SOM team selected for Polestar Tower project in Gothenburg

19 June 2014 (Last Updated June 19th, 2014 18:30)

Sweden-based Serneke, along with the city of Gothenburg, has selected designs developed by American architectural and engineering firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), Copenhagen architects Entasis and COWI Group, for the new 230m Polestar Tower project in Gothenburg, Sweden.

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Sweden-based Serneke, along with the city of Gothenburg, has selected designs developed by American architectural and engineering firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), Copenhagen architects Entasis and COWI Group, for the new 230m Polestar Tower project in Gothenburg, Sweden.

The team was selected from the five candidates shortlisted in the competition, which was held by Serneke in January in consultation with the Swedish Association of Architects, Gothenburg's City Planning Authority, and the municipal firm Älvstranden Utvecklings.

The project master plan will include a 143,000m² mixed-use district with single-storey flats, loft-style apartments, and duplexes, with balconies that offer city and waterfront views.

"The project master plan will include…mixed-use district with single-storey flats, loft-style apartments, and duplexes."

Polestar Tower will have space for a range of retail, food, and beverage stores, a residents' lounge, a public restaurant, a gym, a roof deck at podium level, and an observation deck at the top level.

When completed, the tower will be Sweden's tallest building, claims the company.

SOM design director Kent Jackson said: "We are very excited to have won this prestigious competition and will be pleased to deliver a great design and city district for the people of Gothenburg."

In addition to the Polestar Tower project, the team has also proposed a new landscaped ring linking key sites in Gothenburg and a new park through the realignment of Lindholmsallén.


Image: Ariel view of Polestar Tower in Gothenburg, Sweden. Photo: courtesy of Serneke AB.