Waugh Thistleton Architects or WTA has won an international design competition in collaboration with In Praise of Shadows and Land Arkitektur, to deliver the new head office of Gotlandshem, the national housing association of the Swedish island of Gotland in Visby, Sweden. The project, low carbon, and low impact building will be a multifunctional place, providing a healthy hub for businesses, accessible by the whole community. Selected from a shortlist of eight teams, the WTA submission was chosen for the social responsibility aspect it portrays. The new headquarters, destined for both business and the community, put in place two independent buildings around an open courtyard, inspired by the typical farmstead layout. An innovative interpretation, the project, intimate in scale, “creates a new neighborhood which integrates into the emerging district on the outskirt of the city”.
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