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Monday, 10 October 2016

Back in Full Scale

After a parental leave from my duties at KTH School of Architecture I am glad to be back running KTH's Full Scale Studio alongside Anders Berensson Architects . I will try to keep you posted of some future events that the studio is undertaking. Meanwhile you can always visit the studio home page or get a sneak peak of our recent adventures below.

Material harvesting
This year the studio try to keep a low budget and a low carbon footprint by tearing down old houses and reuse its timber instead of buying new timber from the wood-shop.

Tearing down and old summer house outside Stockholm

Proud to be almost done

Mission completed 
Lots of new timber to be reused for new Studio projects

This year we go mobile by building a movable tool-shed that is one bigger unit at School and divided into three smaller parts when out on the town doing projects.

Building the Tri-Shed

Tri-Shed Drawing and material list
Drawing of cuts

Tri-Shed Section

Tri-Shed inside KTH School of Architecture

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Power Tower

Anders Berensson Architects has been commissioned by the Kungl Djurgårdens förvaltning ( Swedish Royal Court ) to investigate the future of twelve big power towers. The towers is no longer in use and stands in the urban national park Norra Djurgården in central Stockholm. ABA proposes to transform one or two of them into picnic towers with a magnificent view over the park and the city of Stockholm. 

The towers are constructed to carry heavy power lines over the tree tops in the park making them strong enough to hold platforms and high enough to give a great view. The added stairs and platforms are made in wood to reduce weight and to contrast to the old structure. The towers are designed with a kiosk in the lower levels that can sell snacks and beverages for the picnic and also open and close the towers for the public at summertime. 

Principal drawing of attaching the new structure 

View from the towers

Map of the park and towers

Tower in day time and night time

Monday, 8 August 2016

Apple Headquarter

This summer Anders Berensson Architects has designed and built the headquarter for a very special and loved little client in a garden at Limhamn, Sweden. The headquarter is shaped like an apple since it is placed on top of an old dead apple tree. The interior of this stake out is a bench, some thin plywood shelves for books and a periscope hidden inside a rotating apple twig to spy on the surrounding villa gardens. The structure is built out of two big plywood sheets that has been jigsawed into an interlocking apple shape and then clad with poly-carbonate sheets creating a transparent and super strong headquarter.

The playhouse in action
Interior of the Apple headquarter

Sketch of the headquarter
1 to 1 drawing on plywood sheet

Friday, 8 July 2016

Double construction start

The office is proud to reveal a double construction start this week. In the north Archipelago of Stockholm Look Out Lodge is being built and plinths, construction wood and the sky tower is already up. In central Stockholm a new park made out of stacked wood that was designed just weeks ago are being built and will be finished in the very near future. We look forward to two great new built projects this summer.

Park made out of stacked wood with Tokyo cherry trees in them is under construction.

Sky tower under construction for the Look Out Lodge

Monday, 27 June 2016

Slott Natt Och Dag

Anders Berensson Architects has been commissioned to design an extension to a villa north of Stockholm. The extension is quite big compared to the existing house and will almost double the existing villa from 250 to 400 Square meter. To add a modern contrasting volume to the existing house which is the common way to go in Sweden would be disproportionately in this case so we decided to test and old strategy that is mostly used in strategic video and board games these days. Instead of adding a modern looking volume we decided to upgrade the house from villa to castle. Instead of balancing two big objects to each other we made them into one bigger unit by letting the new volume mirroring the old one and then unify the two volumes by adding a tower where the two volumes meet.

Perspective from inside the tower
When driving on this particular road one cannot help noticing the amount of houses with disproportionately extensions. The reason seems to be a combination of a generous local plan, real estate speculations and a lack of architects. The few houses that sticks out by being beautiful is two old ones that were built as castle from the start and some modern ones where they teared down the old house and built a new house from scratch. We chose to follow the two good-looking examples and designed a third castle on the street.

Perspective East and south facade
The east and south facade that faces the street follows the existing facade and creates a 1920th castle style. The west facade facing the garden follows the existing brick facade and is more modern with panoramic windows facing the beautiful forest on the back of the house. The tower part serves as a central staircase, entrance, kitchen and studio. Each floor is designed as a small flat given the castle several opportunities on how to be used in the future.

Perspective west facade

Floor plan ground level 

Floor plan level 1

Floor plan level 2

East facade 

South facade

West facade 

North facade

South facade

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Book release! Full Scale Studio Second Year

As a co-founder and director of the KTH School of architecture, Full Scale Studio. Anders Berensson is proud to present the book "Full Scale Studio Second Year 2015-2016" containing the amazing work that has been produced during the second year of the studio. 

Wednesday, 20 April 2016


Anders Berensson Architects was commissioned by the Stockholm Center Party to design a skyscraper to replace an old car park in the city center of Stockholm. The result became a slender wood scraper "Trätoppen" (the tree top) that stands inside the car park leaving the existing car parks facade intact.

If  we want to reduce the amount of cars in the city center of Stockholm and at the same time make space for more housing without building on green areas, then replacing car parks with housing, shops and restaurants feels obvious. If the car park is as central located as the one on Regeringsgatan 47 it also make sense to build a high building that can fit a lot of people, shops and restaurants.
The existing car park, “Parkaden”is perhaps Sweden's most famous one designed by Hans AsplundThe most characteristic feature of the house is a pattern with numbers on the facade which shows what floor you are onAnother thing that distinguishes this car park is the early use of a system of sloped floorsRetaining the sloping floor is hard due to the buildings low ceiling heighthowever it is possible to maintain the facade if the new building don’t use the whole footprint of the existing car park.

Picture from an apartment 
The skyscraper is retracted six meters from the existing car parks facade in order not to interfere too much with the expression of the car park . The Skyscraper is considerably smaller in foot print than the car park which enables space for a large public terrace on the seventh floor. The retraction also makes it possible to use the existing building at the lower floors after an extensive reconstruction.

The new building will be 40 stories high and built out of cross laminated timber “CLT”. In the 33 floors that protrude above the existing car park 31 floors will be residential and 2 floors will be public terraces. The seven floors inside the existing car park is best suited for shopping and restaurants due to the depth of the house. The CLT facade of the new skyscraper is a continuation of the pattern with numbers that Hans Asplund designed. From the outside, one can count the floors by reading the facade and from the inside you will be reminded what floor you are on just like in the parking garage. This is a useful feature given that the skyscraper will be the highest in the city center of Stockholm. The facade also has some practical benefits and acts like a sun screen, which keeps the building cool and energy efficient.

Picture to the left: The building seen from Hamngatan. Picture to the right: The building seen from the intersection between Regeringsgatan and Mäster Samuelsgatan

Height: 133 m
Width: 35 m
Depth: 18 m
Number of floors: 40
Number of floors above the existing car park: 33
Number of apartments per floor: 8 pcs. A 50 m2
Total number of apartments: 250
Area per floor in the new building: 630m2
Floor programing:
Floor 40: Audience terrace
Floor 8-39: Apartments
Friend 7: Public terrace

Floor 0-6: Shopping & Restaurants

Shadow diagram 
Paper fold model
Trätoppen Sketch