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Wingårdh Arkitektkontor completes new venue in Jönköping

Spira is twisted as a spiral to catch the attention of the eye as well as the body; transparent, to turn every side into a front; compact, to be efficient and sparse; meandering, to create expectation.

The performing arts centre Spira in the city of Jönköping is a regional scene for music and theater in the southern part of Sweden. It is a culturally vivid part of the country, but the performing arts have not had a permanent stage so far. Wingårdh's proposal is a result of a winning competition from 2005 and the house was inaugurated on 11/11/11.

The building is tall, expressive and controls the surroundings of the man-made peninsula in lake Munksjön. The communicative approach is enhanced by the semitransparent façade, on which current programs can be displayed. The bright and curved walls give the building an ephemeral character that relates to the arts that are being performed inside.

The building is designed for rather small audiences, but in many different spaces. The concert hall seats 910, and a smaller theater is designed for 420 people. There is also a multistage, a café stage and a restaurant. All stages are on the same level, providing maximal accessibility for wheelchairs as well as transportations backstage. The characters vary from a deep green serenity of the largest saloon, to the acoustical flexible structure of the multistage.

The narrow but long foyer is a fluid space, all covered in pine, the local wood. It follows the curved line of the building and provides shifting views over the lake outside. The space ends with the café stage. In wintertime the warmth of the interior will make the building glow. In summertime, the foyer opens up to the terraces outside.

The cool, austere glass façades are bound together by warm bands of orange. As the sun sets over the lake, the coloured glass heightens the festive atmosphere of the foyer. The warm light mingles with the din of people coming up from the coat check. The doors of expectation beckon in bright colours. In the darkness beyond them, life is once again about to rise to a dramatic crescendo.


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Metro Arkitekter's design for new building at Helsingborg Central Station

In spring 2010 Metro Arkitekter were invited by the city of Helsingborg to participate in a parallel assignment for the renovation and expansion of Helsingborg Central Station ('Knutpunkten'). With the expansion of the platforms to the south, the new entrances will have a unique position in connection to the City Park. The pervading train tracks will be placed below ground south of the station, offering a connection with the new city district, H+.

The architects suggested a new station building, shaped as a sculptural and light roof, in this location. The station walls will be built of non-reflective glass so that users, from all locations, have a visual connection to the park area and the different types of transportation - transparent and easily navigated.

Architecturally, the station is different in comparison to the adjacent city blocks: instead, the inspiration is taken from the neighbouring park. The new structure can be seen as stylised trees which branch out above the platforms. Unlike today’s station, where trains live a secluded life underneath an office complex, the new station has its own individual identity, just like the old station, which was located in the same place. The new station will thus be an identity-building and unifying node, not only for the station area, but also for Helsingborg.

The building body is a steel construction, the top of which is covered with glass and solar cells, gathering energy during the day and emitting light during the night, so that the entire structure is perceived as luminous. The bottom is clad with perforated aluminium with varying amounts of perforation, providing intricate strains of daylight down into the station.

The roof and pillars get a cohesive expression in material, but in the pillars the perforation is more frequent, allowing plants to grow inside. With time, the roof will be perceived as a big floating slab above these vertical, green sculptures. Storm water is passed into the pillars and filtrated in water basins to the west of the station.


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Metro Arkitekter designs new Central Station in Malmö

The City Tunnel, opened in December 2010, is an underground rail link connecting Malmö to the Öresund Bridge and Copenhagen. At Malmö Central Station, passengers enter the subterranean station through the Glass Hall, a 130-metre terminal that unites Malmö’s busy city streets with its elegant waterfront. It is used by 40,000 passengers every day. With its ultra-modern glass and steel structure, the Glass Hall unmistakeably belongs in the 21st century. As such it unfurls the latest chapter in Malmö Central Station’s long history and builds on a proud tradition of moving with the times.

Metro has been responsible for the design of all new construction and alterations at Malmö Central Station above ground. The City Tunnel is being constructed to the north of the existing Malmö Central Station. A new arrivals area is being created which is delimited partly by the new 'Glass Hall', and partly by the new car park building to the east. The Glass Hall’s modern design contrasts with the historic building of the Central Station.

Modern architecture efficiently caters for the increasing flow of people travelling, while some older parts of the station have been given a different use with a greater focus on service. Over 150 years, Malmö Central Station has been altered, converted and extended. This might therefore be viewed as a series of well defined annual rings. With the Glass Hall and the other additions being made now, yet another annual ring is being added.

For one and a half centuries, Malmö Central Station formed a northerly limit for city planners. But the redevelopment of Malmö’s old wharves and docksides means the station is about to claim a more central position as the city’s transport hub. The new Glass Hall on the station’s north wing symbolises the city’s fresh direction. It presents a gleaming new front to the north, once the station’s unprepossessing neighbour.

Malmö Central Station is a protected heritage building. The original terminal is the oldest structure of its type in Sweden and it has been a major challenge not just to preserve the terminal’s original character but to enhance it. Jernhusen has worked closely with the Skåne County Administrative Board to achieve this, for instance by creating full visibility into the Train Shed for the first time through the adjacent Glass Hall.

Commuter flow is channelled through the new Glass Hall, where the materials, services and signage create an air of pace and efficiency. Steel, concrete, slate and glass set the tone. Passengers can purchase fast food and books and exchange foreign currency. Shop owners who have moved here from other parts of the station have seen their sales rise due to the prime location.

The old Central Hall has been redesigned as a covered mall with restaurants and cafés. The inviting, service oriented atmosphere aims not only to attract passengers but also lunchtime visitors working close by. The lighting is subdued and the interior draws inspiration from the Central Hall’s history.

Supporting the glass facade is a wire lattice never before used in Sweden. Designed for maximum lightness, the wires create tension to protect the glass structure from gusting winds. Suspended from the ceiling are sheets of perforated steel for sound proofing and ambient lighting. Along with the tinted glass, these design details create a calm atmosphere – despite the natural hardness of the materials used.


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Stockholm station

3XN Architects designed the building of Stockholm Station (Stockholm City Station). It will be located in the historic city center on 28 000 m2. In addition to the station on its territory will be in the hotel and conference center.


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The Bredgatan Area, part of the H+ city renewal project, will be one of the first areas to see Urban Regeneration in Helsingborg, Sweden

The H+ project is one of Sweden's must ambitious planning and urban renewal projects. The ongoing process aims to radically transform the southern parts of Helsingborg connecting them to the sea through the " Blue-green connection", a landscaped water feature. The central core of the H+ project is located around the Bredgatan area, a former industrial sector which is already evolving with the presence of the Helsingborg Campus, and several dynamic companies.

This area is strategically located between the old city and the harbour, and will be one of the first areas to undergo transformation, it will serve as a "test-bed" for H + at large, but will also be given its own identity in the H + urban mosaic. The area can be seen as the "locomotive" that will pull along the rest of the H + project and also contribute in a decisive way to Helsingborg future development. The area is already hosting the Helsingborg university Campus, and several dynamic companies, but lacks of housing, public services and has a poor public spaces.

The aim is to transform the area into a mixed urban fabric, keeping the spirit of entrepreneurship and enhancing the collaboration between university and companies. To create a dynamic core, the blue-green connection is accompanied with a longitudinal knowledge axis formed by several educational institutions placed along the Canal, from primary schools to higher education and adult training. The two sides of the Canal has two very different characters, the south is intensively planted, whereas the north is mineral.

The varying width and depth of the central promenade gives ever new perspectives. Variation in scale and building typologies, mixing old and new, create a dynamic urban fabric with a combination of intimate and more spectacular public spaces. Along the canal ground floors are used for education, café, restaurants, and office. Ground floor of existing buildings are glazed to create new relationships. The new city blocks opens up onto canal room which helps to give depth and richness of the event. Urban catalysts in the form of multi-functional buildings are placed in strategic points which activates the Canal space further.


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Artipelag / Nyréns Arkitektkontor

Architects: Nyréns Arkitektkontor
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Design Team: Johan Nyrén, Lukas Thiel, Staffan Hillberg, Peter Karlsson, Viktor Kjellberg, Måns Kärnekull, Karin Nyrén, Fabian Pyk, Oscar Pyk, Haldur Rohtla, Ebba Sjödahl, Gunilla Stenberg, Carolina Wikström, Mårten Ubbe
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Charlie Bennet

The art gallery Artipelag is a piece of architecture that is integrated in the landscape in such a way that it feels like it is growing out of the cliff it’s standing on. With the surrounding pine forest and the careful placement in Hålludden, outside of Stockholm, the building overlooks the beautiful Baggen bay. To get here you go on a winding road edged by large oak trees, through the meadows and woods to arrive at a view of the windswept dwarf pines. Artipelag epitomises the sensitivity to context and location in Johan Nyrén’s architecture. He immediately found the tone and sentiment of the landscape which convinced the client Björn Jakobson of the concept.

In the first analysis made by Nyrén, you can see a sketch that shows the concept’s alignment with the surrounding nature. The building twists around the mountain, follows the topography and takes advantage of the magnificent view. Nyrén has then taken this into the very details and materials with traces of bedrock inside the restaurant, with wane boards in the facade and a green roof. The holistic approach and final result shows that the initial concept has proved robust and sustainable even though the work process with a few compromises in the details has been far from ideal.

The project is founded on a donation by Björn Jakobson, founder and owner of Baby Björn. As Jakobson wished to integrate the memories of his previous visits to beautiful places around the world with his love of the archipelago and his interest in art, he hatched the idea of a venue for art, culture and design based in the archipelago. In Artipelag nature and culture are interwoven into a wholesome experience for visitors from both near and far.

The first phase covers about 10,000 sq.m. including a ”black box”, conference rooms, studio, shop, restaurant and cafe. The black box is central to the project and can be used for events, concerts and film and sound recordings. The many options of use and function make the facility usable all year around. An extension to the existing facility is planned to also include hotel and staff accommodation.

The dramatic room in the north-west is typical of the building idea. A small rift was discovered when the bedrock was uncovered by the blast. Instead of removing the bedrock, the programme expanded to incorporate it into the design. The floor of the room consists of bedrock with glass in the facade facing down towards the bay, shining between the trees.


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Media Evolution City / JUUL FROST Architects

Architects: JUUL FROST Architects
Location: Malmö, Sweden
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 9,600 sqm
Photographs: Felix Gerlach

Media Evolution City officially opened in June and today more than 450 media people work in the building. The building houses small, medium sized and large media companies and the objective is to create a meeting place for innovation, business development and match making. JUUL | FROST Architects have opened JFA Studio – a Swedish showroom – in the building and have hereby moved into their own design.

Media Evolution City is developed by JUUL | FROST Architects in close collaboration with Wihlborgs Fastigheter AB and Media Evolution which are responsible for running Media Evolution City. Frames for “new ways of working” characterized by collaboration, synergy and knowledge sharing is the result of the project. Hereby the building becomes a manifestation of the measures that the City of Malmö currently are initiating in order to support the city’s ongoing transformation process.

Media Evolution City is programmed as “a city in the city” with streets, alleys and public facilities at floor level where informal and temporary meetings take place. Staircases function as meeting places that not only lead users and visitors around in the building but in combination with transparent glass panels actively expose the various activities that take place in Media Evolution City.


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Henning Larsen creates dynamic urban campus on former industrial site

Umeå Arts Campus is the name of a new dynamic centre of excellence currently rising on a previous industrial plot by the north beach of Umeå River in Northern Sweden. The project is a fine example of a modern regeneration of the urban harbour area.

The first stage of the Arts Campus adds three new buildings to the existing industrial setting: the School of Architecture, the Academy of Fine Arts and the Art Museum. The three buildings each contribute with a distinctive identity to the area and refer to the other buildings of the city in scale and expression.

The interaction between independence and synergy is the fundamental idea for the structures. It is created by physically linking the buildings in a big base close to the riverside that holds all common facilities. The unique locality at the water with the riverside promenade and the proximity to the centre of Umeå are the ideal surroundings for a university campus with public recreational areas.

The architectural vision of the campus site is to create a dynamic, lively environment along the river bank. The area will rise as a manifold, composite structure, combining old and new in an almost anarchistic composition. The idea is that the Arts Campus will act as an arena for education, research and professional activities in architecture, design, art and digital cultures - a creative environment that is somewhat unique for Sweden, Europe and perhaps the entire world.

Henning Larsen Architects attaches great importance to designing environmentally friendly and integrated, energy-efficient solutions. Thus, the Art Museum and the School of Architecture, which are both now finished, have been developed on the basis of the latest sustainability research considering aesthetics, location, function, space, comfort and materials as a whole.


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Mältaren Office Building / Rosenbergs Arkitekter

Architects: Rosenbergs Arkitekter
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 4,400 sqm
Photographs: Axel Kårfors, Tord-Rikard Söderström

The office building in Hammarby Sjöstad has a concrete façade in relief forming a protective wall against Hammarby allé. The façade is divided into angled facets that are alternated giving it a braided effect. The heavy façade and the heavy concrete structure give the office a thermal capacity that reduces energy consumption.

The façade divisions allow for a varied window placement, where each office module can have two windows at different heights. One that is placed higher up, which provides light without a glare, and one lower down which has a view. The remaining façades are curtain wall systems with transparent and opaque glass panels. A penthouse with a double glazed façade cantilevers towards Hammarby Fabriksväg.

The office has its main entrance from Lugnets allé from which one also reaches the gym on the ground floor.


Flat Iron Building / Rosenbergs Arkitekter

Architects: Rosenbergs Arkitekter
Location: Torsgatan, Lilla Bantorget, Stockholm, Sweden
Year: 2009
Area: 18,200 sqm
Photographs: Åke E:Son Lindman, Tord Rikard Söderström



Architects: Wingårdh Arkitektkontor
Location: Lindholmsplatsen, Göteborg, Sweden
Area: 5350 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Tord-Rikard Soderstrom, Lindman


Passive House School Winning Proposal / Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture

Architects: Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture (KKA)
Location: Kungsbacka, Sweden
Team: Joakim, Fredik, Melia, Michael, Michele, Joti, Maelis, Sanna, Johan, Pamela, Maria, Paulina, Kay
Client: Eksta
Size: Medium 80,000 m²
Stage: Detailed Design
Energy Usage: 38,0 kWh/m²,year (Swedish passive house definition: minimum 45,0 kWh/m²,year)
Max Effect: 12,1 W/m²,K (Swedish passive house definition: minimum 15,0 W/m²,K)
Year: 2012


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

Architects: schmidt hammer lassen architects
Location: Karlshamn, Sweden
Engineer: Buro Happold
Landscape Architect: SLA
Client: Karlshamn Municipality, Sweden
Competition: 2013, 1st prize in a restricted international competition
Area: 5,000 m2


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Planning competition for Floda city centre won by Mandaworks and Hosper Sweden

Mandaworks and Hosper Sweden have been announced the winners of the architectural competition for the future planning of Floda’s city centre. Floda is a small community with a strong regional relationship to the city of Gothenburg. Of the 59 proposals submitted, the jury appointed ‘Down by the River’ the winner.

The award was presented at a ceremony in Lerum on Thursday, 21 February. The competition was organised by the Municipality of Lerum and Swedish Association of Architects in collaboration with Floda Torg Fastighets AB and Kusebacka Stiftelsen / Garveriet. The 59 proposals were exhibited in Floda and seen by over 700 visitors. The competition was organised to inspire new visions for the future development of central part of Floda. The intention is that the winning teams will be involved in further planning.

The gushing water from Sävelången to Säveån is the power behind Floda. A city historically formed around the water, Down by the River, recognises the force of the water in Floda and utilises the potential of future connections to focus Floda’s future on the water.

The jury said of the winning project: “Down by the River 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.”

In Down by the River, four key bridges form the starting point for four new development areas that grow from their specific contexts. In each of the development areas, the existing characters of the site are strengthened while new additions help weave together Floda’s centre.

Proposed settlements are concentrated around the river to support the new connections and bring life to Floda’s waterfront. A variety of building typologies create a mixed use centre that allows living, business and service to contribute to a vibrant downtown. Collectively, the proposed densification creates proximity between people and functions, and in turn leads to a pedestrian friendly centre and thus more sustainable community.

The jury concluded by saying: “The proposal is robust and with distinct qualities that can lead an urban transformation process with many stakeholders, consultations, and public involvement processes. The future planning process will enable the qualities of the proposal to be progressively refined.”


Flexible and sustainable competition entry selected for Helsingborg Hospital expansion

schmidt hammer lassen architects has won the competition to design the 35,000 sq m extension to the Helsingborg Hospital in the southern part of Sweden. The competition was won in cooperation with Aarhus Arkitekterne, NNE Pharmaplan and landscape architects Kragh & Berglund. The project comprises a new ward for adult psychiatry, an out-patient clinic and medical laboratories. Key to the whole design has been flexibility, a clear layout, variety, human scale, green courtyards and optimal conditions for daylight.

“We have designed a single building, whose architecture relates both to the existing hospital and the surrounding city,” explained Kasper Frandsen, Associate Partner at schmidt hammer lassen architects. “The building is expressed in one sculptural form, which houses three areas of activity: the out-patient clinic and laboratories in the lower and compact levels of the building, while the top levels containing the psychiatric ward open up to a more transparent structure.”

The building is flexible and therefore sustainable with regards to future demands for changing use and functions. It has a uniform sculptural expression, which adapts to the various functionality needs but at the same time corresponds with the scale of the surrounding buildings. The shifting and indented façade creates varying spaces and makes it possible to adapt the structure with open and closed parts depending on the functions behind it.

A hallway makes up the spine of the building and gathers together the different functions in a clear fashion. It has the double function of a dynamic urban street with a fine net of intersections, squares and views to green courtyards.

In the psychiatric ward, the emphasis is on an environment that allows for both relaxation and activities. This will have both a calming and inspiring effect on the patients, who are thereby challenged in a secure setting. The layout of the ward is clear, and the green roofs establish a distinct, undisturbed landscape. The composition of the bed wards creates sheltered, inner courtyards signalling calm and safety. From the upper levels, the patients have a panoramic view over the city and Oresund, which in turn affords plenty of daylight in the rooms.

The layout of the main functions of the building minimises walking distances, optimises daily operations and adjusts to the special needs of the different areas of activity.

“Human beings are the focal point of our approach to designing hospitals. Though we know that the buildings must support rational and efficient clinical operations, we never forget that this is all about people - about individuals with a soul and ability to feel and understand,” observed partner at schmidt hammer lassen architects, Kim Holst Jensen.


230m Polestar Tower to act as a catalyst for future development in Gothenburg​

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) with Copenhagen architects Entasis, and COWI Denmark and COWI Sweden have been announced as winners of an international design competition to conceptualise the tallest building in the Nordic region. The winning design for the Polestar Tower reaches 230m in height.

The competition was initiated by contractor SERNEKE and the City of Gothenburg to generate a residential-led mixed-use skyscraper that would act as a catalyst for future development in the area of Lindholmen. The successful design incorporates flats, loft-style apartments and duplexes with each unit benefiting from its own private balcony.

These residential units will be supported by a lounge, gym and roof deck to be shared by all residents, alongside a public restaurant and observation deck. The skyscraper takes inspiration from ‘ribbons blowing in the wind’ and will be blended into the district with a wider masterplan that integrates ‘a new cluster of taller structures’ to provide context.

A jury comment on the selection of a winner reads: “[This is] an identity-building proposal that takes a smart overall grip on both the skyscraper and urban environment. The proposal integrates the local environment into a whole that allows for a vibrant urban environment. The skyscraper’s distinct identity adds character and vitality to Lindholmen and will be Gothenburg’s new landmark and pride.”

In addition to the main competition proposal, SOM has created plans for a landscaped ring which connects important sites within Gothenburg in light of the city’s 400th anniversary in 2021. This scheme also includes the creation of a new park through the realignment of Lindholmsallén.

Kent Jackson, Design Director at SOM said: “We are very excited to have won this prestigious competition and will be pleased to deliver a great design and city district for the people of Gothenburg.”
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