OMA Wins Skyscraper Competition in Stockholm

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has won the design competition for Tors Torn in Stockholm, beating out four competing practices for the opportunity to build the third tallest twin skyscrapers in .

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 construction 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 Stockholm. 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: ,
Design Principals: Mikael Frej + Klas Moberg
Project Architect: Frans Magnusson
Area: 270 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: elStudio

The Future of Places Forum

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The Future of Places Forum, the inspiration for our Ten Ways to Transform Cities through Placemaking & Public Spaces article published earlier this week, will open this June in Stockholm, Sweden. The forum will be hosted by UN-HABITAT, Project for Public Spaces (PPS) and the Ax:son Johnson Foundation and will be the first of three conferences leading up to Habitat III in 2016. Its overall aim is to ”contribute to a New Urban Agenda around people and places” and to “highlight how and why cities need to embrace a people centered approach in order to achieve positive urbanization.” The conference series will define examples of excellent urban practices from around the world as well as future projects that reflect sustainable and equitable processes which build community, enhance quality of life, and creates safe and prosperous neighborhoods.

Restaurant Farang / Futudesign

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Architects: Futudesign
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Restaurant Farang
Design Team: Risto Wikberg, Auvo Lindroos, Aleksi Niemeläinen, Iikka Airas
Collaborators: Megaron Arkitekter, IMEK VVS Ab, Rejlers Ingerjörer Ab, Electrolux
Area: 700 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Tuomas Uusheimo, Wilhelm Rejnus

Park 1 Proposal / White

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Designed by White arkitekter their Park 1 project is intended to house a traffic and emergency management center, a new fire station and a total of 1,200 new workplaces in which effective coordination will be created on an everyday basis. Located in , the building complex inclines back from Lindhagensgatan in a generous gesture which marks the entrance while also boldly cantilevering slightly into space towards the Essingeleden highway and above all of the movement and communication at the site. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Helsingborg Hospital Extension Winning Proposal / Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

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Located in the southern part of , the competition to design the 35,000 square metre extension to the Hospital has just been won by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects. In cooperation with Aarhus Arkitekterne, NNE Pharmaplan and landscape architects Kragh & Berglund, the key to the whole design has been flexibility, a clear layout, variety, human scale, green courtyards and optimal conditions for daylight. The extension will include a new ward for adult psychiatry, an out-patient clinic and medical laboratories. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Inside Sweden’s Latest ICEHOTEL

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It’s an unusual idea – every year a 5,500 square meter hotel is temporarily ‘borrowed’ from Sweden’s River Torne and come spring, the rooms and suites are returned to the river to be washed out to sea. The temporal Swedish is a complex built from ice, with a different design every year. Each winter it hosts guests and houses a collection of bespoke ice-art, created by selected artists from around the globe.

Read more about ICEHOTEL and see pictures of this year’s hotel after the break…

Future Floda Competition Entry / Fabel Arkitektur + Sara Wernsten

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In the Future competition proposal by Fabel Arkitektur + Sara Wernsten two strong paths are established to connect south with north and east with west through the central areas. All existing buildings are preserved and buildings with housing and commerce are established to increase density in the areas alongside the two paths. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Relocation of the City Center of Kiruna Winning Proposal / White Architects and Ghilardi + Hellsten Arkitekter

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White Architects, along with Ghilardi + Hellsten Arkitekter have just been selected as the winner of the competition to relocate the City Center of Kiruna, located in the north of Sweden. Their proposal, titled “Kiruna 4-ever”, creates a sustainable vision for the long-term expansion of the city eastwards. It allows for the further development and broadening of Kiruna’s mix of cultures and diverse population by creating a welcoming and global city, unique in its placement within the arctic landscape. The proposal strives to create a destination of great dignity, attractive venues and fantastic living environments. More images and architects’ description after the break.