Architects has been commissioned by AMF Fastigheter to design a small, affordable
easy to build pocket park in Södermalm Stockholm. The park should be built just
weeks after getting the commission so the concept for the park became to design
a rapid and robust building system that could host the most common park
elements such as seating, tables, trees and bike racks. Due to limited time the
office investigated different of the shelves products to build the park from.
The products selected for this project became standard square profile studs
"Sparre" in different sizes. The building system became a lego
of these studs placed in straight angles to each other making a super simple
structure to build that is both cheap, robust and smart enough to host typical
park functions. By making every layer of studs protrude over the next the structure
is really easy to add components too such as bicycle parking, benches and
tables. The big voids inside the stacks serves as foundations for ten cherry
trees. All cherry trees are equipped with a string of light bulbs giving light
to the park during night hours.
We like to do
projects that raises questions often found in the specific need of a client,
site, situation or global issues that needs an architectural answer. The
questions and how we answer them becomes the backbone of our architecture and
the given stories when we present our projects. Although we often deal with
multiple questions and answers we try to boil down our process into one
narrative that explain the overall design concept. We take pride in being
straight to the point and clear about why and how we do our architecture, not
only for the sake of presentation but because we know it helps us develop our
project further when we know the logic and aim of what we are designing.
Although we like this way of communicating, the reduction of narratives do have
its downsides. It often exclude fun detours, thrown away sketches, discussions,
excursions, episodes, sly tricks, processes or ironic turns and background
stories. Things that sometimes from an architects perspective can be even more
interesting to hear about than the actual finished project story. These detours
and side stories are hard to showcase and would just be confusing to includein our presentation of a new project. However
they can be fun to read about in another forum. Therefore we added the feature
B-Sides. The home of the less developed outcast cousins to the well-produced
good prospect A-Sides. You will find this extra material at the end of some of
our new published projects and future ones. As a premiere don't miss the B-Side
of "Eldklot" a bonus track named "Erectus Grande"one of our best detours so far that transformed into its own
parallel project, a project that frightened and gave hope to the citizens of a
midsize Swedish town.
Anders Berensson Architects has designed a proposal for a
new water reservoir outside the Swedish city of Örebro. The competition brief
asked for a design to shape the new water reservoir into a grand monument that
could continue the tradition of the former water tower “Svampen” known locally for its unique
shape and viewing deck. We wanted to create a new landmark just like “Svampen”.
A landmark that is not only for show. We
want to create a landmark shaped from a function of serving the city with necessities.
Water is an important prerequisite for society to function but by building a
low “hidden” reservoir it is hard to display. So we decided to add an equally important
prerequisite; energy. We proposed that the new water reservoir would not only
collect water but also provide the city of Örebro with solar energy. The
proposed building is a sphere covered with a reflecting
surface of solar panels facing south generating energy for the city. Towards north
the sphere opens itself to the public with an illuminated inside of LED lights gleaming
like a ball of fire ( Eldklot in Swedish) towards the city of Örebro in the
evening. The new landmark will be visible from afar and look different depending on what
angle and time of the day you’ll see it from. The sphere holds great opportunities
to host various festivals and events. We hoped that by being a generous public
building with a timeless shape dressed with environmentally friendly technology
it could become a new modern symbol for the city of Örebro to enjoy.