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

“Forms of Freedom: African Independence and Nordic Models” – The Nordic Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2014

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From the Curators. The at the Nordic Pavilion has been titled FORMS OF FREEDOM: African Independence and Nordic Models. The explores and documents how modern Nordic architecture was an integral part of Nordic aid to East Africa in the 1960s and 1970s. The resulting architecture is of a scope and quality that has not previously been comprehensively studied or exhibited.

Swedish Team Win Urban Design Competition in Trenčín

First Place. Image Courtesy of City of Trenčín

Swedish based Mandaworks + Hosper Sweden have recently won an international competition to find the “best comprehensive urbanistic proposals for connecting the city centre of Trenčín with both waterfronts of the River Váh.” The winning scheme – Tracing Trenčín – “is not a proposal which is noticeably stunning” but is, according to Thomas Matta, deputy chair of the jury, “considerate to the existing structure of the historic core of the city.”

HB6B / Karin Matz

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Architects: Karin Matz
Location: Stockholm,
Area: 36.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Karin Matz

Dalarna Media Library / ADEPT

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Architects: ADEPT
Location: Högskolan Dalarna Akademin Språk & medier, Campus , Högskolegatan 2, 791 31 , Sweden
Area: 3000.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Wilhelm Rejnus & Linus Flodin, Kaare Viemose

The Lime Barn / Skälsö Arkitekter

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Architects: Skälsö Arkitekter
Location: 624 64 Bungenäs,
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 Gothenburg that has been in the making for more than ten years.

Check out each shortlisted design, after the break…

Building no. 8 / Skälsö Arkitekter

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Architects: Skälsö Arkitekter
Location: 624 64 , Sweden
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 expansion 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, , Sweden
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: , Sweden
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 ,
Area: 300.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Åke E:son Lindman

Chipperfield’s Stockholm Nobel Centre Faces Harsh Opposition

View towards Nybrokajen. Image © 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 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 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…

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 Stockholm 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.

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Architects: M.B.A.
Location: Bohusläns Museum, , Sweden
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 exhibition, “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