Wonderwater Frozen Lights

Wonderwater Frozen Lights will be a dramatic installation of ice lanterns in Helsinki’s Senate Square to celebrate the Open Doors Weekend of the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012. The display will help raise awareness of the water footprint. Two massive ice blocks from Lapland each represent the water footprint of 3 873 litres used daily per person in Finland, while 150 litre ice lanterns represent the domestic use per person in Finland. Illuminating the darkest season of the year, Wonderwater has invited designers and architects…

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Konserthuset, Helsingborg

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Konserthuset, Helsingborg

Architect: Sven Markelius
Built in: 1932
Builder: AB Skånska Cementgjuteriet
Client: AB Helsingborgs Konserthus

The Helsingborg Concert Hall was of great importance as the first functionalist monumental building in Sweden. It was designed by Sven Markelius and was finished in 1932.

In 1925 a competition was launched and Markelius was invited. He had earlier, in 1918, come up with a proposal for a Concert Hall. Markelius came in third place in this competition after Lars Israel Wahlman and Ragnar Östberg. Due to economic reasons, none of the projects were realized, and instead the proposals were revised to fit a tighter financial framework in a new contest in 1926.

In this new competition Markelius got the first prize and therefore the final contract to provide the blueprints for the building. The proposal from 1926 was revised several times until 1930 when the final disposition was completed. Markelius engaged Mogens Mogensen in the work and the Concert Hall was completed in 1932 with a concert hall and cinema in the higher part and with entrance and a restaurant in the lower end.

The Concert Hall is almost unchanged since it was built and it became a listed building in 1997.

More pictures of Sven Markelius work

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Krematoriet, Helsingborg

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Krematoriet, Helsingborg

Architect: Ragnar Östberg (older part, 1929) and Helge Zimdal (newer part, 1962)
Built in: 1929, 1962
Client: Svenska Eldbegängelseföreningen i Hälsingborg

The Crematory was built in two phases; Architect Ragnar Östberg, well-known for the construction of the City Hall in Stockholm, was commissioned to design the first part, which consisted of the island with the Temple and a temple courtyard surrounded by a canal. In 1962 expanded the facility under architect Helge Zimdal’s management and the remaining sections were added.

The artwork “the Beams of Hope” (Hoppets strålar – in Swedish) in glass. It is created by the artist Edvin Öhrström. The beautiful artwork is placed in the atrium just outside the entrance to the chapels. Öhrström is more known for the sculpture Crystal Vertical Accent, Kristallvertikalaccent (in Swedish), the glass pillar at Sergels torg, Stockholm.

More information about the facility at the Swedish Church’s pages (in Swedish). Here you can see older pictures from different eras.

More pictures of Ragnar Östberg’s work.

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Hamilton House, Helsingborg

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Hamilton House, Helsingborg

Architect: Jaenecke & Samuelson – Fritz Jaenecke and Sten Samuelson
Built in: 1967
Client: AB Hälsingborgshem

Hamilton House is actually the name of the farm that formerly stood at the site, built by Count Hamilton. The Danish architect Ferdinand Meldahl should have been responsible for the design in 1851-52. The original Hamilton House burned to the ground in 1868. A new building was built the same year with Mauritz Frohm as an architect and Count De la Gardie as project contractor. In the early 1960s Hamilton House was sold and in the beginning of 1965 it was torn down.

On the site it was decided to build the giant complex Hamilton 3 in 1967. It includes both commercial and service buildings and a long six-storey residential building. The designs and drawings came from the consulting firm Jaenecke-Samuelson AB.

The brutalist concrete building stretches out its about 180-meter long façade and is, to say the least, eye catching. The Building has clear references to Le Corbusier’s Unité d’Habitation, with its rough concrete and thick pilotis. The property also includes an underground garage.

The building is currently classified as an especially valuable building in the conservation program (in Swedish) for the city of Helsingborg and is considered a good example of prefabricated buildings at the time.

More designs by Jaenecke & Samuelson . Here you find pictures of Architect Sten Samuelson’s and Architect Fritz Jaenecke’s own work

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Stykker af Stumper

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Stykker af Stumper

Website graphics for our event Stykker af Stumper in Aarhus Sunday 29th January.

We’re screening a couple of films we love: First a dark, short animation, then The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus and after the films we turn on our fantastic automatic collage-material vending machine where you can get from one to a thousand paper snippets – glue them apart and cut them together to form your own masterpiece.

More info and tickets at www.schhh.org

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