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SOM's twisting tower wins design competition for Sweden's tallest skyscraper

The 230-meter tower scheme beat out four other finalists, including Zaha Hadid.

June 18, 2014 |
The tower, called Polstjrnan, or "The Pole Star," is to be built in Gothenburg,

The winner of Serneke's competition to design Sweden's tallest skyscraper has been announced. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill beat out four other finalists, including Zaha Hadid. 

The skyscraper, which will reach 230 meters and is named Polstjärnan, or "The Pole Star," is to be built in Gothenburg, Sweden.

With a 32,000-sm master plan, it will be wholly residential. At its apex, the tower will have four connected prisms, which twist 90 degrees, Arch Daily reports.

When discussing why the design won, the jury cited the plan's harmony with the larger city, calling SOM's design “an identity-building proposal that takes a smart holistic approach to both the skyscraper and the urban environment."

In addition, the jury stated the the project simply made sense economically, while providing comfortable living spaces: "The repetitive structure makes the building easy to produce cost-effectively. The homes are well-composed, with good views and good outdoor spaces in all directions. Overall, the proposal is successful in its endeavor to create an attractive urban setting and a visually striking superstructure." You can read the jury's full statement here.

The high-rise building is expected to be completed by 2019 and is the centerpiece of a new, 200,000-sm mixed-use city due to be fully completed in 2012, to celebrate Gothenburg's 400th anniversary.

All renderings courtesy SOM.



The jury consisted of:

Björn Siesjö, architect SAR/MSA City Architect Stadsbyggnadskontoret Göteborg

Anders Svensson, architect SAR/MSA, the Älvstad Project Stadsbyggnadskontoret Göteborg

Olle Lindkvist, Älvstranden Utvecklings AB

Erica Bengtsson, Environmental Strategist, Älvstranden Utvecklings AB

Ola Serneke, VD Serneke AB

Alban Herlitz, Project Development Manager Serneke AB

Louise Masreliez, architect SAR/MSA appointed by Sveriges Arkitekter

Christer Malmström, architect SAR/MSA appointed by Sveriges Arkitekter

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