OMA wins competition for twin
skyscrapers in Stockholm


News: Dutch firm OMA has won a competition to design a pair of skyscrapers in Stockholm, Sweden, with a proposal featuring staggered facades.

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The buildings in the city's Hagastaden district will contain apartments, with a bar and exhibition space occupying the upper floors of one tower, and public facilities including a health club, library and shops on the ground floors.

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Projecting living spaces cascade down the exterior of the buildings, creating a series of sheltered balconies.

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"The informal appearance of the towers will express domesticity, perhaps even humanism," explains OMA partner Reinier de Graaf.

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Image copyright OMA - Frans Parthesius

OMA will work with developer Oscar Properties to construct the 100-metre towers, which will be the third tallest twin skyscrapers in Sweden.

Images are copyright OMA unless stated otherwise. Top image is copyright OMA - bloomimages.

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Image copyright OMA - Frans Parthesius

Last week, a design by OMA for a bridge incorporating space for events and a pedestrian boulevard made the final two of a competition in Bordeaux, while Swedish architects Belatchew Arkitekter have proposed covering a skyscraper in Stockholm in plastic bristles that would generate electricity through wind power.

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Here's some more information from OMA:

OMA has won the design competition for Tors Torn in Stockholm. The project, led by OMA Partner Reinier de Graaf and OMA Associate Alex de Jong, and designed as the third tallest twin skyscrapers in Sweden, was selected from entries by four competing practices.

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With each of the towers a crescendo composition of different heights, the mixed-use project is an interpretation of existing urban guidelines which call for a gateway to the new Hagastaden area of Stockholm. OMA's design proposes the introduction of a "rough skin" formed through a striking, alternating pattern of protruding living spaces and introverted outdoor spaces.

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Reinier de Graaf commented: "We are delighted to have won the competition and - together with Oscar Properties - to build the Tors Torn residential towers. The 100 meter high towers define the new neighborhood Hagastaden as an integral part of the growing city center of Stockholm. The informal appearance of the towers will express domesticity, perhaps even humanism."

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Image copyright OMA - Frans Parthesius

OMA's design challenges the expected uniformity and homogenous facade treatment that is often assigned to tower structures. Instead, it extends the skin to expose the individuality of the separate living units in the two blocks - a true vertical, urban agglomeration.

In addition to private residential apartments, Tors Torn will also contain a diverse public program for the wider community of Hagastaden, an ongoing urban development project aiming to extend the downtown area of Stockholm. A bar and exhibition space will occupy the upper floors of one tower, with the ground floors of both towers accommodating a health club, library, children's center and retail areas.

The project is scheduled to break ground in 2015.

  • boooo

    Looks nice! But if that's all exposed concrete they might run into some problems (see Habitat 67).

  • gugu

    Bjarne’s back.

  • zizi

    They don’t even try anymore, just pile up the apartments and that’s it.

  • zizi

    “The informal appearance of the towers will express domesticity, perhaps even humanism.” Haha, okay they’re f***ing with us. Stockholm doesn’t deserve this.

  • kim

    So those egress stairs… couldn’t get them inside the project?

  • yh shin

    OMG! OMA…

  • Dav

    OMA is just getting bigger and bigger.

  • David B

    Someone needs to remove their head from where the sun don’t shine. These are dog awful…

  • JayCee

    Perhaps… even… humanism? Perhaps? Even? Seriously?

  • dan

    The most definitely not brutal arrangement of the component parts of the whole are in no way put into a language to make sure the client actually thinks their getting their money’s worth. Go for it OMA. If the idiot clients buy your nonsense, why not?

  • gdane

    It’s funny how the Metastadt concept has been revived as a “new” prefab trend.
    There is a reason why they had to tear the Metastadt down after 15 years…

  • erasmus-van

    Stockholm does deserve this. This is a very refined and very Scandinavian revival of brutalism. It is about time. Go for it OMA!

    • zizi

      Poor Swedes. What have they done to you?

  • petruspalmer

    What the! This is just next to my flat. Oh I hope they don't shade my balcony :). Seriously though OMA, I doubt this will break ground in the current form. Stockholm is not an easy city to build skyscrapers in.

  • south

    I'm not really sure these fit the definition of 'skyscrapers', even by Europe's meagre standards.

  • just sayin

    Looks like OMA didn’t take the competition seriously, but eventually won.

  • Concerned Citizen

    It already looks like a project from the last century, mid or earlier.

  • Paulo

    Rem Koolhaas, in the book “Supercritical” is quoted as he says something like: “Sometimes we, the big architecture offices of the world, should simply not enter certain competitions, and give space for other architects to emerge and propose things, because otherwise it is a closed circle where it is difficult to breakthrough”.

    Perhaps OMA should start putting that into practice and calm down their eucalyptus-like approach.

  • the_Dude

    Also agree with CC, looks like the failed UK council flats of the 50s and 60s. Not too pretty.

  • Roger

    Brutalism seems to be OMA's new style, they used to be known for complex, intellectual works. This is not a Koolhaas.

    At least the towers have balconies this time, not just another office facade as most of their other residential projects.

  • Mariia

    Back to metabolism. Really lame.

  • Joel

    I don’t think this design will age well. Aren’t they a bit too tall for Stockholm?

  • A bit repetitive perhaps, Mr De Graaf? They could have at least given the two towers slighlty different expression, or materiality. My guess all that repetition won them the project, as it certainly helps keeping the cost down.

    Sweden is Europe’s most expensive place to build in, so you’d better get your money’s worth. This is the place where some developers give their architects an ikea-catalog of their own selected materials and products, and you have (at best) three choices of facade colour, window colour and balcony rails to combine freely.

    On the other hand though, I was surprised to see something quite so uninspired to come out of OMA, especially considering they are shortlisted for the upcoming Nobel museum competition, also in Stockholm.

  • Looks like a bad copy of BIG approach.