The eye-catching HagaTwist by Belatchew Arkitekter will be a new addition in the developing region of Hagastaden in Stockholm. The locally based practice was recently selected in an invited competition in having the winning design for a new landmark building in the city.
Referring to its twisting form, the HagaTwist will be a multifunctional space for people to live, work, and gather. If all goes accordingly, construction of the building will start in early 2016, in hopes that the building can open in the fall.
"The building will serve as a meeting place for those who live in, work in, and visit the area, and will accommodate a restaurant and a rooftop terrace. The building is located at the intersection of the inner city area Vasastaden and the new Hagastaden (the Haga city), currently under construction, near the New Karolinska hospital. The building is approximately 700 square meters and will be partly built on two levels."
"Atrium Ljungberg [one of Sweden’s largest listed real estate companies] on the choice of Belatchew Arkitekter as the winner: 'For a very attractive and inspiring proposal, called the HagaTwist, the architects have placed great value on a human, sustainable and symbolic interpretation. The HagaTwist is a sculptural building where function, form and materials contrast with its surroundings and in an appealing way enriches and contributes to the fulfillment of the vision for Hagastaden. A landmark building that welcomes, invites and creates great curiosity.'"
"The building has been named the HagaTwist which alludes to its twisted shape, but also on the program that combines work with pleasure, the individual with the collective. The HagaTwist also refers to the DNA helix, since the area has a life science theme. The lightweight structure is in wood, turning smoothly from one floor to the other, through a wide and inviting multi-functional staircase connecting the main floor with the upper floor and roof terrace in a seamless way. With ongoing activities both day and night, the HagaTwist becomes a vibrant place that lights up even when the surrounding offices have closed for the day.
'This is a unique project on a very particular place. The HagaTwist has a smooth sculptural form with a flexible program inviting us to the meeting places of the future,' says Rahel Belatchew Lerdell, CEO of Belatchew Arkitekter."
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