A shortlist of all-star architecture firms has just been unveiled in the competition to design the tallest skyscraper in Scandinavia in Gothenburg, Sweden. The competition, which was initiated by Swedish construction company SERNEKE, selected the five teams based on proposals submitted anonymously. Although the jury hasn’t revealed which firm is responsible for which rendering yet, we do know that the highly acclaimed Zaha Hadid Architects and SOM are among the top five picks.
The building company SERNEKE envisions the 700 foot tall mixed-use tower as a major Swedish landmark and integral piece to the surrounding development plans. Following the selection of the winner, Serneke expects that the building could be ready for use in as little as four or five years, and at the latest by 2021. The five high-profile firms chosen to compete include Zaha Hadid Architects, SOM, Ian Simpson Architects, Manuelle Gautrand Architects, and Wingårdhs Arkitektkontor.
The shortlisted entries were selected not only for aesthetic appeal, but also for the ease of construction and environmentally friendly attributes. To break up the building’s imposing height, every proposal explores different facade treatments, from crisscrossed webbing to a latticed treatment layered with vegetation. The jury will announce the winner of the competition on June 17.
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