Henning Larsen Architects, in collaboration with SLA and Tyréns, has won a competition for the design of a new city hall in Uppsala, Sweden, beating out proposals from Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, White Arkitekter, Ahrbom & Partners, and 3XN Architects. The project will include a refurbishment and addition to the existing city hall building, which was built in 1957 and only partially completed in accordance with the original drawings. Henning Larsen Architects’ design will close off the L-shaped building, connecting the old and the new with a glass-roofed courtyard to create a new public gathering place for residents of Sweden’s 4th largest city. The new 25,000 square meter (270,000 square foot) city hall will reflect the government’s desire for transparency and accessibility, inviting the public inside via an opening connecting the streetscape directly to the interior plaza. The glass-covered courtyard will serve as the new meeting place where public services are programs are located.
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