Limited liability housing company Hornslandet in Stockholm, Sweden is a good example of how to innovatively create a façade while respecting local history. Patrik Antmarker, Ruukki’s project development manager in Sweden, presented Hornslandet to the audience at the Nordic Architecture Fair in Gothenburg.
New housing is being built in what was earlier an industrial area in Hjorthagen, in the north of Stockholm. The district is currently one of the fastest developing areas in Sweden and when completed will have 12,000 new homes.
Cor-Ten steel cassettes have been used in part of the façade of the Hornslandet apartment block. These cassettes have been perforated to repeat a motif found in the nearby gasometer.
“The drawings of the nearby gasometer made by the prominent young architect Ferdinand Boberg in the late 19th century inspired the architect who designed Hornslandet to use the same motif in the façade,” explained Patrik Antmarker.
Creating something new, in this case adding a new dimension to the façades, requires close collaboration.
“Good collaboration between the product provider and the architect, and above all proximity to actual production are important,” said architect Maria Masgård.
Ruukki participated in the Nordic Architecture Fair, which was now held for the first time, in Gothenburg, Sweden on 7-8 November.
Nordic Architecture Fair is for architects and everyone else interested in architecture.