This week Anders is taking his KTH School of Architecture Master studio "Full Scale Studio" on a study trip to the Pacific Northwest to meet some legendary American and Canadian colleagues, buildings, specialist and legends in the field of Architecture. The focus on the trip is on new fabrication methods. The trip is stretching from visiting small design build studios to wood skyscraper researchers to visiting the Boeing factory.
Wednesday, 15 February 2017
Anders Berensson Architects has designed the interior for a single room apartment in central Stockholm. The design is based on making use of a big void bellow half of the apartment’s floor in combination with manifesting the client’s penchant for a French "bobo" life style. The apartment is divided into a kitchen area in the higher part of the flat that sits on top of the void and a social zone in the lower part. The void beneath the kitchen floor serves as the apartment’s storage. It stores the bed when not used and several other necessities. The kitchen floor also host a series of hatches with glass lids to store things that are practical to see and fun to show such as a shoe hatch, herb hatch, good looking iron hatch and the entrance hatch to the void. To make the kitchen area feel more French we painted the already white floor in a checkerboard pattern. The pattern is also covering the glass lids creating a raster effect especially at night when the hatches are lit. The social zone in the lower part of the flat consist of a sofa covering three sides of the space. The forth side is a custom made book shelf covering the four meter high wall. The bookshelf has an integrated workstation and half of the shelf is adapted in depth to host the clients collection of 11 cm deep French white paperback novels. At night the social zone transforms into a giant bed by sliding out a bed from under the kitchen floor that fills the gap between the sofas. Most of the apartment was design during dinner sessions with the client. These sessions often led to the refinement of small personal fun details such as a iron board, a wine cooler bench, a folding kitchen table etc. During one session the client also gave us free hands to design some of the details in a subtle way to manifest his mating preferences. Small details that should raise the question is it or is it not a ...?
|Social part turned into a bed|
|Picture from kitchen|
|Picture from social part|
|Big hatch in use during party|
|Good looking iron hatch|
|Kitchen herb hatch|
|Custom made table closed|
|Custom made table opened|
|Kitchen table pattern named " Is it or is it not...Art Nouveau?" laser engraved into the birch wood surface.|
Wednesday, 18 January 2017
Anders Berensson Architects in collaboration with interior designer Pelle Rickberg and Wild Windows has designed the retrofitting of an old barn "Vinkelladan" in Norra Djurgården Stockholm. The barn is programmed to do two things. The first is to host conferences and events, the second is to educate Fjällräven ambassadors from all over Europe in the company’s philosophy, products and retail. The second purpose formed the concept for this design by asking the question: Do we need architecture to solve this or can we do it with outdoor clothes and new customs? This questions has led us to find simple solutions to complicated problems by looking towards the outdoor industry and local customs rather than doing complicated and costly building designs.
|Explanatory drawing of the whole interior|
The design is based on the schedule of a normal guest and what they will experience and learn during some intense days in Sweden. The architecture should assist the ongoing education in bringing the visitor into a calm, focused and adoptive mindset. Therefor we decided to write the architecture like a manuscript focusing on the state of mind of a visitor before making drawings. People are usually quite susceptible when arriving to a new country. We decided to take advantage of that and introduce a sportier, sober and focused Sweden. A Sweden where one go out hiking instead of drinking alcohol in a hotel lobby, A Sweden that changes into slippers while studying retail, a Sweden that loves sleeping in super modern tents. This introduction to local customs and outdoor activities saved us from building hotel rooms, bad hangovers, and cost for cleaning and sound absorbing plates. But most of all gave the visitor a more focused and instructive education. Bellow you can read the manuscript translated into drawings, customs, slippers, tents, benches, tables plus much more.
|Drawing of entrance|
When entering Vinkelladan the guest have been flying for hours across Europe. To take of your shoes when entering a building is a Swedish custom. As a guest it is a liberation for the feet to change from shoes into wool moccasins. The wool moccasins does more than making your feet comfortable, it is also a transit gesture and a mood changer. On a more pragmatic level it also keeps Vinkelladan clean from dirt and reduces sharp sounds from shoes creating a calm and focused learning environment.
|Drawing of Tipis|
As a visitor you get access to your personal Tipi. The tent is the home away from home where one can store personal belongings but also rest and gain focus in between meetings and lectures. The tent is made out of merino wool that is nontoxic, highly sound absorbing, and fire proof. The tent has a small shelf in the back for storage of personal things but are primary designed for resting. Each tent has a thick wool carpet to rest on.
|Photograph of Tipis from outside|
|Drawing of Lounge Sofas|
The Lounge Sofas:
The reviled part of the wooden truss system is one of the most characteristic parts of the barn. The trusses creates small spaces between themselves. This space is used for custom made sofas. The space between each truss varies but it’s just enough to fit two people sitting. You are also able to lie down behind the trusses if you are alone in the sofa. The trusses combined with the sofa creates a smaller intimate space that are much needed in a big room. The sofas are made of Swedish pine tree.
|Photograph of Lounge Sofa|
|Drawing of tables|
The dinner tables was built by the previous owner of the barn, they are made in glass fiber. The tables are light but look heavy and looks great. These tables has been equipped with some nice wood carpentry to make them more useful and blend in better with the rest of the interior.
The Lounge tables are made from a locally harvest Elm Tree. A disease called “The Elm Tree disease” has forced the harvesting of many beautifully elm trees to stop the disease from spreading. One of these trees where cut down just right next to Vinkelladan. This tree was gigantic and we wanted to display its size by cutting it in a horizontal direction and making tables out of it. At the evening when turning on the lights the lamps projects traditional board games such as chess, tick tack toe, Chinese checkers and backgammon. The massive elm trees takes about a year to dry. Right now there standing under the entrance roof waiting to come inside.
|Photograph of dinner table|
The Office and Test Store:
The education also offer a full scale test store. The store is built with Fjällrävens latest interior profile. The shop is a full scale learning experience where people learn in a real environ how to display items and much more.
|Photograph of test store in use|
The kitchen is designed to feel like your own kitchen where you can open the fridge and grab something to eat or take a coffee without having to order it from someone. The food is made in the nearby Fiskartorpet kitchen and prepared on site. Vinkelladan don't serve alcohol. When leaving the barn you should feel fresh, not hangover.
|Photograph of kitchen in use|
Since Vinkelladan is all about an outdoor experience, Vinkelladan doesn't offer traditional hotel rooms. Vinkelladan offers a tent camp in the middle of the royal forest. The tents are the best Fjällräven tents filled with outdoor equipment’s for camping. In the morning you get a cup of coffee or tea and there are outdoor showers for those who want. Breakfast is served when back at the barn.
|Photograph of tent camp|
Wednesday, 28 December 2016
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2017! 2016 was a great year for the office and it looks like it will continue in 2017. We got several fantastic projects on the drawing board all ready. Some of this year’s project as well as next years are hanging in the Christmas tree, If you click on the image you can have a closer glimpse of some of them.
Thursday, 8 December 2016
Anders Berensson is proud to present the latest research from Full Scale Studio, Planterials. New building materials that do not pollute our planet invented from renewable living organisms such as Wood, Shells, Clay, Ash, Mycelium, Cork, Bark, Reed, Straw, Moss, Papper ...... Do not miss the opening Tuesday December 13 at the KTH School of Architecture entrance 16:00-19:00
Friday, 18 November 2016
Anders Berensson Architects has been commissioned by AMF Fastigheter to design a small, affordable easy to build pocket park in Södermalm Stockholm. The park should be built just weeks after getting the commission so the concept for the park became to design a rapid and robust building system that could host the most common park elements such as seating, tables, trees and bike racks. Due to limited time the office investigated different of the shelves products to build the park from. The products selected for this project became standard square profile studs "Sparre" in different sizes. The building system became a lego of these studs placed in straight angles to each other making a super simple structure to build that is both cheap, robust and smart enough to host typical park functions. By making every layer of studs protrude over the next the structure is really easy to add components too such as bicycle parking, benches and tables. The big voids inside the stacks serves as foundations for ten cherry trees. All cherry trees are equipped with a string of light bulbs giving light to the park during night hours.
|The park in August|
|The park in September|
The park in November
Monday, 7 November 2016
We like to do projects that raises questions often found in the specific need of a client, site, situation or global issues that needs an architectural answer. The questions and how we answer them becomes the backbone of our architecture and the given stories when we present our projects. Although we often deal with multiple questions and answers we try to boil down our process into one narrative that explain the overall design concept. We take pride in being straight to the point and clear about why and how we do our architecture, not only for the sake of presentation but because we know it helps us develop our project further when we know the logic and aim of what we are designing. Although we like this way of communicating, the reduction of narratives do have its downsides. It often exclude fun detours, thrown away sketches, discussions, excursions, episodes, sly tricks, processes or ironic turns and background stories. Things that sometimes from an architects perspective can be even more interesting to hear about than the actual finished project story. These detours and side stories are hard to showcase and would just be confusing to include in our presentation of a new project. However they can be fun to read about in another forum. Therefore we added the feature B-Sides. The home of the less developed outcast cousins to the well-produced good prospect A-Sides. You will find this extra material at the end of some of our new published projects and future ones. As a premiere don't miss the B-Side of "Eldklot" a bonus track named "Erectus Grande" one of our best detours so far that transformed into its own parallel project, a project that frightened and gave hope to the citizens of a midsize Swedish town.