Kuggen, an office building in Gothenburg, Sweden is coated in bold shades of red and unlike any sustainable building you’ve ever seen before. Inspired by both cog wheels and the saw-toothed edge of a leaf, the circular building was designed by Winngårdh Arkitektkontor and is composed of six floors each skewed to the south to provide shade for the floor below. A high performance facade and efficient window placement are combined with solar power on the roof as well as a moving photovoltaic shade screen on the top floor. Aiming for energy efficiency and a cool place to hang out, the office building serves the Chalmers University community and includes public meeting space and a coffee shop too.
Designed by Melbourne-based HASSELL, the massive “urban campus” occupies 130,000 square metres and is the location of the daily grind for 6,500 people. The design centers around a common hub that on the ground level includes cafes, a visitor centre and public art. Throughout the campus, 44 individual hub spaces connect to quiet working zones.
This motivated them to create a hotel where every recurring visit would be a completely different experience in an attempt to break their drudging routine. Every suite would have a different floor plan and spatial arrangement.
A big space defined by communist block of flats, urbanism for the 80, rigid and alienated. On the other side of the boulevard, a sea of houses. A space crowded between important streets that are intersecting in a place known as Munci square.