Kiruna Stadshus, Kristallen har tilldelats European Steel Design Awards of Merits 2019. Prisutdelning hölls i den fantastiska byggnaden MIM (Music Instrument Museum) i Bryssel. På plats för att ta emot priset var Beställare; LKAB, Arkitekt; Henning Larsen Architects, Konstruktör; WSP och Stålentreprenör; Ruukki. Kiruna Stadshus var ett av fyra svenska bidrag som tävlade mot totalt 28 europeiska bidrag.
Juryns utlåtande: The Swedish town of Kiruna, 95 miles north of the Arctic Circle, sits atop the largest iron ore mine on the planet. The mine birthed Kiruna –And now, it threatens to erase it. A century of mining operations has begun to destabilize the earth around Kiruna. The ground is breaking, splitting into deep rifts and falling into sinkholes –Within the century, these rifts threaten to swallow the town. In response to this threat, mining firm Luossavaara-Kiirunavaara (LKAB) has proposed a direct solution: Move Kiruna three kilometers east.
European Steel Design Award of Excellence delades ut till två projekt.
PAN Treetop Houses i Finnskogen Norge.
Norway Fabrication: Armec as
Structural engineering firm: Finn-Erik Nilsen
Architect: Espen Surnevik
General contractor: Armec as
Project owner: Christine Mowinchel, Kristian Rostad
PAN Treetop Houses is an playful, imaginative project, contrasting a strict, modern micro-house dwelling with the deep, surrounding woodland. The stilted huts are inspired by forest fire lookout towers, A-framed lodges, and a Moomins’ house, and perhaps, more eerily, they channel Baba Yaga’s chicken leg cabin as well. The lightness of the loadbearing structure would not be possible in another material. The huts are linked to the free-standing spiral staircase by a light bridge, offering an entrance high above ground, but no real outside space to occupy. As such you can imagine running away to the forest, and then again from the forest, and into a microcosm of urbanity. PAN Treetop Houses are beguiling examples of architecture’s combination of irrational, societal desires, and rational, technical execution. The 40 m2 cabins are minimal and professionally executed. They are created with consistently high-quality engineering, architectural work, and steelwork, and exquisite detailing. The cabins are an example of how interesting architecture can create interest in a destination, by their appearance, and by the new way they frame and inhabit their environment. PAN Treetop Houses is a unique project with character, and an outstanding example of steel construction.
Oodi Central Library, Helsingfors
Fabrication: Normek Oy
Structural engineering firm: Ramboll Finland
Architect: ALA architects
General contractor: YIT Rakennus oy
Project owner: City of Helsinki
The Oodi Central Library is the new Central Library of Helsinki. It appears as a concert hall for books, providing elegant landscapes for reading, recording music, modern fabrication, a café and a film theater. As in earlier projects by the Architects, the design offers a bold, symphonic gesture which becomes a governing force in the functioning of the building. In this case, the move is a hoisting and angling of the wooden front, opening it up and inviting the public to look in and enter. The building itself works as a 108 meter span bridge, carried by two 1000 tonnes arches and a supporting load bearing steel structure, to create an open, column free inside view. Clad in timber and glass, the structural system is hidden, but it is a necessary precondition and recognizable to initiates of building technique. Oodi Central Library will remain a jewel of the Finish capital, and an outstanding example of steel construction.
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