The project includes an open and inviting ground floor of mixed-use functions and two commercial towers. The remarkable architectonic expression of the towers will create an iconic new landmark in Gothenburg. With a programme of 40,000 m2, the taller tower is expected to rise up to 30 storeys, and will thus form a prominent part of the city’s changing skyline.
Partner and design responsible architect Søren Øllgaard explains: “It is our ambition to design a generous building, which is accessible and transparent at ground level, thus adding value to the existing urban environment. In connection with the project, for instance, we create a sunny plaza in the city that will become a common gathering point in the area.”
The jury report accentuates, among other things, the proposal’s daylight qualities and organisational flexibility. Moreover, the jury highlighted the rich design of the building volumes and the facades in particular, which create a changing experience as one approaches the building.
“Furthermore, it is our vision to create a building with functional diversity—that is, a building containing a variety of programmes for different user interests, providing restaurants, café, culture, retail, and gym in addition to the commercial spaces. This ensures life in and around the building at all times, and we have positive experiences with this strategy from other commercial building projects,” Søren Øllgaard adds.
Three firms were invited to participate in the dialogue-based competition: Henning Larsen Architects, White Arkitekter and Reflex Arkitekter. Henning Larsen Architects’ winning design proposal will now form the basis for further planning and development. Construction has not yet been scheduled.
The project is designed to meet the highest LEED sustainability certification standards for new buildings.