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 iron 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.
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!
With minimal intervention, Swedish architecture firm visiondivision claims that the underused structure beneath Stockholm’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 city island of Kungsholmen and western suburb of Bromma.
Location: Solnavägen 7, Karolinska Institutet, 171 65 Solna, Sweden
Architect In Charge: Gert Wingårdh and Jonas Edblad
Contributors Construction Documents: Andreas Henriksson (Project Architect), Birgitta Stenvaller, Guisli Benito, Ronja Saxberg, Viktoria Wallin, Johan Wegbrant, Per Odebäck, Kjell Nord, Ingrid Alerås, Nils Korth, Maria Olausson, Anna Palm
Area: 13700.0 sqm
Photographs: Tord-Rikard Söderström, Patrik Lindell, Ola Fogelström
Arup has been selected “to contribute expertise” in the design of the European Spallation Source Research Centre (ESS) in Lund, Sweden. They will collaborate with Henning Larsen Architects, who was selected to design the state-of-the-art facility earlier this year. The ESS will become the world’s largest and most advanced research facility for neutron-based research once it is fully operational in 2025. Alongside enabling scientists to see and understand atomic and molecular structures and movements, it will also be based on the world’s most powerful neutron source – a 600m long accelerator which fires neutrons at different types of material in order that they can be analyzed in enormous detail. Learn more about ESS and its design here.
Scandinavian practice C.F. Møller Architects, in collaboration with DinellJohansson, has been announced as winner of the HSB Stockholm architectural competition. The winning scheme includes three ”ultra-modern residential high-rises” planned for Stockholm’s city center. Only one of these proposals will actually be built, including the world’s tallest wooden skyscraper. Completion of the chosen tower is set for 2023, the 100th anniversary of the competition organizer and Sweden‘s largest housing association, HSB. View the three project proposals after the break.
The Subterranean Concrete Orgy by Toki Drobnjakovic and Per Sundberg (Per & Toki) is a reinvention of the “infamous” Blue Star building in Stockholm. The designers, looking for a new studio and office space for Studioverket, have collaborated with concrete producer Butong to realize a space of “homogenous diversity” by using a new type of concrete sealed air bubble casting. By incorporating new design features and in reinventing some of the existing, the basement space has been transformed from pornography shop to elegant studio defined by a series of unique interventions. See the changes after the break…
Architects: John Robert Nilsson Arkitektkontor
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Design Team: Robert Nilsson, Maria Århammar, Niklas Singstedt, Martin Zetherström, Vincenzo Cassotta
Landscaping: Mikado Mark & Trädgård, Robert Forsberg
Contractors: Geo Markservice AB, Eva Holmqvist (water/sewage), CSE Projekt, Henrik Nilsson (construction), Itecon AB, Eskil Stenstrand (water), Jan Fransson Elkonsult AB, Håkan Ackland (electricity)
Glass Contractors/Suppliers: JB Glaskonsult AB, Johan Backlund, JONI Metall & glasprojektering/ CL Specialglas, Claes Lundén
Building Contractor: Liljestrand Entreprenad LE AB
Area: 250.0 sqm
Photographs: Åke Eson Lindman, John Robert Nilsson
Louis Paillard Architects‘ proposal for Marievik, a site south west of Sweden‘s capital, is an attempt to condense 65,000 square metres of housing, retail, restaurants and a school into just 12,000 square metres of available space through “six iconic objects.” According to the architects, Stockholm is a city built “by public spaces, shared spaces, [and] parks and gardens”, which led to their design “twisting itself around the void.”