BIG’s “Unconventional” Uppsala Power Plant Designed to Host Summer Festivals

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The city of Uppsala invited BIG to design a biomass cogeneration plant that would offset its peak energy loads throughout the fall, winter and spring as part of an international competition (ultimately won by Liljewall Arkitekter). Home to Scandinavia’s oldest university and landmark cathedral, the plant proposal’s biggest challenge was to respect the city’s historic skyline. 

Considering the project’s proposed seasonal use, BIG envisioned a dual-use power plant that transcends the public perception; in the summer months, the “crystalline” proposal was designed to transform into a venue for festivals during the peak of tourism. 

Kjellander + Sjöberg Take First Place with Rosendal Apartments

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Kjellander + Sjöberg has won first place in a land transfer competition for Uppsala Municipality. Tasked with the transformation of a city block next to ’s central square, the architects created an inviting complex of timber apartments surrounding a communal courtyard. Designed to foster a sense of community among residents, the Rosendal complex is, as the project’s architects state, “full of character and unlike anything else.”

Utopia Arkitekter’s “Jewel” Selected in Uppsala Travel Centre Contest

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Stockholm-based practice Utopia Arkitekter has been selected to design a new travel centre in Uppsala after their “sculptural, eye-catching jewel of a building” won the municipal design contest. Featuring a travel centre, fitness centre and restaurant on the lower floors and offices in the floors above, the building aims for LEED Platinum certification. The design revolves around the incorporation of bicycles, providing commuters with extensive bicycle parking facilities as well as changing room and shower facilities for a convenient transfer from bicycle to train.

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New Studenternas IP Development / Karlsson Wachenfeldt Arkitekter

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As part of the the expansion of the university town of , just north of Stockholm, the project by Karlsson Wachenfeldt Arkitekter for the Studenternas IP is a sports field with long traditions situated by the river Fyrisån. Located in the center of the town within the park, the design project is part of a major re-development of the south river area that includes housing, parks, sport facilities and infrastructure. More images and architects’ description after the break.

University Building Winning Proposal / 3XN Architects

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3XN Architects shared with us their competition winning proposal for the new university building in Uppsala, . Their design concept bridges the past and the future by extending the lines from the historical surroundings into an innovative structure. Pointing towards future through its flexible and open spaces, it encourages new ways of working, studying and collaborating. More architects’ description after the break.

Forumtorget / White Architects

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White Architects was recently named the winner of the competition for the Forumtorget project in , . The proposal, with its subdued paving, expressive sofa and generous plateau, is powerful, substantive and empathetic. Here, the people of have a natural meeting place and an open breathing space within the built-up business district. More images and architects’ description after the break.