THE FUTURE – WHAT WE WANT TO DO
A NEW HUB ON KUNGSHOLMEN
With twelve bridges connecting it to central Stockholm, the island of Kungsholmen is unique. The Brädstapeln property is located in between the bridge leading to the Vasastan district and the island’s easternmost bridge leading to Stockholm Central Station. Brädstapeln is known for its typical 1970s architecture, but the surrounding area lacks a social and commercial focal point people want to visit. We want to change that. With the addition of a world-class architectural landmark, we hope to revitalize the entire neighborhood.
A MODERN MEETING PLACE FOR THE PEOPLE OF STOCKHOLM
In the 1970s, Brädstapeln was a symbol of the future. Inspired by the idea of the modern workplace prevalent at the time, the architects Anders Tengbom and Stefan Salamon designed the original building complex for the insurance company Trygg Hansa. But times have changed.
We want to modernize Brädstapeln and make it more accessible to the people of Stockholm. The new spaces will meet the needs of today’s businesses and visitors as well as provide access to several of the building’s hidden assets that were previously not open to the general public.
NEW SUPERSTRUCTURE BY MANUELLE GAUTRAND
The new superstructure will be built on top of the existing buildings. The architectural quality of this unmistakably modern addition will be on a par with the original, if not superior. But it will have a unique character of its own.
The property has a distinctive feature—it is shaped like a hexagon. Architect Manuelle Gautrand, who, in collaboration with the architectural firm Equator, has drawn up the new proposal, has reused the geometric shape as a bridge between the old and the new.
To create the design’s light and airy simplicity, Manuelle found inspiration in origami, the Japanese paper-folding technique. In between the origamic folds, public roof gardens will offer spectacular views of Stockholm.
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CREATING SOMETHING NEW
The idea that Brädstapeln should be associated with a particular company no longer holds true. We want to create an urban environment that is more than a monument to the past. We also want to make the most of what the neighborhood has to offer: the proximity to both water and parks, rooftop access, and a prime dining location. The light superstructure will complement the heritage of the original building, while simultaneously reshaping the silhouette of the Stockholm skyline.