Wednesday30 July 2014

New City Hall in Kiruna Design Competition

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Kiruna´s City Hall is about to disappear but in its place there is the opportunity to create something new, equally unique and exciting

The new city hall will be one of the first buildings in the revamped city centre and an important key structure in the revitalised cityscape. Kiruna Municipality is therefore inviting entries to an architecture competition to design a new city hall.

Kiruna’s current City Hall is the result of a similar architecture competition held in 1958. In a hard-fought battle, Alvar Aalto’s “Aurora Borealis” lost out to Artur von Schmalensee’s “Igloo”.

LKAB’s iron ore mining operations, which extend one kilometre below the surface, are causing movement and settlement in the ground that will impact large parts of central Kiruna. Within a few years, Kiruna’s current City Hall will be affected by these underground workings and, as a result, be the first major building that will have to be replaced. Although this unquestionably unique building will disappear, it gives us the opportunity to create something new, something equally unique, exciting and suitable for modern municipal activities.

The competition, which will be run by Kiruna Municipality in conjunction with the Swedish Association of Architects (Sveriges Arkitekter), will begin with a pre-qualification phase after which five competitors will be selected.

These five will then submit proposals for the design of the new City Hall. The remit of the competition is to design the new City Hall, and its surrounding land, in accordance with agreed objectives. The intention is that the winning architect, after completing negotiations with the
client/developer, will be engaged to work on designing the new City Hall.

For more information download the competition brief



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