This building in Örnsköldsvik in Sweden bears testimony to the architectural genius of ‘Nyberg, Kai & Wingårdh’.
‘‘I found I could say things with colour and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.” -Georgia O’Keeffe
A building named Ting1 in Sweden is now acclaimed as one of the most unique residential buildings, a kind that you will not come across easily. It is being held in high acclaim not merely because of the canvas of colours and the amazing architecture that it stands out for, but also for the unique building technique that has been followed here. Additionally, this whole building is heated by means of ground source heating through pumps from NIBE.
The building is not a new one as it has been built on a pre-existing construction. Archives are a testimony that the building has been listed as a concrete building in the centre of Örnsköldsvik since 1967. Over the old building lying low along with its atrium courtyard the construction of a new residential structure above and inside the old concrete building was carried out and the result was an amazing one.
The project has been designed by the company ‘Nyberg, Kai & Wingårdh’ for the eminent architect Gert Wingårdh, who is part-owner of the building. Gert Wingårdh has also contributed his architectural excellence achieved through years of experience to the creation of the marvellous architecture that the building signifies.
The building is built on a foundation of 8×8 metre which forms the courtyard of the house and expands upwards above the roof of the same.
However, the remarkable aspect of the design is that there is absolutely no point of physical contact between the two buildings. They stand as two entirely different properties. This innovative technique has been named “three dimensional property creation.”
Seventy-eight strikingly beautiful glass balconies protrude on all the sides of the building. Altogether, there are fifty-one apartments in this building. The vibrant colour scheme of the building is inspired by the paintings of Bengt Lindström, one of Sweden’s best known contemporary artists with a characteristic style of distinct colours.
Moreover, the building’s outstanding ground-water heating feature is also worth mentioning. The heating network of the district runs along the edge of the plot where the building stands. This also provides additional heating on relatively cold days when the temperature drops extremely.
This building truly stands testimony to the fact that renovation and building on existing structures, when carried out with careful planning and skilful execution can result in the ultimate manifestation of outstanding architecture.
Text By Anindita Ganguly
Picture Courtesy : Alamy