Stocksund / General Architecture

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Architects: General Architecture
Location: , Danderyd, Sweden
Year: 2013
Photographs: Mikael Olsson

Hong Kong Tops Charts as World’s Most Expensive Construction Market

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EC Harris’ 2013 International Costs Report has named Hong Kong as the most expensive city in the world to build in. The annual study, which benchmarks building costs in 47 countries across the globe, found that relative costs have been affected by substantial fluctuations in currency throughout the year. Despite a stagnant economy, Europe has six of the top ten most expensive markets in this year’s report, reflecting the competitive challenge faced by the Eurozone. 

The top ten most expensive countries to build in are:

Summer House / General Architecture

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Architects: General Architecture
Location: , Sweden
Project Architect: Erik Persson
Design Team: John Billberg, Fabian Blücher, Josef Eder, Olof Grip
Area: 76 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Mikael Olsson

Vittra School Södermalm / Rosan Bosch

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Architects: Rosan Bosch
Location: Södermalm,
Year: 2012
Photographs: Kim Wendt

Gotland Summer House / Enflo Arkitekter + DEVE Architects

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Architects: Enflo Arkitekter, DEVE Architects
Location: Gotland,
Architect In Charge: Jens Enflo (Enflo),Morten Vedelsbøl (DEVE)
Engineer: Algeba Byggkonsulter
Builder: Fide Bygg&Snickeri
Area: 104.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Joachim Belaieff

Summerhouse Lagnö / Tham & Videgård Arkitekter

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Architects: Tham & Videgård Arkitekter
Location: Lagnö,
Design Team: Martin Videgård, Bolle Tham, Anna Jacobsson
Structural Engineer: Sweco, Mathias Karlsson
Area: 140.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Åke E:son Lindman

KKA Designs Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in Sweden

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In response to the rising trend of electric vehicles in , the Traffic Department in Gothenburg has commissioned Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture (KKA) to develop a vision of solar-powered for electric vehicles, bikes and scooters. With the potential of being distributed throughout the city, the resizable concept was designed with the same formal language for recognition so that the may stand as a “symbol of a more sustainable city.”

OMA Wins Skyscraper Competition in Stockholm

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has won the design competition for Tors Torn in , 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…

Fagerstrom House / Claesson Koivisto Rune

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Architects: Claesson Koivisto Rune
Location: Edsviken, , Sweden
Project Group: Mårten Claesson, Eero Koivisto, Ola Rune, Lotti Engstrand
Builder: Komponent Byggen AB
Area: 270 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Åke E:son Lindman

Wooden Skyscraper / Berg | C.F. Møller Architects with DinnellJohansson

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For HSB Stockholm’s architectural competition 2023, three teams of architects have produced innovative proposals for private residences of the future at three different locations in the centre of . Berg | C.F. Møller’s proposed design is a 34-storey skyscraper made of wood.

Berg | C.F. Møller Architects are working in partnership with architects Dinell Johansson and consultants Tyréns on their entry. The team has chosen to build upwards, and has designed a 34-storey residential building, which will be seen for miles. The building will be built over a wooden with a concrete core, and it is intended to give the people of Stockholm a new and characteristic beacon and meeting place in their city.

Emporia / Wingårdhs

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Architects: Wingårdhs
Location: Hyllie Boulevard 19, Malmö,
Architect In Charge: Gert Wingårdh, Johan Eklind, Joakim Lyth
Graphic Design: Jennie Stolpe
Interior Architect: Helena Toresson
Area: 27000.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Tord-Rikard Söderström

Hölick Sea Resort, Lodge No 2 / Mats Edlund & Henrietta Palmer

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Architects: Mats Edlund & Henrietta Palmer
Location: Hölick, Hudiksvall,
Architect In Charge: Mats Edlund, Henrietta Palmer
Contractor: Natura Fritid AB
Builder: Torbjörn Andersson, Dellenhus
Year: 2012
Photographs: Johan Cnattingius

Wood Summit Smaland Conference

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Taking place at the Virserums Art Museum June 26-27, Wood Summit Smaland is an international conference that will focus on sustainability and wood architecture. Featuring renowned guest speakers such as Jim Taggart, Sadie Morgan, Stefan Behnisch and TYIN Tegnestue, winner of Architecture of Necessity 2010, the winners of Architecture of Necessity 2013 will be announced. For more information, please visit here.

Airport City Stockholm Urban Design Strategy Proposal / Spacescape

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Developed by SpacescapeAirport City Stockholm, in cooperation with Swedavia Swedish Airports (state), Sigtuna municipality, and Arlandastad Holding (private real estate), has a new urban design strategy and urban plan that envisions a unique airport city which emphasizes urban qualities and places sustainability in focus. Such rapid expansion has placed distinct demands on planning, which has resulted in this collaborative effort. Creating these foundations, along with offering the world within walking distance, will increase value and attract even more people and businesses. More images and architects’ description after the break.

‘Paradiset 19-21′ Housing Proposal / Kjellander + Sjöberg Architects

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Designed by Kjellander + Sjöberg Architects, their ‘Paradiset 19-21′ housing project creates a distinctive residential infill on Western in central . A distinctive addition with a strong urban identity, the project is a pliable mini-Manhattan, landing in the city block and building a vibrant streetscape with premises on the ground floor and inviting activities with an expressive urban character. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Villa Wallin / Erik Andersson Architects

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Architects: Erik Andersson Architects
Location: Yxlan, Stockholm,
Client: Mats Wallin, Petra Ryrberg
Budget: EUR 150,000
Area: 108 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Åke E-son Lindman

Emergency Clinic + Clinic for Infectious Diseases / LINK arkitektur + CF Möller

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Architects: LINK arkitektur, CF Möller
Location: Skånes universitetssjukhus, Inga Marie Nilssons gata 10, 205 02 Malmö,
Area: 25800.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of LINK Arkitektur

Wood House / UNIT Arkitektur AB

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Architects: UNIT Arkitektur AB
Location: , Sweden
Design Principals: Mikael Frej + Klas Moberg
Project Architect: Frans Magnusson
Area: 270 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: elStudio