Octopharma – White

One of the few industries left in Stockholm city, the medical producer Octopharma, is expanding into a nearby old Brewery-building.

The old brewery tradition in old copper kettles has been an inspiration for the use of copper in the interior design, and such a link between the buildings history and its future is very sympathetic to me. And I like the combination of the traditional nordic materials, copper, limestone and pine flooring in combination with the white and dark turqoise colors, which gives it a light, nordic character with a twist.

Photos from and read more here: Projekt – White.

Competition proposal in Katrineholm – studio fredrik lund/sanden/hodnekvam arkitekter

Inspiring image from a competition proposal made by Studio Fredrik Lund in collaboration with sanden/hodnekvam arkitekter. I like the black framing construction and its simple structure in contrast to the airy, withdrawn glass-facade which creates generous balconies for all the apartments.

Images from and read more here: studio fredrik lund : the bookshelf – housing in katrineholm, sweden – september 2014.

The seven winning teams in the competition Oceanhamnen – Helsingborgs stad

The competition Oceanhamnen in Helsingborg, Sweden, is now completed and the 7 winning teams are announced. Oceanhamnen is an area with spectacular view over the ocean and is just around the corner from the central station Knutpunkten. The area is to be characterized by the themes; talent, tolerance, time, technology and “not adjusted”. The participants were asked to interpret the words in their projects in order to think new and as a new way of working.

The seven winning teams are:

– Sundprojekt AB med White Arkitekter AB Malmö

– Tage & Söner Förvaltnings AB med Liljewall Arkitekter AB

– Midroc Property Development med Kamikaze Arkitekter

– Riksbyggen med Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture AB

– Magnolia Bostad AB med Link Arkitektur AB och Batteríið Architects Ltd

– K-fastigheter och Fastighets AB Balder med Kanozi Arkitekter AB

– Serneke Projektstyrning AB med Arkitektlaget och Jais Arkitekter

Personally, I like Tage & Söner Förvaltnings AB/Liljewall Arkitekter AB and Magnolia Bostad AB/Link Arkitektur AB/Batteriio Architects Ltd projects the best. In my opinion, they seem more coherent and calm, even if the facades are made of varying elements.

Picture above: Sundprojekt AB with  White Arkitekter AB MalmöPicture above:  Tage & Söner Förvaltnings AB with Liljewall Arkitekter AB

Picture above: Serneke Projektstyrning AB with Arkitektlaget and Jais Arkitekter

Picture above: Riksbyggen with Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture AB

Picture above: Midroc Property Development with Kamikaze Arkitekter

Picture above: Magnolia Bostad AB with Link Arkitektur AB and Batteriio Architects Ltd

Picture above: K-fastigheter and Fastighets AB Balder with Kanozi Arkitekter AB

Read more and pictures from: Sju team får bygga bostäder i Oceanhamnen – Helsingborgs stad.

Modern Swedish townhouses at Lundagatan, Stockholm – Utopia Arkitekter

Another nice project from Utopia Arkitekter at Lundagatan, Stockholm. It´s an elegant little infill-project with 17 townhouses with an aesthetic that reminds me of Danish architecture, a bit like Arne Jacobsen´s townhouses but in 2015, and in Stockholm.

Images from and read more here: Utopia • Lundagatan.

Valencia, Copenhagen – Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter

In Copenhagen, an old dance hall from 1861 called Valencia, has been renovated and revitalized with a modern addition. In respectful contrast to the classic building, it got a modern courtyard, and the interior was renovated to show the old walls, tone down the ceiling and floor and a new addition was installed. Inside Valencia, they created a new structure made of corrugated aluminium with a  warm yellow interior.

I like the beautiful old building, and that the new structure inside is freestanding, leaving the old building intact. And with the neutral color of the aluminium it matches the old building, yet the corrugated pattern makes it more interesting. And then comes the warm, yellow inside the addition which sparks it up, I like the non-compromising yellow tone that includes everything, and it makes a good match both from the inside-out, and outside-in. Interesting, modern, respectful and well done.

Photos from and read more: valencia / copenhagen / 2014 – DORTE MANDRUP ARKITEKTER.

6 finalists revealed in Gothenburg – Akademiska Hus

#1 Haga Forum

#2 Varp

#3 Open House

#4 Unus et Vertere

#5 Annex

#6 Campus Diem

In Gothenburg, there has been an architectural competition about a building addition to the University of Economics. Above, You may see the 6 finalists which are designed by:

– Yellon + Kim Utzon Arkitekter + WSP + Atkins, Sverige/Danmark

– Johan Celsing Arkitektkontor, Sverige

– Johannes Norlander Arkitektur + Arup, Sverige/Storbritannien

– Lundgaard & Tranberg Arkitekter, Danmark

– XDGA + Contekton + Integra engineering + Andersson & Hultmark, Belgien/Sverige

– Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos, Tyskland /Spanien

My favorite is nr 5, Annex, because of the clean, simple facade, which also connect and respond to the existing building, but with a modern touch. It also respects the existing building and let them both stand as equal solitaires, with a corresponding scale and aesthetic.

Images from and read more: Akademiska Hus | Förslag för ny byggnad på Handelshögskolan i Göteborg visas upp.

Aesop Bibliotekstan – in praise of shadows

The australian brand Aesop opened their first shop in Scandinavia during 2014. The architects, In praise of shadows, names three sources for inspiration; the philosophy of Jun’ichiro Tanizaki and movies made by Lars von Trier and Ingmar Bergman.

The shop is divided in two parts, one more open and public and one more intimate. The materials are mostly plaster and wood, and the counter is an impressive piece of solid wood sculptured by tree-sculptor Lies-Marie Hoffman.

Read more: Aesop Bibliotekstan : in praise of shadows arkitektur ab.

Photos from: http://residencemagazine.se/aesop-oppnar-butik-i-stockholm/

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