The London office of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM) has won an international competition to build one of the tallest skyscrapers in Scandinavia with their design, The Polestar Tower. The 60-storey, 230-meter high building is part of an urban revitalization project for the Swedish city of Gothenburg in celebration of the city's 400th birthday.
The SOM team collaborated with Copenhagen architects Entasis and engineering firm COWI to realize what will be the tallest building in Sweden. Together, the team beat four other international finalists in the competition from a total field of 50 entries. The design proposal also includes a masterplan for the surrounding public spaces, including a 143,000 square meter mixed-use district. The SOM team drew on the company’s experience as designers of six of the world’s 15 tallest buildings to present a remarkable departure from the general trend of Scandinavian urban design.
The main tower will be for residential use, with a combination of single-storey and loft-style apartments and duplexes. The design has considered maximum efficiency in energy usage and floor space. Each apartment will have balcony access and there will be a public viewing deck at the top of the building. Community-building features of the residential development include a shared residents’ lounge, a public restaurant, a gym and a roof deck at podium level.
The residential tower will be surrounded by a cluster of mixed-use, mid-rise buildings. These will visually ground the tower and provide a retail, restaurant and entertainment district for the entire city. SOM revealed the tower’s design was inspired by the form of ribbons blowing in the wind. The competition jury stated that the winning selection was: “An identity-building proposal that takes a smart holistic approach to both the skyscraper and the urban environment. The proposal integrates the local environment into a whole that allows for a vibrant urban environment. The skyscraper’s distinctive identity adds character and vitality to Lindholmen and will be Gothenburg’s new landmark and pride.” Construction is scheduled to be completed in 2019.
Via Architecture Lab
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