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 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.

European Spallation Source (ESS) / Henning Larsen Architects + COBE + SLA

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Architects: Henning Larsen Architects, COBE, SLA
Location: , Sweden
Design Team From Henning Larsen Architects: Jacob Kurek (responsible partner), Michael Sørensen (lead design architect), Helle Basse Larsen (project manager), Mikkel Eskildsen, Daniel Baumann, Martha Lewis, Silke Jörgenshaus, Hanan Ghizzaui, Magnus Kramhøft, Kyd Kitchaiya, Sebastian Mardi, Grace Xu, Uyen Phan and Erlend Lindstad (model)
Design Team From Cobe: Dan Stubbergaard (responsible partner), Thomas Krarup (lead design architect), David Engell Jessen, Johanne Holmsberg, Rune Veile, Frederik Lyng, Greta Tiedje, Louise Boss Mortensen and Dimitrie Gridorescu
Design Team From Sla: Stig L. Andersson(responsible partner and lead design architect), Katrine Sandstrøm and Laura Parsons
Area: 100000.0 sqm
Photographs: Luxigon

ESS Description

The European Spallation Source (ESS) will become the world’s largest and most advanced research facility for neutron-based research. ESS is located in the university city of Lund in southern Sweden.

Future Floda Winning Proposal / Mandaworks + Hosper Sweden

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With the goal to inspire new visions for the future development of the central part of Floda, Mandaworks and Hosper Sweden’s proposal was recently selected as the the winner of the architectural competition for the future planning of Floda’s city center. Their ‘Down by the River’ concept focuses on and develops Floda’s strongest qualities: water, nature and Garveriet. The public spaces along Säveån refine and develop Floda’s existing character and identity as a community around the water. The proposal’s hook is the Blue Square – an innovative reinterpretation of the square as a public space where the rushing river creates a natural spectacle all year round. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Urban Housing Winning Proposal / ETAT Architects + Spridd Architects

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ETAT Architects + Spridd Architectsrecently won the first prize in an invited competition for a mixed-use building of housing and commercial space. Located in the centre of Norrköping, on the fringe of the historic 19th century textile industry area of , the exterior architecture interprets certain characteristic themes in the historic industrial area. These include elements such as large windows, local towers, repetitive and rationally organised fenestration, an emphasis on vertical elements in the façade, and exposed building material of stone. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Prästgården / Arkitema Architects

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Architects: Arkitema Architects
Location: ,
Year: 2011
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Årstafältet Housing Proposal / GRAD Arkitekter

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GRAD Arkitekter shared with us their proposal for a housing block in the now unbuilt area of Årstafältet, a southern suburb of . Once finished, this area will house approximately 10,000 inhabitants. To secure this variation, the city proposes that each block is divided in two halves, with a team of a contractor and an architecture team responsible for every half.  The basic design principle of their block is to shift and tilt four buildings in relation to one another, to create interesting views and a good flow of natural light. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Hyttgardsparken / 42architects

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Architects: 42architects
Location: , Sweden
Area: 6,000.0 sqm
Year: 2012
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Furniture Fair Installation / Gert Wingårdh

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On view now until February 9th, the installation by Swedish architect Gert Wingårdh at the Furniture Fair in suggests a church interior, with rows of high tables in front of an ‘altar’ where panels hold sway. In collaboration with Finnish illustrator Kustaa Saksi, their creative teamwork has resulted in a design that will set the stage for talks on design and architecture at the fair. Starting out from their own perspective while adhering to a shared vision, the entire dome-like structure consists of stacks of paper sheets that hang from the roof in a Venetian blind-like construction. More images and their description after the break.

New Culture Centre and Library Winning Proposal / schmidt hammer lassen architects

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Designed to gather the city’s cultural functions under one roof, the winning proposal by schmidt hammer lassen architects for the new cultural centre and library in Karlshamn, will be the city’s new meeting place. The 5,000 square metre cultural centre will get a sculptural and flexible building containing a library, an exhibition area, a cinema, a tourist office and a café, which together work to embrace diversity. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Clarion Hotel Post / Semrén & Månsson

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Architects: Semrén & Månsson
Location: , Västra Götaland County, Sweden
Area: 34,000 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Krister Engström

Villa Blåbär / pS Arkitektur

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Architects: pS Arkitektur
Location: Nacka,
Architect In Charge: Peter Sahlin
Project Architect: Leif Johannsen
Assisting Architects: Therese Svalling (models), Beata Denton (lighting)
Contractor: Valento Bygg
Client: Karl & Sofia Andersson
Area: 170.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of pS Arkitektur

Pagoden / Semrén & Månsson

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Architects: Semrén & Månsson AB
Location: Gullbergsvass, ,
Area: 10,600.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Krister Engström

Umeå Art Museum / Henning Larsen Architects

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Architects: Henning Larsen Architects
Location: , Sweden
Team: , White Architects, Tyréns, WSP Group, TM-Konsult
Client: Baltic Group
Area: 15,000 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Åke E:son Lindman

HELIX, Forensic Psychiatric Clinic of Stockholm / BSK Arkitekter

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Architects: BSK Arkitekter
Location: ,
Area: 17,000 sqm
Photographs: Max Plunger

Kloster / Torsten Ottesjö

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Designed by Torsten Ottesjö, with Christian Strömqvist and David Relan, Kloster is a strip of land on the west coast of where they have conceptualized an idea of luxury. Two houses are situated above a slope leading down to a dock and private beach, and are aligned to incorporate the ideal light conditions for the morning and Scandinavian evenings respectively. Aiming to provide a means of inspiration, the structure of the complex is the curling of a leaf – a single surface extended above itself. More images and  architects’ description after the break.

Active Cranes Research Proposal / JAPA

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An industrial and harbor city divided in the north and south by the river Göta, is currently lacking a coherent relationship between the city and the river. The great differences between the north and south sides of the Göta River are in scale, function, and density. The project, proposed by JAPA, Javier Ponce Architects, re-introduces the Göta river to the citizens by means of a urban re-generation; the river seen as a green system connected with the existing landscape. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Hornsbergs Strandpark / Nyréns Arkitektkontor

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Architects: Nyréns Arkitektkontor
Location: Kungsholmen, , Sweden
Landscape Architect: through Bengt Isling (Project architect), Jacob Almberg, Ronny Brox, Magdalena Franciskovic, Cecilia Jarlöv. Ulrika Lilliehöök, Staffan Malm, Peter Kinnmark Architect MAA
Constructor Park: Omniplan Cornelis Oskamp
Year: 2012
Photographs: Åke E:son Lindman

Passive House School Winning Proposal / Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture

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Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture (KKA) shared with us their winning proposal for Nya Kollaskolan, which is expected to be the largest passive-house school in , as well as one of the largest passive house buildings in the country. A centerpiece in the new Kollastaden area in the center of , the school will supplement the existing school, built in 2000, and host around 360 students and 75 employees. More images and architects’ description after the break.