Kjellander+Sjöberg win a competition in Växjö

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Kjellander + Sjöberg Arkitektkontor has together with the developer Skanska won a contest in Växjö, Sweden. It´s a block which is the beginning of a new part of Växjö called Bäckaslöv.

It has many sympathetic features such as the houses are in the outer border of the block so that the green park in the middle will be as large as possible, the wooden facades is a wink to the citys history with a lot of wooden facades. Within the block there´s numerous different functions, such as rental housing, student housing, senior housing as well as school and different kind of businesses which is very sympathetic in contrast to many new blocks today which is planned for only one or two categories. Everybody gains with a mixed group of people/age/function.

Pure aesthetically I like that it´s the same facade on both wall and roof, along with the shape of the buildings. It makes a clean but yet dramatic effect.

Images from and read more at: Kjellander + Sjöberg Arkitektkontor.

Compact Living with a twist

Here´s one of this week´s apartments for sale in Stockholm. It has a very nice touch with elegant black kitchen with white marble counter, and a discreet grey tone on the walls make a nice contrast with the white floor and the black furniture and detailing. A very nice refurbishment, indeed..

Photos from and read more: Till Salu | SkandiaMäklarna.

Henning Larsen Wins Competition for Future Vinge Train Station in Denmark

Another win for Henning Larsen Architects as they has won Frederikssund municipality´s architecture competition to design a regional train station and new quarter in the future town of Vinge. I like the character of the  facade, with the clean, solid facade in contrast to story-high windows. I also like the sweeping bridge over the rail tracks, which take a sculptural form.

Image from and more info: Henning Larsen Wins Competition for Future Vinge Train Station in Denmark | ArchDaily.

Ferring International Center – Henning Larsen Architects

I really like this building, Ferring International Center, from 2002 designed by Henning Larsen Architects. I like the repetitive facade with it´s simplicity that creates an elegant building. The project contains two buildings, a basic three-storey building and on top of this the 13 story high building is standing.

Photos from and further information: Ferring International Center :: Henning Larsen Architects.

Fine Food Kärlek och Mat – Note Design Studio

Note Design Studio has designed the interior at the restaurang “Fine food, Love and food” in Hammarby Sjöstad in Stockholm, Sweden.

The studio was inspired by a photo series of the misty Death Valley by Jordan Sullivan with its soft color changes of daylight that turns the harsh landscape into a poetic place.

I like that it feels nordic and that it is so colorful. The green marble is also a welcome touch in contrast to the light ash wood, the brass and the natural leather. All in all, it´s a very nice combination.

Designer: Note Design Studio

Photos from and read more: Fine Food Kärlek och Mat | Note Design Studio.

Norway’s New National Arts Museum – Oslo

A new National Arts Museum in Oslo, Norway, is on it´s way. The architects Kleihues + Schuwerk Gesellschaft von Architekten is behind the design. The location is in the old harbor in central Oslo,  where both the new opera house is situated and numerous office buildings are under construction.

I like the dark facades with clean lines and the warm interior that seems to radiate through the big windows.

Pictures from/read more at: Design Revealed for Norway’s New National Arts Museum | ArchDaily.

Now we´re talking – Solar energy that doesnt block the view

Something very interesting is brewing at Michigan State University. They have researched and developed a new type of solar concentrator made by transparent material so it may be used in windows. The efficiency isn´t great at todays date, but the most interesting part is that there now is a concept, and given some time, they hope to be able to raise the efficiency. It´s a natural, logical solution that I hope will be very common in the future.

Read more and see more photos from: Solar energy that doesnt block the view | MSUToday | Michigan State University.

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