17 / Torsten Ottesjö

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Architects: Torsten Ottesjö
Location: Gothenburg,
Area: 17 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: David Relan

HALO: Swedish Students’ Solar Decathlon Entry

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Designed and built by 25 students from in Sweden, HALO is a socially sustainable home for four students, running on renewable energy from the sun. HALO was designed using one underlying concept: shared space is double space.

Villa Skipås / Tengbom

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Architects: Tengbom
Location: , Sweden
Area: 240 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Majvi Johansson

Wood House / Schlyter + Gezelius Arkitektkontor

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Architects: Schlyter + Gezelius Arkitektkontor
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Camilla Schlyter
Area: 60.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Luc Pages

Studentboende: Student Unit / Tengbom

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Architects: Tengbom
Location: Smaland,
Area: 10 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Bertil Hertzberg

Kiruna City Hall / Henning Larsen Architects

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Henning Larsen Architects has won a competition to design a new for in northern Sweden. The design, which has already been named Krystallen (The Crystal), is intended to “become the city’s natural gathering point, where the traditions of democracy will be united with a vision about a dynamic meeting place for politics as well as social and cultural events”. Comprising of two buildings, the outermost circular in form and the innermost “shaped like a crystal”, the design has been “inspired by the enormous concentration of iron ore” that can be found beneath the site, the discovery of which led to the founding of Sweden’s northernmost city.

Clarion Hotel Wisby / Visbyark

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Architects: Visbyark
Location: ,
Design Team: Sven Landahl, Anneli Andersson Snygg
Area: 3330.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Roland Hejdström

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: ,
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: , Sweden
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 Sweden, the Traffic Department in Gothenburg has commissioned Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture () to develop a vision of solar-powered charging stations 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 charging stations 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, ,
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