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Metal Facades Improving the Urban Environment

In recent times, metal facades have been gaining traction in the urban environment and can now be seen on structures in a number of cities across the globe. In our ongoing search for new trends in the world of sheet metal, an outstanding facade we have come across is White Arkitectur’s ‘Park 1’, which is located in Stockholm, Sweden.

White Arkitectur's 'Park 1' is a new typology for a civic structure, one that contributes to the greenery of the urban environment while dutifully performing the functions of an infrastructural complex. Designed to house a traffic and emergency management centre in addition to a fire station, the building serves Kungsholmen, an island district of a historical province in Stockholm City.

In a bid won with associates at AG Arkitekter, the pragmatic program of 1200 new workplaces is bolstered by the dynamic inclusion of a restaurant, cafe, conference facilities and exhibition areas, all open to the public. The active spaces are arranged in five layers, with the fire station at the bottom level and the civic services centre and office at the top, sandwiching the public floors. The architecture inclines back from the busy street of Lindhagensgatan and cantilevers over the Essingeleden Highway – a poetic gesture that expresses a self-conscious sense of aestheticism.

The building transcends purely functional geometry with a generous green roof, affording views from an impressive 50 metre height and acting as a foliage-filled oasis of rest and recreation. The structure complies with the eco-certification BREEAM and Sweden's own sustainability policy Miljöbyggnad; the public rooftop park acting as a particular contributor to the biodiversity of the site and significant producer of solar energy. Developed with London-based engineers at AKT, a double-skinned facade is informed by the intricate shapes of a circuit board, itself characterised by myriad nodes and synapses individually simple but infinitely combinable. The conceptual pattern describes the coordination centre's round-the-clock functions and connects the building activities of coordination, management and infrastructure with the architectonics of the exterior.

Source: Design Boom

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Photos by White Arkitektur and courtesy of Design Boom  



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