Erskine Award Talks 2017

Invited competition leads to new project

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We are happy to announce that Lundbergs has chosen to let us develop our proposal for kv Nätet 10! The proposal, “Laterna Magica” with four tower blocks in brick, creates a central landmark in the area. The project is part of a larger development of Norra Munktellstaden in central Eskilstuna. The key words in the project have been; elegant, intelligent and encouraging. The buildings surround a green oasis, a common courtyard, and the whole ensemble gives possibilities to live sustainable – socially, economically and ecologically.

 

Read more about the project here

Karlstad is growing! New district in the making

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Tovatt Architects & Planners has made a proposal for the development of the old airfield in Jakobsberg in Karlstad. In an invited competition between two architectural offices, the municipality wanted to get new ideas of how the design of the area could be. We got very good feedback for our proposal, and now we are waiting for the revised plans and the public consultations during the spring of 2018.

Read more at Karlstad Växer

Read more about our proposal at the project page

We are moving to Slakthusområdet!

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In the end of november we are moving to Möller & Co’s former building in Slakhusområdet. We took the opportunity to move into a new space with connections to the history of our office. Tovatt Architects and planners was founded by co-workers of Ralph Erskine during his last, but very active years. David Neuschütz, one of the original partners, tells about the move and how it was to work with one of the most fascinating personalities within Swedish architecture and city planning.

Read more about the building and the history with Ralph Erskine here. (in swedish)

Tovatt in Beirut!

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Tovatt Architects and Planners have been on a study trip and experienced the city’s mix, from new skyscrapers to the historic city’s vibrant street life. Traces of Civil War are juxtaposed with the latest in design. Illegal, organically grown, former refugee camps are located not far from wealthy districts built on speculation with shining glass facades.

A lot of impressions and feelings to take in. We have been to luxury apartments, Beit Beirut Museum and a guided tour of the Badaro district with our knowledgeable guide Elie Harfouche. We finished our trip with a day trip to Byblos, one of the world’s oldest, still inhabited cities. There, we also had time for a swim in the Mediterranean sea.

The architect Petia Ratzov, based in Beirut since seven years, guided us through the seemingly chaotic traffic, to good restaurants and through the vibrant nightlife of the city.

Lots of good food, sun and genuine people. Beirut, we will see you again!

Dietenbach – Tovatt Architects and Planners handpicked when Freiburg grows

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As one out of five architecture firms in Europe,Tovatt Architects and Planners have been handpicked to take part in the city of Freiburg’s next big development – Dietenbach. Among other chosen firms are West 8 and Henning Larsen. Another 25 teams have been chosen through prequalification. In short, the brief is to plan a new district in the outskirts of Freiburg. The plot is surrounded by open fields, forests and streams, with mountains in the background. The competition area, of more than 100 ha, is situated next to Rieselfeld; a pioneering city development from the 1990’s.

The ambition for Dietenbach is just as high as for Rieselfeld, but now focusing on contemporary questions about sustainability, climate change and social sustainability. When the district is fully built it will be inhabited by around 20 000 people in between 6000 to 8000 apartments. After the competitions first stage, five teams will be chosen for the next stage where focus will be to do workshops and civil dialogue with both citizens and the city of Freiburg as well as experts in different fields. The competition form is unique in Germany, and a series of different methods has been chosen to decide a winner.

We have formed a team together with two German consultants, both at the cutting edge in their field of expertise: Studio Dreiseitl (Ramböll) are landscape architects and engineers that are world leading in, among other things, stormwater, water cleansing and environmental technology. Transsolar is an international company working with energy and climate issues in a broader sense. Together with Tovatt Architects and Planners, we look forward to developing a vision for the future of Dietenbach!

Links about the project:

http://www.freiburg.de/pb/site/Freiburg/get/params_E1047195047/1040996/Dietenbach_Broschuere_EN.pdf
http://www.freiburg.de/pb/,Lde/495838.html

About the team:

www.dreiseitl.com
www.transsolar.com

Magic Treehouse World Cup 2017

news-hemsidaThis Saturday we competed in Magic Treehouse World Cup 2017 and got second price!

The organizer ”Magiska barnarkitekter” invited architectural offices to compete in Magic Treehouse World Cup to pay attention to how fast urban development is growing and how easy it is to forget the children.

Each team was given a place by lottery among the trees. You had to move quickly from idea to action. Tovatt Architects and Planners tree house was a dragon inspired creation that invites you to play, and it was awarded by the jury. Playful children and adults can visit the tree houses in the wood next to ”Nacka stadshus” during this month.

The jury consisted of 6 child architects, Puma Larsson, Niki Karlsson, Angus Karlsson, Mio Rixer, Charlie Kågström, Lovica Hillberts and Lisa Daram from Arkus, Erik Stenberg from KTH, Gunilla Grudewall-Steen from the ”Natur- och trafiknämnden” in Nacka and Karolina Skog, the government’s environmental minister.

Read more about the competition here  https://www.nacka.se/nyheter-start/2017/10/magiskt-vm-i-tradhus-pa-nya-gatan/

Planning program for Tullholmsviken in Karlstad

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Karlstad municipality has developed our proposal for Tullholmsviken in Karlstad. We took part in a parallell assignment for the logistics central for Konsum in Värmland, which is moving and making room for a new district only ten minutes walk from the central station. The municipality’s plan is out on public display until november 4, 2017.

Read more at Karlstad växer and see our proposal here.

A Vision for Vårberg

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Since the so called “million program” hardly any new homes have been built in Skärholmen. The citys plans for the future are big. We are proud to be involved in the creation of the next layer of urban fabric.
The project Vårbergsvägen is now out for review, together with a number of projects, as part of the grater project Focus Skärholmen. The proposals will be shown from 5 September 2017 to 17 October 2017. The proposals will also be displayed in Focus Skärholmen’s project office, Portholmsgangen 1, next to Skärholmen C, where there is also a physical model. The city presents the project closer here at: Fokus Skärholmen.

Read more about Tovatt Architects and Planners vision for Vårbergsvägen on our project page: Vårbergsvägen

Kungsljuset got building permit!

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We are happy to see that our project Kungsljuset in Västerås is finally starting construction after many years. Kungsljuset is a project where the Gideonbergs school is developed with additional housing. The plan is made up of a composition of triangular houses, large and small, twin houses and apartment buildings, with a mix of rental and tenant-owned apartments. It has been developed from our winning proposal in a parallell assignment for Västerås stad in 2010. Tovatt Architects and Planners, together with HSB, Bostjärnan and NOPY in Västerås, has taken the project a big step closer to realization. Construction will start this autumn!

Read more about the project here!

Vulkanen 8 gets attention in the media

ekurirenTovatt Architects and Planners’ colourful addition to central Eskilstuna generates achitectural discussions. We are proud over our project and happy to be able to contribute to a positive architectural discourse. Read more about the discussion here:

Eskilstuna Kuriren – Unika hus

Sveriges radio P4 – Husen i sörmland som sticker ut

Sörmlands TV – Kolla in Eskilstunas häftigaste hus

Read more about the project in an interview with Stella Lindstam (in Swedish):

Interview with Stella

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

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The office went to Eskilstuna to round up the year of 2016. Johannes Tovatt gave an inspiring lecture on the legacy of Ralph Erskine and his impact on our office. We visited the building site of our project Vulkanen where the happy owners of the apartments in this spectacular down town in-fill project soon will move in.

As a Christmas gift to make the world a little bit better to live in, Tovatt Architects and Planners supports Médecins Sans Frontières. We also support the building of a home for orphans and vulnerable children in Tanzania as well as Architects without borders.

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Tovatt Architects & Planners helps Västerås grow

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Ängsgärdet surrounding Pilgatan that leads straight into the heart of Västerås has started its transformation from industrial estate to mixed-use city. The proposal from Tovatt Architects & Planners is now up for consultation in cooperation with HSB Mälardalen, the municipal housing company Bostads AB Mimer and the city of Västerås. The new area will contain a mixture of rental apartments and condominiums with retail premises along Pilgatan.

The project is one of the office’s several ongoing projects in Västerås. Around Gideonsbergsskolan the detailed development plan for a densifying project introducing a new typology, the triangle houses, has just been legally approved. A vision for how the many estate owners together with the municipality can develop Kopparlunden into a vivid city district has been formulated and visualized in a consultation document approved by the city of Västerås.

The local press about Ängsgärdet (in Swedish):

http://www.direktpress.se/vasterastidning/Hem/Aktuellt/Sa-blir-nya-Angsgardet/

http://vlt.se/nyheter/vasteras/1.4311155-planerna-for-angsgardet-klarnar

Read more about Ängsgärdet on the project page.

Welcome to our new website!

 

05_News_160915_new webWe are proud to present our updated website with more content and improved design. The project pages include a selection of our recent projects and you will find more information about the office and our aspirations under the practice section of our page. More projects will be added, both new and old. Enjoy!

The office is getting bigger

Main Office, Tovatt Architects & PlannersWe welcome Anasatsiia Borodiienko and Victoria Theander to our office!
The office is in an expansive phase with many old and new challenging projects. We are now a larger team with additional knowledge and experience building a strong team around the existing core. The merging of the offices Modellera Arkitektur and Tovatt Architects & Planners shapes a solid base of a wide range of competences. During 2015 and early 2016 we have  welcomed Alina Scheutzow, Maja Karlsson, Isak Bergwall, Calle Notman, Jonatan Andersen and Jenny Kvanta to our team. And soon there  will be even more of us …

Visiting Vulkanen

05_News_160827_vulkanen buildingThis weekend the future residents visited the building site of Vulkanen 8 located in central Eskilstuna. The 16 apartments slowly take shape and with helmets on the group explored the spaces and the views. Read more about the project on the project page.

Inspiring Hamburg

05_News_160513_Hamburg_cThe office went on a much awaited study trip to Hamburg.
A guided tour in Hafencity, Elbphilharmonie, electric bikes through Wilhelmsburg, innovative facades, interesting conversation on urban development with prof Ingrid Breckner at Hafencity Universität. Sustainability in both large and small. Can it get
any better?

Tovatt Architects & Planners merges with Modellera Arkitektur

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Tovatt Architects & Planners strengthens its operations by merging with Modellera Arkitektur. Stella Lindstam becomes new partner alongside Johannes Tovatt and David Neuschütz. Modellera’s employees will join with the Tovatt office and all customers will follow into the new partnership.

– We are very pleased to have Stella Lindstam as partner. With Modellera we strengthen our business and can take on many exciting projects. The ambition is to grow further and we have great opportunities ahead of us with clients who appreciate what we stand for, says Johannes Tovatt, CEO of Tovatt Architects & Planners.

Modellera, with its roots in Mälardalen, is a creative architecture office with a long tradition of working in construction design stages. Tovatt are strong in urban planning and early stages and has many international assignments.

– By joining together with Tovatt, our customers will get even higher architectural quality and increased capacity. Also, we will be able to work more internationally, says Stella Lindstam, prospective partner at Tovatt.

Tovatt currently has 12 employees and assignments for Svenska Bostäder, HSB Mälardalen, Stockholm City and the City of Tampere in Finland as well as Seestadt Aspern in Austria.

Modellera has its focus on school and pre-school facilities and among its clients are Skolfastigheter in Stockholm and Kommunfastigheter in Knivsta. In addition, Modellera have projects in the segments of residential, retirement homes and commercial premises.

The headquarters will be in Stockholm and Modellera’s current office in Eskilstuna will operate as a branch office. The company will continue to work under the name Tovatt Architects & Planners.

Tovatt in Vienna

05_News_141120_SeestadtTovatt Architects & Planners inspects the progress of the new neighborhood Seestadt Aspern. This summer the first 2 600 apartments will be ready for owners to move in. In total, the masterplan provides for more than 1 000 000 m2 housing excluding offices, retail and light industry. The two metro stations are already built, the three-hectare lake has been excavated and the central park is under construction. On top of the masterplan, we have also designed 330 rental apartments in the first phase of the development. Read more on the project pages Seestadt Aspern and D10.

 

First prize in Tampere

05_Tampere_01Tovatt Architects & Planners proposal Seelake 2.0 has been selected as the winning scheme in Tampere. Our proposal was first selected as a joint winner. During the summer and fall of 2014 the office developed the concept in dialogue with the city. Now seelake 2.0 is the final winner and we look forward to working with the city to develop the Eteläpuisto Park urban area and how it meets the lake. Read more on the project page.

 

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