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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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Caught by Umeå

The Swedish town of Umea is set to become Europe’s capital of culture next year - and to celebrate, the city has created a dazzling ice block building that captures the awe-inspiring spectacle of the northern lights! The translucent space reminiscent of the aurora borealis will be touring Europe in the coming months for the Caught by Umea exhibition. After all, how best to celebrate the town’s forthcoming honor than by encapsulating the northern lights for the rest of Europe to enjoy!
Throughout the Caught by Umea exhibitions artists will create impermanent ice sculptures all over Europe. Giant blocks of ice will be placed in strategic locations around each city the exhibition visits, expressing a kind of message – a frozen note, a sculpture, or even a QR code. These blocks of ice will lead to a large central meeting place filled with exciting experiences related to Umea and northern Sweden.
Organizers from Umea are going to great lengths to form “co-creative” partnerships and inspiring initiatives between countries for the tour. Each artist exhibiting during the tour has been selected as finalists for a competition, and a panel of experts from each country will pick national winners that will be exhibited in Umea in 2014.

In Copenhagen

In Spain

Sources (information and pictures): Caught by Umea,¥-tour-in-warsaw-poland/?extend=1, Facebook.
Juvelen, Uppsala

Juvelen will be the next most sustainable office building in Scandinavia. Some pictures of the winning proposal for the architecture competition which was proposed by Utopia Arkitekter and Skanska:




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Barnhusbron, Stockholm

A new vision..

Norrmalm and Kungsholmen, Stockholm

En vision (..) om en ny bro mellan Norrmalm och Kungsholmen eller som arkitekten beskriver det snarare en tunnel.

(c) Urban Future Organisation

(c) Urban Future Organisation

More information: Urban Future Organisation, Stockholm & Projekt.
What a wonderful country and city! So full of character and vision. Love the innovation and daring designs. Sweden is truly remarkable.
Regards from Ukraine. :)
Vision: Bremen Tower

Bremen Tower
Värtan, Östermalm, Stockholm

A new tower may be built in Värtan, Norra Djurgårdsstaden [a newly built area], Stockholm. The building is supposed to be 32 floors high, divided by sections (4 floors each). The lowest section would be reserved as the office space and the rest would be a residential area. An open to everyone skybar is planned to be constructed on the uppermost floor.

The architects are: Humlegården Fastigheter och 3XN Arkitekter.

34.000 m2


More information: 3XN, Humlegården, Stockholm & Projekt.
Under construction: Hobbit village

Hobbit village
Muskö, Stockholm archipelago

Muskö island will house 30 huts resembling Bilbo Baggins’ dwellings, using natural building materials to create an eco-friendly community.
Sweden-based British entrepreneur John Higson plans to build a hobbit village on his property on the sleepy island of Muskö. “I’ve always been fascinated by different, weird-ish houses,” he says.

A real-life hobbit village will soon be nestled in the lush forests of a Swedish island, a whimsical housing scheme billed as the first of its kind — but behind the fantasy gimmick lies a genuine interest for sustainable development.
The Swedish hobbit village will keep the notion of natural materials and soft, round shapes: the windows, doors and walls will all be curved.
Yet the houses will be slightly more up-to-date, built for city-dwellers longing to retreat to nature on weekends and holidays.
Natural building materials from the area will also be used, such as timber, stone, sand, clay and grass. Energy efficiency will be a primary goal, so heating will come from solar power and wood-burning.
The village is not targeted at fans of Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings — rather, it is intended to appeal to those who care about the environment and want to live close to nature.
The island’s first hobbit house is scheduled to be ready in the middle of next year, with the village completed within a few years.

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Folkkungagatan/Londonviadukten (Södermalm) | Ferry terminal Timber Tower | ? fl. | Pro

Urban Future Organisation suggest to build a wooden highrise in Södermalm island of Stockholm.

The architects are Urban Future Organisation.

Year: 2014

Sources: Urban Future Organisation, Stockholm & Projekt.

Perhaps, no more details are known as of yet.
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Europe’s best designed bar: Cuckoo’s Nest

Cuckoo’s Nest at the Radisson Blu Riverside Hotel Gothenburg, Sweden
Designed by Stylt Trampoli AB

Winner of Interior Design of the Year: Bar


Radisson Blu Riverside Hotel is situated in what used to be one of Gothenburg’s old shipyard districts, Lindholmen. Today the area is host to a new and different kind of arena.
The Lindholmen Science Park has developed into one of the leading forums for innovation, research and education within science, new technologies and communication.
With this in mind, the mission has been to establish an interior concept for the restaurant and bar of the hotel, neighbouring the science park.
As the line between genius and madness is subtle, creators named the restaurant and bar Cuckoo’s Nest. This is a meeting place for visionaries and dreamers, creators and contrary thinkers, innovators and possibility-people. Having drawn on inspiration from the local surroundings, the Cuckoo’s Nest incorporates features that give a heightened sense of scientific thinking. An example is the bar, which illustrates notes and calculations from Albert Einstein, illuminating them as if they are on an actual chalkboard. The bar has been incorporated together with the restaurant to create a milieu that is welcoming to both the traveller, but also for the local visionary and possibility-people alike.
Design elements have been developed to enhance the warm and welcoming feeling for either groups of people or for the lone visitor. By opening the door for the possibilities of scientific sharing, the new bar next to the restaurant becomes a natural meeting ground, worthy of everyone who knows that there never was a genius without a tincture of madness.

Judge's Comment:

The judges said this was an engaging and lively bar environment that lends itself to a sociable atmosphere, with interesting and provocative design features throughout. Once again, this concept was highly commended by the judges for its storytelling and sense of place achieved by designers Stylt Trampoli.

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I love the rendering of the building with the stacked and rotated cubes. It looks a bit like the Exhibit building in Toronto, which is also about the same height, and plays off the Daniel Libeskind museum across the street. Exhibit is already under construction. But the Swedish version is "greener" and has a better interplay of solid and transparent elements. I look forward to comparing the two when they're both built.
I like such kind of creative design.
Täby Centrum, Stockholm

Täby Centrum (or Täby C) is a large shopping mall in the center of Täby suburb in Stockholms region. The mall was built in 1968 (re-opened in 1991) and redeveloped in recent years. The building was renovated and 60 additional shops, 20 restaurants and cafées, a cinema and several grocery stores were additionally built.

The owner of the mall: Unibail-Rodamco,
Area: 79.116 sq.m.,
Total number of shops: 160,
Approximate number visitors: 13 mln./per year,

The mall is being expanded further (expected date of completion: 2015).

Some pictures from spring last year, when a part of the renovated area of the mall and a new 'Apple store' were opened:

Unibail Rodamco

Taby shopping centre by BeeFortyTwo, on Flickr

Taby shopping centre by BeeFortyTwo, on Flickr

Taby shopping centre by BeeFortyTwo, on Flickr

Taby shopping centre by BeeFortyTwo, on Flickr

Taby shopping centre by BeeFortyTwo, on Flickr

Taby shopping centre by BeeFortyTwo, on Flickr
Spotify Office, Stockholm

Some pictures of the main office of the World-famous Spotify (a commercial music streaming service) which is located in Stockholm:

Spotify HQ by Rosapolis, on Flickr

Spotify HQ by Rosapolis, on Flickr

Spotify HQ by Rosapolis, on Flickr

Spotify HQ by Rosapolis, on Flickr

Spotify HQ by Rosapolis, on Flickr

Spotify HQ by Rosapolis, on Flickr

Spotify HQ by Rosapolis, on Flickr

Spotify HQ by Rosapolis, on Flickr

Spotify HQ by Rosapolis, on Flickr
Renovated Stora Hotellet Umeå

Some pictures of the recently renovated Stora Hotellet Umeå which was built in 1895 and is located in the central part of Umeå city in northern Sweden. It is worth mentioning that Umeå is a joint European Capital of Culture this year.

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Nobel Center by David Chipperfield Architects Berlin

The winner of the architecture competition:

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The fastest wooden Rocky Mountain roller coaster in Europe - Wildfire will be located in Kolmården (Kolmårdens djurpark/Kolmården Wildlife Park)!


Top speed: 113 km/hour

Length: 1 300 meters

Elevation: 57 meters

First drop: 49 meters with a tilt of 83 degrees

Number of inversions: 3

Airtime (the feeling of weightlessness): 12 movements, 4 of those with negative G

Ridetime: 120 seconds

Capacity: 960 persons/hour

Seats per train: 24 personer

Height limit: 120 cm

Investment: 110 miljon SEK

Manufacturer: Rocky Mountain Construction (USA).

Status: under contruction
Preliminary date of completion: 8th of April, 2013.

More information:,, Wildfire ska bli snabbast i Europa.
Something I find astounding is that in that mall you have lush fabric furniture for people to sit upon. In the U.S. you would never see such a thing. Hooligans and carelessness would destroy them all within months.
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Glasvasen - a new office building in Malmö (U/C)

Niagara @ Malmö högskola (U/C)

Niagara - a new building of Malmö University that is currently being constructed in Universitetsholmen, Malmö:

Niagara in facts:

Name: Kv. Niagara
Use: Education
Height: 54.5m
No. of floors: 11fl
Developer: Malmö Högskola / Akademiska Hus AB
Architect: Lundgaard & Tranberg A/S
Planned Construction start: 2012
Finished: 2015

Malmö högskola par John | Niklasson, sur Flickr

Untitled par Tomas Van Dalen, sur Flickr

Untitled par Tomas Van Dalen, sur Flickr
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Science Village, European Spallation Source, IDEON
Lund, Sweden | Status: Under construction | Source

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