White in collaboration with Signy Group has been successful in winning the contract to develop a phase of the Triumph Park residential project, St Petersburg.
The contract is to develop a concept building and landscape design proposal to scheme design stage. Triumph Park is a flagship residential development for the Mirland Development Corporation. The buildings will have a low environmental impact being constructed according to BREEAM standards. Triumph Park is a winner of Green Awards 2012 the Russian Federal competition on sustainable development and energy efficiency and will be the first residential BREEAM certified project in Russia. The complete project is on a 40 hectare land plot. The White/Signy plot is phase 3 and is proposed to contain 120 000 sqm of residential buildings. The development will have apartments with European fit-out underground parking schools kindergartens and closed secured eco-landscaped internal yards.
The RIBA 2013 Regional Awards shortlist includes Southend Pier Cultural Centre by White arkitekter and Sprunt.
The Cultural Centre is sited on the pierhead of the world’s longest pleasure pier bringing new cultural life to the promenade and reclaiming the pier as the town’s main attraction. Winners of the RIBA 2013 Regional Awards are eligible for RIBA National Awards. Regional and National winners will be announced on the 12 June 2013.
Southend Pier Cultural Centre by White arkitekter and Sprunt wins the Public Building Exterior category in the Surface Design Awards 2013. The winners were announced yesterday on the final day of the Surface Design Show at the Business Design Centre in London.
Launched to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Surface Design Show the awards recognise progressive surface solutions for the built environment. Sited at the end of a 1.34 mile-long pier Southend Pier Cultural Centre features durable surface materials including Glass Reinforced Plastic cladding and insulated marine plywood decking covered with a waterproof membrane to help achieve a long expected lifespan under hostile conditions. More about the project.
White is responsible for shaping and designing the new landmark being planned for Kungsholmen by the City of Stockholm. Park 1 is intended to house a traffic and emergency management center, a new fire station and a total of 1,200 new workplaces.
"This is one of Stockholm's most exciting assignments. We are proud to have been entrusted with creating a unique building with a distinct green profile" says Monica von Schmalensee CEO at White.
The new traffic and emergency management center in western Kungsholmen is intended to bring about improved coordination of important societal functions. Efficient coordination on an everyday basis establishes good emergency preparedness and capacity for dealing with major incidents and emergencies. The intended tenants for the property are SOS Alarm the Greater Stockholm Fire Brigade Trafik Stockholm and the Swedish Transport Administration.
"It is a strong unique building from many perspectives" explains Linda Thiel Lead Architect. "Without doubt the roof terrace is the element that makes the greatest impact – a unique public green space with 360-degree views over the landscape of roofs. A guiding factor in our work has been the opportunity to contribute to more green areas and sustainability."
The 50 metre high complex is a full 45000 square metres of which 13000 square metres are intended for external office tenants. A prequalification procurement procedure made it possible for the assignment to be won in association with AG Arkitekter. Work on the façade has been carried out in collaboration with AKT based in London. Park 1 is intended for completion in 2018. Read more about the project.
The MIPIM Awards jury has selected Southend Pier as one of four project finalists in the category Best Refurbished Building.
Southend Pier is closely associated with the town and particularly to the typology of Southend’s shoreline. Sited at the pier head the Cultural Centre brings new life to the promenade and reclaims the landmark structure as the town’s main attraction for both residents and tourists. The sweeping geometric form and harmonising palette of materials celebrates the topography of the windswept site integrating it into the scenic landscape. Read more about the project.
The 2013 edition of the MIPIM Awards has attracted a record number of entries with 175 projects from 46 countries competing. The 36 finalists will compete in an onsite vote during MIPIM. The winners will be announced at the MIPIM Awards ceremony on Thursday March 14 2013.
Victoria Walldin, social anthropologist and specialist in social sustainability at White, has been invited by the Norwegian Environment Minister Bård Vegar Solhjell to participate in an advisory board who will contribute with expertise in various aspects of urban development.
The advisory board is part of Miljøverndepartementets new initiative to develop the Norwegian cities through modern urban planning improved urban environment and increased housing. The goal of the board is to enhance creativity contribute to professional input and create awareness and debate in the Norwegian community. Read more in the press release from the Norwegian Government (in Norwegian): Oppretter råd for bypolitikk.
A new study performed at the new psychiatric building at Östra Hospital in Gothenburg shows that good architecture leads to reduced aggression and violence.
The new psychiatric building at Östra Hospital was drawn by White and opened in 2007. The ward is based on three pillars: the garden the heart and the residential group. The garden is a lush oasis with a free and open atmosphere. No staff escort is needed and some patients have their own access to the garden. The heart is the department's centre with all rooms grouped around a small glazed conservatory. This solution offers patients the opportunity to move around in ways other than through a long narrow corridor. The residential group contains individual rooms and several spaces where patients are offered privacy thereby increasing the personal sphere
At the ARCH12 conference (Architecture Research Care health) held at Chalmers University of Technology on 13-14 November a psychiatric paper was presented in association with Östra Hospital's psychiatric building. The basis of the paper was a comparison between the previous building (2005) and the new one at Östra Hospital (2007). The article shows that the decrease in coercive measures can be attributed to the improved physical conditions such as the abundance of natural light views and access to the gardens. The article presents a theoretical model which shows the results were expected. The main author of the paper was the American Roger Ulrich an internationally recognised environmental psychologist who among other things played a major part in the development of evidence-based design theory (EBD). Co-authors are former business manager Lennart Bogren at Sahlgrenska University Hospital and Stefan Lundin one of the participating architects from White.
"Designing for Calm". Roger Ulrich about Östra psykiatri in New York Times 13 January 2013 read the article.
On 3 December Stefan Lundin was interviewed regarding Östra Hospital's new psychiatric building on Swedish radio SR Vetenskapsradion Forum read more and listen here.
Stefan Lundin together with Lena From edited the book "Arkitektur som medicin - arkitekturens betydelse för behandlingsresultatet inom psykiatrin" (Architecture as Medicine - architecture's impact on the outcome of treatment in psychiatry). The book was published in 2009 by White and ARQ the Foundation for Architecture Research. Download the book (pdf).
Southend Pier Cultural Centre by White arkitekter and Sprunt has been shortlisted as a finalist for the Public Building Exterior category in the Surface Design Awards 2013.
Launched to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Surface Design Show the awards recognise progressive surface solutions for the built environment. Sited at the end of a 1.34 mile-long pier Southend Pier Cultural Centre features durable surface materials including Glass Reinforced Plastic cladding and insulated marine plywood decking covered with a waterproof membrane to help achieve a long expected lifespan under hostile conditions.
The category winner will be announced on the final day of the Surface Design Show which takes place on 5-7 February 2013 at the Business Design Centre in London.
At an event called Samhällsbyggarafton, which took place in Stockholm, Messingen, Väsby new senior high school was awarded Stora Samhällsbyggarpriset.
It’s a prize rewarding a building or installation of high quality to come through an exemplary collaboration between the different actors in the planning process. The jury said: "for the effective use of community resources resulting in a large contribution to a living learning and sustainable urban environment."
“Very pleasing and joyful says Klara Frosterud and Hans Forsmark architects responsible for the extensive project which in the process evolved from a senior high school into a brand new multifunctional venue and engine for the development of the municipality.” Read more about Messingen.
Other nominees for Stora Samhällsbyggarpriset 2012 were the Culture centre Spira Jönköping Clarion Hotel Post Gothenburg and the Gravitation distillery Gävle.
The Apple Orchard has been shortlisted for World Architecture Festival in the Housing Category. This years edition of WAF will take place in Singapore October 3rd to 5th.
The Apple Orchard (Äppelträdgården) is an atrium terrace with an environmental classification located close to the Frölunda Square shopping area in the west of Gothenburg. The project a successful example of the compactness that is often sought in the public debate. A previously monotonous suburban development is being offered a green complement.
Gardens and homes in atrium buildings are mixed in a compact alley containing very high quality housing private patio areas and communal spaces. Äppelträdgården is the result of a successful collaborative venture between White and F O Peterson. White acted as both architect and client.