The city of Kiruna has announced the winner of the competition to effectively move the city away from the subsidence radiating from the iron mine which is slowly swallowing the old city. Kiruna 4-ever won by White Architects AB (Stockholm), Ghilardi + Hellsten (Oslo), Spacescape (Stockholm), Vectura Consulting AB (Solna) and Evidence BLW AB (Stockholm).
Because of what must be one of the largest mines in Europe Kiruna is the biggest energy consumer in Sweden coupled with a relatively extreme northerly climate the redesign of Kiruna is a big and interesting urban challenge. The winning proposal has at it’s heart in many ways the introduction of a cable car system to link the mine the new center and other key points of the city.
Kiruna, the town in Northern Sweden that is slowly slipping into the ground has announced the closed competition list to redesign the city when it moves to it’s new location.
- Design AIM (Helsingborg) and Onix Sweden AB (Helsingborg) with advisor / sub-consultants Noema Culture & Place Mapping (London), Atkins (Malmö) and Farawaysoclose / Apocalypse Labotek (Malmö).
- Bjarke Ingels Group (Copenhagen), Spacescape (Stockholm), Testbedstudio (Stockholm), Topotek 1 & Man Made Land (Berlin) and Resource Vision (Stockholm).
- BSK Architects AB (Stockholm), MVRDV (Rotterdam) and Grontmij in Sweden AB (Stockholm).
- COBE Aps (Copenhagen) with advisers Kragh & Berglund (Copenhagen and Stockholm), Moe & Bread Farm (Rodovre), Yngve Andren Konsult AB (Stockholm) and Boris Broman Jensen (Aarhus).
- Ecosistema Urban (Madrid), architect Kristine Jensen Tegnestue (Aarhus), 700N architecture AS (Tromsø), Lighting Architecture (Stockholm) and Atkins (Stockholm).
- KCAP Architect & Planners (Rotterdam) and Case Studio (Gothenburg).
- NorconsultByplan (Sandvika), Norconsult landscape architect (Sandvika), Fantastic Norway (Oslo) and the 0047 International AS (Oslo).
- Tham and Videgård Architects (Stockholm), Territorial Agency (London) and a_zero environmental architects (London).
- Tovatt Architects & Planners (Stockholm), Atelier Dreiseitl (Ueberlingen), Urban Think Tank Architects LLC (Zurich) and Wenanders (Stockholm).
- White Architects AB (Stockholm), Ghilardi + Hellsten (Oslo), Spacescape (Stockholm), Vectura Consulting AB (Solna) and Evidence BLW AB (Stockholm)
Expect the result in March 2013.
See my original write up of Kiruna here.
Ärsta Church by Johan Celsing Architects. Simple Beauty. With loadbearing brick the structure of the building is the same as it’s materials. A rare feature these days, speaking of an honesty of detailing and materiality.
BIG Architects andÂ NOD Landscape Architects have made a major proposal for the Slussen in Stockholm. This area one of the busiest transport interchanges in the city has become increasingly run down and inaccessible to cyclists and pedestrians. But the new proposal would reverse that completely. Watch the video below to see how the proposal would work in practise.
It’s an interesting comparison to make between the Slussen proposal and Helsinkis’ Koivusaari schemes.
Harri MÃ¤kiaho a Finnish Architect has just won a competition for a new Art Centre and Theatre in Sundsvall, Sweden. The entry was called KrÃ¤fta. The Swedish Architects Association has a page on it with some good images and plans. It’s a really nice project and deserved winner, and the jury description is mostly quite accurate.
However rather that the jury calling it completely original I believe it as a strong development of recent themes in Finnish Architecture, JKMM’s Verkatehdas springs to mind as do a couple of recent schools. This does not detract from the scheme, actually in my view it adds to it. By developing successful methodology and adapting them you have a blueprint for an excellent building without having to raise it to the level of virtuoso artistic creation wholly original. Anyway Sundsvall is getting an excellent building.
Storalgen has permission to build giant 45m high moose in Sweden to boost tourism. Check out the video, and look at the full story on Eikongraphia, then shake your head wondering briefly what the f### they were thinking of, and then go back to what you were doing.
The Magazine for Swedish Architecture is Arkitektur. But they have an excellent weblog which is worth checking out, they name checked me, so thanks guys! Mostly in Swedish, I can get some sort of idea of the content of the site from my desktop translator although it churns out much rubbish, but its worth it because the choice of projects on the blog is really good. It’s quite a refreshing attitude for a mainstream print magazine to experiment with a weblog, something that could be seen as undermining the value of the printed magazine itself. However I think that handled well it should actually improve and enrich the reader experience of the magazine to have a more active presence online than a standard magazine webpage with little content. A weblog is someting ARK over here in Finland should really think about. So much Kudos to Arkitektur I will follow your weblog as best I can, and add to my knowledge of Swedish Architecture.
I wrote a review of the Arctic Cities exhibition currently on at the Finnish Museum of Architecture in Helsinki over at the Ovi. The exhibition is about three cities in the North, TromsÃ¸ in Norway, Kiruna in Sweden which I’ve written about before, and Oulu in Finland. Also I took some photos.
Just over a year ago I posted about Ice Architecture. I’ve just now updated the map to show the location of the Ice Hotel and there are some great new photos over at ADD. I hope everyone had a great xmas & new year.
The Town of Kiruna in Sweden is cracking apart. Like an earthquake in slow motion the ground near Kiruna cracks and sinks in an ever widening circle which is beginning to tear apart the city. A huge Iron ore Mine to the west of the town has caused the earth to subside around the mine at an ever expanding rate, and like an earthquake, the earth displaces in an ever widening circle creating cracks and subsidence and destroying buildings. This slow motion earthquake will last another 100 years has already begin to encroach into the city and will reach the centre soon. What’s the solution? The town will have to move. Continue reading
Popular Music from Vittula by Mikael Niemi is a funny bitter-sweet story of a boy growing up in the town of Pajala in the Arctic circle. The coming of age story of Matti in which each chapter is a short story or vignette which stands up to reading on its own. However when combined together the chapters set out the life of a wannabee rock and roll star growing up on the Swedish/Finnish border wonderfully. This is a worldwide bestseller and it is easy to see why. Narrated with the power of a true writers ability it clearly stands out from the crowd of recent fiction I’ve read, its told with real warmth, affection and humour. A fantastic book and well worth a read. Interestingly Pajala has a hi resolution presence on Google earth here’s the kmz (download for Google earth) centered on Pajala’s other claim to fame, the biggest sundial in the world. This is the second book I’ve read in the Finnish summer reading project with Georg.
Jugendsali has an exhibition running till currently showing off the talents of four architectural photographers. Jens Lindhe from Denmark, Jiri Havran from Norway, Ã…ke E:son Lindman from Sweden and Jussi Tiainen from Finland. I particularly liked how Jens Lindhe subtly broke the mould of most architectural photography, it was more informal and the pictures were printed three on a sheet with different views of the same building, including people and with depth of focus that most architectural photography eschews. Pity his website doesn’t have more examples of this refreshing approach to architectural photography.
When the snow finally comes to Helsinki (the rest of Finland is often white weeks before) the landscape totally reverses and ground becomes lighter than the sky. This and the holiday season puts me in mind of the ice hotel which I have been dreaming of visiting since going into a glacier in the summer (mer de glace). The ice hotel is rebuilt anew every year with 30,000 tons of snow and 4,000 tons of ice.Ice blocks are cut from the TorneÃ¤lven River in late autumn and the ice hotel gradually takes shape over the next few months. Other areas are made using snow canons to blast the snow over arched steel sections, the biggest being 5 metres in height and 6 metres across. Two days later, the sections are moved and are ready to use somewhere else. The ice pillars are then put in place to give extra strength to the self-supporting snow arches. The design is based on the architecture of the mediaeval cathedral. Temperatures in the icehotel vary between -4 to -9 degrees c even when outside temperatures drop below -30c.But by late april the suns rays begin to take their toll and by june the ice hotel has returned to its liquid state.
â€œwe have been developing architecture and construction techniques and observing how snow and ice react as a building material. It is not so often mentioned that Icehotel is in itself a work of art. Without direct reference material on how to construct an Icehotel, I began studying European cathedrals, applying the arch and dome forms to frozen water. Creating the worldâ€™s first Icehotel has been ground breaking in validating ice and snow as materials for art, architecture, and design. The forms over which the hotel is molded are based on the catenary arch, the shape made by suspending a length of chain between two points. The vaulted ceiling of the Ice Bar is inspired by the Basilique cathedral in Reims, France. After performing its duties for the winter, the spring sun slowly melts the temporary building and it returns back to the river.â€ Architect Ã…ke Larsson chief designer
This form of building is, at the cusp of a new year, somehow a welcome break from the never ending imagineering of the dubai projects that had often marked 2005.
The Icehotel,is in northern Lapland, Sweden, beside the River Torne 17 kilometres from the town of Kiruna.. About 200 kilometers above the Arctic Circle. There is one in Canada too.
My friend Jurgen is coming to visit us in Finland next month. Great to see you mate! It’s a small detour from the main event where he is going to build an earthship in Sweden. NL branch is here. I really believe the future of architecture will be designing in ecological thinking and technology of different levels into all building types. But having said that look at the treehugger entry for earthship and you will see the problem! The buildings themselves signal to me the kind of eco architecture I’m a little sceptical of, namely that of a building template that ‘looks’ right and is applied in all situations no matter where in the globe and what the site is. Also what about designing in the city environment where more and more of the worlds population will end up living? Anyway the Cult thing mentioned in treehugger is maybe a little overblown but Jurgen try not to listen to too much Grateful Dead and I’ll see you soon!
The Pinchouse(s) is not really a flatpack house but a predesigned and partly premade set of different house designs, a template house I guess. None of these are twee and just a short look through the website shows they embody high design principals. I am particularly interested by the blackhouse update to the viking longhouse design (pictured). As it should have the option of double space heights and more interesting if linear internal layouts. Its also a really cool update of at least a thousand year old house ‘template’. From Sweden but definetly targeted at Finland specifically and the rest of the world generally!