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Friday, 31 March 2017

Brussels Lecture



Anders Berensson will do a lecture at the Recyclart center in Brussels on April 19th. The lecture will focus on the firms work in Stockholm and how operating in the city effects our work. If you happen to be in Brussels on the 19th you are most welcome to drop by.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Pacific Northwest Study Trip

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

Hideaway

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


Main drawing






Picture from kitchen 

Book shelf

Picture from social part


Big hatch in use during party


Good looking iron hatch
Entrance hatch

Shoe hatch



Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Vinkelladan

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
The 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.

Moccasin stand




Drawing of Tipis
The 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



Photograph of a Tipi from Inside


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 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



Photograph of Lounge table still drying, the table takes about a year to dry. When dried it will be further drafted as shown in drawing.


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



Kitchen:
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
Sleep:
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


 
Log/sketch 2, winter mood


 
Logo/sketch 1, summer mood