Norra Tornen, designed by OMA / Reinier de Graff’s wins the international Highrise Award 2020

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OMA. Partner in Charge.- Reinier de Graaf.
Concept team
Associate.- Alex de Jong. Team.- Philippe Braun, Diana Cristobal, Roza Matveeva, Edward Nicholson, Peter Rieff, Carolien Schippers.
Competition time
Asociado.- Alex de Jong. Equipo.- Alexander Giarlis, Timur Karimullin, Vladimir Konovalov, Edward Nicholson, Victor Nyman, Vitor Oliveira, Cecilia Del Pozo, John Paul Pacelli, Peter Rieff, Carolien Schippers.
Design Development
Associates in charge.- Alex de Jong, Michel van de Kar. Team: Isa Olson Ehn, Tobias Jewson, Edward Nicholson, Peter Rieff, Silvia Sandor, Lukasz Skalec, Jonathan Telkamp.
Structural Engineer.- Arup. Mechanical Engineer.- Arup. Façade Engineer.- Arup Façade Engineering Local Engineer: Sweco. Fire Safety.- Tyréns AB. Acoustics.- ACAD. Fire Safety.- Tyréns. Code consultants.- Tengbom.
Oscar Properties.
Competition.- 2013. Groundbreaking (Innovationen).- December 2015. Groundbreaking (Helix).- December 2016. Completion (Innovationen).- December 2018. Occupancy (Innovationen).- September 2018. Completion.- 2020.
Torsplan 8, 113 65 Stockholm, Sweden.
320 apartments, Retail.
Plot Area (Helix).- 575 m²
Plot Area (Innovationen).- 660 m²
Net floor area (Helix).- 14,039 m²
Net floor area (Innovationen).- 17,787 m² Net floor area (total).- 31,826 m²
Gross floor area (Helix).- 18,820 m²
Gross floor area (Innovationen).- 23,479 m² Gross floor area (total).- 42,299 m²
Height (Helix).- 110 m (32 floors)
Height (Innovationen).- 125 m (36 floors)
Apartment types (Helix).- One-bedroom apartment.- 1. Two-bedroom apartments: 21. Three-bedroom apartments: 74. Four-bedroom apartments: 36. Five-bedroom apartments: 4. Six-bedroom apartments.- 2.
Total.- 138.
Apartment types (Innovationen).- Two-bedroom Apartments.- 65. Three-bedroom apartments.- 63. Four-bedroom apartments.- 40. Five-bedroom apartments.- 10. Six-bedroom apartments.- 2. Seven-bedroom apartments: 2.
Total.- 182.
Materials Façade
Colored concrete ribbed façade, brushed with an exposed multi-colored aggregate pebble mix.

Reinier de Graaf

Reinier de Graaf (1964, Schiedam) is a Dutch architect and writer. Reinier de Graaf joined OMA in 1996. He is responsible for building and masterplanning projects in Europe, Russia, and the Middle East, including Holland Green in London (completed 2016), the new Timmerhuis in Rotterdam (completed 2015), G-Star Headquarters in Amsterdam (completed 2014), De Rotterdam (completed 2013), and the Norra Tornen residential towers in Stockholm. In 2002, he became director of AMO, the think tank of OMA, and produced The Image of Europe, an exhibition illustrating the history of the European Union.

He has overseen AMO’s increasing involvement in sustainability and energy planning, including Zeekracht: a strategic masterplan for the North Sea; the publication in 2010 of Roadmap 2050: A Practical Guide to a Prosperous, Low-Carbon Europe with the European Climate Foundation; and The Energy Report, a global plan for 100 percent renewable energy by 2050, with the WWF.

De Graaf has worked extensively in Moscow, overseeing OMA’s proposal to design the masterplan for the Skolkovo Centre for Innovation, the ‘Russian Silicon Valley,’ and leading a consortium which proposed a development concept for the Moscow Agglomeration: an urban plan for Greater Moscow. He recently curated two exhibitions, On Hold at the British School in Rome in 2011 and Public Works: Architecture by Civil Servants (Venice Biennale, 2012; Berlin, 2013). He is the author of Four Walls and a Roof, The Complex Nature of a Simple Profession.

OMA. Office for Metropolitan Architecture

Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) is an international practice operating within the traditional boundaries of architecture and urbanism. AMO, a research and design studio, applies architectural thinking to domains beyond. OMA is led by eight partners – Rem Koolhaas, Reinier de Graaf, Ellen van Loon, Shohei Shigematsu, Iyad Alsaka, Chris van Duijn, Jason Long, and Managing Partner-Architect David Gianotten – and maintains offices in Rotterdam, New York, Hong Kong, Doha, and Australia. OMA-designed buildings currently under construction are the renovation of Kaufhaus des Westens (KaDeWe) in Berlin, The Factory in Manchester, Hangzhou Prism, the CMG Times Center in Shenzhen and the Simone Veil Bridge in Bordeaux.

OMA’s completed projects include Taipei Performing Arts Centre (2022), Audrey Irmas Pavilion in Los Angeles (2020), Norra Tornen in Stockholm (2020), Axel Springer Campus in Berlin (2020), MEETT Toulouse Exhibition and Convention Centre (2020), Galleria in Gwanggyo (2020), WA Museum Boola Bardip (2020), nhow RAI Hotel in Amsterdam (2020), a new building for Brighton College (2020), and Potato Head Studios in Bali (2020). Earlier buildings include Fondazione Prada in Milan (2018), Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow (2015), De Rotterdam (2013), CCTV Headquarters in Beijing (2012), Casa da Música in Porto (2005), and the Seattle Central Library (2004).

AMO often works in parallel with OMA's clients to fertilize architecture with intelligence from this array of disciplines. This is the case with Prada: AMO's research into identity, in-store technology, and new possibilities of content-production in fashion helped generate OMA's architectural designs for new Prada epicenter stores in New York and Los Angeles. In 2004, AMO was commissioned by the European Union to study its visual communication, and designed a colored "barcode" flag, combining the flags of all member states, which was used during the Austrian presidency of the EU. AMO has worked with Universal Studios, Amsterdam's Schiphol airport, Heineken, Ikea, Condé Nast, Harvard University and the Hermitage. It has produced Countryside: The Future, a research exhibited at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York; exhibitions at the Venice Architecture Biennale, including Public Works (2012), Cronocaos (2010), and The Gulf (2006); and for Fondazione Prada, including When Attitudes Become Form (2012) and Serial and Portable Classics (2015). AMO, with Harvard University, was responsible for the research and curation of the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale and its publication Elements. Other notable projects are Roadmap 2050, a plan for a Europe-wide renewable energy grid; Project Japan, a 720-page book on the Metabolism architecture movement (Taschen, 2010); and the educational program of Strelka Institute in Moscow.




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