City of Kiruna To Move Two Miles Over This June

The new city center with the salvaged bell tower. Image Courtesy of

Officials announced this week that, starting in June, the city of Kiruna, Sweden will begin to migrate. Founded in 1900, the town is the product of ’s largest state-owned mining company, LKAB. The company extracts iron from the nearby Kirunavaara mountainside, and now the expansion of the mines threatens to destabilize the ground beneath 3,000 homes as well as many of the town’s municipal buildings.

The 100-year master plan put forth by White Arkitekter, in collaboration with Ghilardi + Hellsten Arkitetker, calls for the city to expand two miles eastward along a linear axis. This new plan will rebuild the town on solid ground, retain its historical and cultural presence, and slowly wean it off its dependency on the mining industry by opening the community up to new businesses.

Tele2 Arena / White arkitekter

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Architects: White arkitekter
Location: Tele2 Arena, Arenaslingan 14, 121 77 Johanneshov,
Lead Architects: Fredrik Källström, Monica von Schmalensee
Year: 2013
Photographs: Åke E:son Lindman, Thomas Zaar

Chameleon Cabin / White Arkitekter

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Architects: White Arkitekter
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Architect In Charge: Mattias Lind
Year: 2013
Photographs: Rasmus Norlander

Naturum Kosterhavet / White Arkitekter

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Architects: White Arkitekter
Location: , Sweden
Design Team: Ulla Antonsson, Mattias Lind, Agne Revellé, Magnus Bunner, Magnus Gustavsson, Anders Åkeflo, Mathias Nilsson, Pär Andreasson, Anna Graaf, Karin Sjödin, Andreas Laessker
Area: 705 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Åke E:son Lindman

White Arkitekter Wins FAR ROC Design Competition

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Stockholm-based White Arkitekter, along with partners ARUP and Gensler, has been announced as the winner of the two-phase “For a Resilient Rockaway” (FAR ROC) design competition in . Selected from a shortlist of four and an international pool of 117, White Arkitekter’s “untraditional” proposal aims to transform an 80-acre shoreline site in the Rockaways into a resilient and affordable community through a series of small interventions that can be tested, adjusted, or redesigned overtime during the development process.

Southend Pier Cultural Centre / White Arkitekter + Sprunt

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Architects: White Arkitekter + Sprunt
Location: Southend Pier, United Kingdom
Photographs: Luke Hayes

Rigshospital Expansion Competition Proposal / COWI, WHITE Arkitekter, DEVE Architecture, LAND+ Landskabsarkitekter, Lyngkilde

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The Rigshospital is well-defined by Fælledparken and Amorparken at it’s boundaries, and due to these park areas, the hospital campus exudes a unique ‘green’ potential. The buildings serve as an intermediary between the dense urban fabric on Blegdamsvej and the open natural areas to the north of the site. This interconnectedness strongly influenced the concept and form of this scheme by the team of COWI, WHITE Arkitekter, DEVE Architecture, LAND+ Landskabsarkitekter and Lyngkilde, leading to what could eventually become a hospital nestled within a lush, green, natural environment within the bustling urban center of Copenhagen. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Salford House 4 Life / White Arkitekter

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Scandinavian practice White Arkitekter has won the Salford House 4 life competition, organized by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). White’s proposal was chosen as the winning scheme from 59 entries. For more images of their proposal and a succinct description, follow after the jump.