retain its historical and cultural presence, and slowly wean it off its dependency on the mining industry by opening the community up to new businesses.

Swedbank / 3XN

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Architects: 3XN
Location: Landsvägen, ,
Area: 45000.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Adam Mõrk

Umeå Campus Park / Thorbjörn Andersson + Sweco Architects

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Architects: Thorbjörn Andersson + Sweco Architects
Location: Umeå,
Design Team: Staffan Sundström, Emma Pettersson, Mikael Johansson
Area: 23,000 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Thorbjörn Andersson + Sweco Architects

Tele2 Arena / White arkitekter

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Architects: White arkitekter
Location: Tele2 Arena, Arenaslingan 14, 121 77 Johanneshov,
Lead Architects: Fredrik Källström, Monica von Schmalensee
Year: 2013
Photographs: Åke E:son Lindman, Thomas Zaar

Mölle by the Sea / Elding Oscarson

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Architects: Elding Oscarson
Location: 260 42 , Sweden
Area: 300.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Åke E:son Lindman

Chipperfield’s Stockholm Nobel Centre Faces Harsh Opposition

View towards Nybrokajen. Image © 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 ’s,” as stated in an online petition, the protesters are 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 refuses to bow down and believes the protest will not succeed

More on the protest, and structures slated for demolition, after the break…

In Detail: Chipperfield’s Nobel Centre for Stockholm

View towards Nybrokajen. Image ©

As we announced earlier, David Chipperfield Architects’ modest proposal for the Nobel Center’s new home in has been announced as the winning submission of the Nobel Foundation’s prestigious international competition. Lauded by the jury for its “lightness and openness,” Chipperfield envisioned the glass and stone proposal to “convey dignity” and embody the ideals of the Nobel Prize so it may serve as inspiration for generations to come.

Detailed drawings, images and quotes from the architect, after the break… 

Summer House M / M.B.A.

© Mikael Olsson

Architects: M.B.A.
Location: Bohusläns Museum, Uddevalla,
Architect In Charge: Mikael Bergquist
Landscape: Per Axelsson
Year: 2013
Photographs: Mikael Olsson

Venice Biennale 2014: Nordic Pavilion to Study Architecture’s Role in East African Independence

FORMS OF FREEDOM. Kenyatta International Conference Center, Nairobi, Kenya. 1966–1973. Architect: Karl Henrik Nøstvik.. Image © David Keith Jones

The National Museum in has been chosen to curate the Nordic Pavilion for the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, in collaboration with the Museum of Finnish Architecture, the Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design in Stockholm, and architectural firm Space Group. The , “FORMS OF FREEDOM: African Independence and Nordic Models” will study modern Nordic architecture’s role in the liberation of East Africa during the 1960s and 70s.

Holiday House Vindö / Max Holst

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Architects: Max Holst
Location: Vindö, 130 40 Djurhamn,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Hannes Söderlund

Architects to Relocate Entire City Two Miles Over

4-Ever’ plan. Image Courtesy of White

UPDATE: The BBC reports that construction on the Kiruna re-location is scheduled to begin next month. For more on this extraordinary project, read the article below. 

Everyone is familiar with the stresses of moving to a new house, but the residents of Kiruna, a small town of 18,000 in Sweden, face a more daunting task: moving their entire city.

For more than 100 years, residents of Kiruna have developed their city center around the world’s largest mine, operated by the state-controlled company, Luossavaara-Kiirunavaara AB (LKAB). In 2004, LKAB determined that to continue extracting iron would mean digging deeper, unsettling the ground beneath 3,000 homes as well as the city hall, train station, and century-old church.

A Place to Chill: Sweden’s Ice Hotel

Before the Big Bang Suite by artists Rob Harding & Timsam Harding. Image © Christopher Hauser

The IceHotel, a hotel in Jukkasjärvi in Northern Sweden that melts back into the Torne River and is rebuilt each year, is currently in the design phase for next winter. But there’s a new twist: next year guests are able to collaborate with artists to design a suite that is bespoke to their individual tastes. The price tag is admittedly rather steep, and those going for this option can expect “one of the most expensive hotel rooms in the world”, according to the press release.

Is it worth it? Why don’t you decide for yourself – images from this winter’s hotel are after the break!

Stupet, refugium by a staircase / Petra Gipp Arkitektur

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Architects: Petra Gipp Arkitektur
Location: vattern,
Architect In Charge: Petra Gipp, Maria Videgård, Erika Vegerfors
Area: 116.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Åke E:son Lindman

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 island of Kungsholmen and western suburb of Bromma.

Sauna / General Architecture

© Mikael Olsson

Architects: General Architecture
Location: Stockholm archipelago,
Year: 2009
Photographs: Mikael Olsson