White Arkitekter awarded WAFX Prize for Södra Skanstull

11 October, 2017

White Arkitekter is the winner of the WAFX Prize in the ageing and health category for the new masterplan for Södra Skanstull.

The WAFX Prize, which part of the World Architectural Festival’s 10th anniversary celebrations, is awarded to future projects that identify and take on key challenges that urban designers and architects will need to address over the next 10 years.

Located in south Stockholm, the focal point of the scheme Södra Skanstull is a new diagonal boulevard for pedestrians and cyclists, which makes use of an old railway route and improves public movement through the area.

The judges highlighted that White’s proposal shows how creating walkability is at the heart of building a people centred sustainable city of the future.

By: Rickard Andersson

Published: 11 October, 2017

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Hi Cristiana Caira, lead architect for the Panzi Hospital feasibility study

11 October, 2017

Since September 2016, White has been working on a feasibility study for a new mother and child unit at Panzis Hospital in Bukavu, DR Congo. The hospital is run by the human rights defender, Nobel Peace Prize candidate and 2014 Sakharov Prize winner Dr Denis Mukwege.

Left to right: Dr Denis Mukwege, Saga Karlsson (White Arkitekter), Tommy Sandén (Mukwege Foundation), Annika Sandén and Cristiana Caira (White Arkitekter) at the presentation of the feasibility study in Oslo, spring 2017.

Left to right: Dr Denis Mukwege, Saga Karlsson (White Arkitekter), Tommy Sandén (Mukwege Foundation), Annika Sandén and Cristiana Caira (White Arkitekter) at the presentation of the feasibility study in Oslo, spring 2017.

What made you engage in the Panzi Hospital project?

“Primarily to work in a project that really makes a difference in a part of the world where violence against women is a major problem. We can apply our knowledge and expertise to contribute to the efforts to help vulnerable women and improve the conditions for childbirth in Congo.

What makes the Panzi project an obvious choice for White to engage in?

“As architects, we can contribute to a better world through our profession. We are not teachers or doctors, but we can design buildings and cities that strengthen democratic processes. Working towards a more equitable society through “democratic architecture” fits well into White’s core values. Health is one dimension and politics another, and when we contribute to the development of Panzi Hospital, we also support Dr. Mukwege’s work for democracy – it will be a kind of “double statement”.

How has it been to work with Dr Mukwege and his team?

“Of course, it’s very motivating to work with Denis Mukwege. He is a strong personality who has received recognition worldwide, not only for his medical expertise but also for his political commitment to human rights and democracy, focusing primarily on women in Africa. To work with people who risk their lives every day for something good feels very meaningful.




What’s the next step?

“At the moment, the Mukwege Foundation is in a fundraising phase to secure the financing for the development of the hospital. We are pleased that we’ve been asked to take the project to the next step in collaboration with local architects once the financing is in place. The management of a project such as this is best done on site – it’s local architects and builders who are familiar with local conditions, standards and materials. We will take on a supporting role to ensure that the ideas from the feasibility study are maintained and further developed.

The feasibility study has been carried out by White in collaboration with Panzi Hospital, University of Gothenburg, WSP, Art of Life and Birth and the Center for Health Architecture at Chalmers.

Read more on our project Panzi Hospital.

Published: 11 October, 2017

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Silver for White Arkitekter in Quebec design competition

2 October, 2017

White Arkitekter’s proposal for a national urban park has won the silver medal in Québec City’s international design competition Rêvons nos rivière (Dreaming our rivers). The competition aimed to generate ideas to rehabilitate the major rivers flowing through the city’s territory.

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“Parc des Quatre Rivières” is White’s response to the competition brief, is a collection of the naturally, culturally and agriculturally important landscape found in and around Québec.

Based on the Scandinavian philosophy of Allemansrätten – ’the freedom to roam’ – the team from White Arkitekter’s Oslo studio developed a proposal that works as a guide at multiple scales, for transitioning the existing Capital National watershed into a national urban park. The Parc des Quatre Rivières is a new bio-physical border that aims to influence the city to grow towards its rivers, blurring the lines between the natural and the urban.

White Arkitekter’s team:
Jenny Mäki, Architect (Sweden)
Eric Reid, Landscape Architect (Canada)
Rebekah Schaberg, Urban Planner (USA)
Anna Graaf, Environmental design specialist (Sweden)
Joan Rassmusen, Architect (Denmark)
Sander Schuur, Sustainable water management (The Netherlands)
Niels de Bruin, Landscape Architect (Sweden)
Daniel Hultman, Illustrator (Sweden)
Victoria Percovich Guiterrez, Social sistainability expert (Sweden)


See our proposal at the competiton site with presentation boards.

By: Rickard Andersson

Published: 2 October, 2017

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White Arkitekter’s interior for Epidemic Sound shortlisted for WIN Awards ‘17

6 September, 2017

White Arkitekter’s interior concept for music company Epidemic Sound’s office in an old brewery building in Stockholm, Sweden, has placed the architects firm on the shortlist in the ‘Workspace’ category in the annual WIN Awards.

White Arkitekter’s concept draws from the authenticity of existing raw space with reuse as a theme. Music permeates Epidemic Sound’s identity and was a source of inspiration.

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The winner will be announced at the WIN Awards Ceremony in London in February 2018.

Published: 6 September, 2017

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Office interior by White Arkitekter shortlisted in SBID International Design Awards 2017

7 August, 2017

White Arkitekter’s design of the new offices for Telia, a Swedish telecommunications company, has been shortlisted in the Office Design category of the SBID International Design Awards 2017. The office space has been selected as one of the qualifying projects by a panel of judges in the first stage of the competition.


Telia’s office in Luleå, Sweden, is an example of how re-use can create an engaging office space. The furniture concept consists reworked furniture from half a dozen former workplaces. Hand-picked by White Arkiteker, the items were re-designed and re-crafted to suit modern office life. Divided into a collection of spaces, the office comprises work stations for focused work, open areas and demo stations in the customer service department and a lounge with space for collaboration.

After a public vote, a team of judges will choose the winning project. It will be announced in London on October 27 2017. The SBID Awards is regarded as one of the most prestigious accolades in the interior design industry representing talent and design excellence across all corners of the industry.

By: Rickard Andersson

Published: 7 August, 2017

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Aabenraa Psychiatric Hospital wins international architectural prize

17 July, 2017

Aabenraa Psychiatric Hospital, designed by White Arkitekter, has won the Mental Health Project category in the Design & Health International Academy Awards 2017.

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The physical environment can be of crucial importance to patients in psychiatric care. On behalf of the Region of Southern Denmark, White designed a psychiatric hospital where the architecture supports the treatment and aids recovery. The vision was to create a hospital where nature, daylight and varied spatial sequences play a significant role in recovery.

The psychiatric hospital is composed of seven sections that ensure an open design. Large windows let daylight, nature and the surrounding environment into the building. This transparency and openness creates a safe and secure environment for both staff and patients, who can move around the building freely. Rather than being closed to the outside world, the building opens up to its surroundings in order to promote patients’ contact with the outside world during treatment.

The innovative architectural design supports treatment and contributes to positive results; the hospital has just passed 250 days without using medical restraint at one of the wards.

White collaborated with DEVE Arkitekter ApS, ARKPLAN, Wessberg A/S and Ingeniørgruppen Varde in the project.

The hospital has previously won the Architecture Award 2016 in the municipality of Aabenraa. It has also been nominated for an international award at MIPIM in Cannes for Best Healthcare Development and has received an honorable mention in the European Health Design Awards 2016.

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By: Ina Dalsgaard Gouliaev

Published: 17 July, 2017

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White Arkitekter up for three awards at WAF 2017

7 July, 2017

White Arkitekter has been shortlisted in three categories in this year’s iteration of the World Architecture Festival Awards. The shortlisted projects are in the “future” categories – projects not yet completed – for Masterplanning, Culture and Health.

The project Södra Skanstull in Stockholm builds on the area’s identity by mapping, upgrading and enhancing existing facilities. It reappraises the spaces in between the dominating infrastructure, reinvigorating underused spaces and creating boulevards for pedestrians and cyclists. The design proposal introduces soft landscaping and strategically positions new structures to minimise noise and pollutants.

Södra Skanstull

In northern Sweden, international competition winner Skellefteå cultural centre and hotel is a beautiful venue open for everyone. The design, a contemporary expression and timeless quality, pays homage to the local timber heritage and will be the tallest building using wood frame construction techniques in the Nordic countries. Skellefteå Cultural Centre will complete in 2020.

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Family and loved ones are the focus in planning and designing for Queen Silvia’s new paediatric hospital in Gothenburg, Sweden. A safe environment incorporating the latest in technology and work processes while also providing spaces which can briefly transport the you patients and their loved ones away from the intensive activity in the ward environment and into a brief period of tranquility.


The winners will be announced at the World Architecture Festival, which takes place in Berlin 15-17 November 2017.

By: Rickard Andersson

Published: 7 July, 2017

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New Karolinska Solna University Hospital project wins European Healthcare Design Awards

14 June, 2017

Yesterday at the Royal House of Physicians in London, New Karolinska Solna University Hospital (NKS), designed by White Tengbom Team won the Future Healthcare Design category in the prestigious European Healthcare Design Awards 2017.

Awarded by Architects for Health and SALUS Global Knowledge Exchange, the prize aims to highlight “a future healthcare project that can demonstrate the potential for outstanding outcomes in masterplanning, place making, wellness and sustainability in alignment with the strategic requirements of the healthcare provider to transform their services within the wider community, regional or national health system”.


The jury stated:

As an integral part of a wider healthcare plan in Stockholm, the Nya Karolinska is well-adapted to the planned urban surroundings and environment, making a positive contribution to the local area. There is great potential for future flexibility which provides longer term economic and operational benefits. The project addresses sustainability through design, materials and transportation, achieving a very high standard overall.

The devise “patient first” has guided the NKS project; planning and design is based on the patients’ safety, integrity and comfort. The hospital is being built to operate for up to a hundred years and has as such been planned as general, flexible and of high quality. It is one of Europe’s largest and most advanced building projects, Sweden’s most complex BIM project, the first hospital to be environmentally certified according to Swedish and international standards. It is also the heart of a whole new district which is developing around the urban hospital between Stockholm and Solna.

Within the category White Tengbom Team competed against a shortlist consisting of Haunersches Children’s Hospital at Grosshadern Campus by Nickl & Partner Architekten AG, Germany and the Phillips House Redevelopment at North York General Hospital by Montgomery Sisam Architects, Canada.

White Tengbom Team was formed in 2010 to meet the architectural challenges for New Karolinska Solna Hospital. It is a project-specific company, where two of Sweden’s largest architectural practices, White and Tengbom, work together to design the hospital.

By: Rickard Andersson

Published: 14 June, 2017

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White wins International Design Awards with municipal building

12 June, 2017

The White designed municipal building in Täby outside Stockholm, Sweden, has been awarded the gold medal in the “Architecture – Institutional” category in the International Design Awards (IDA). The awards acknowledge and praise design vision and talent in architecture and design.

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Photo by Anders Bobert

White won an open architecture competition to design the municipal building in 2010, its proposal being judged against 70 other submissions. The building is designed to achieve maximum transparency between the municipality and its citizens. It opened in spring 2017.

Located in a former parking lot, the municipal building is in a strategic position connecting Täby centre, library, church, municipal swimming pools and school. Its glass façade with panels of brass sheet will change and acquire patina over time. The building is set to achieve Gold certification according to the Sweden Green Building Council.

Lead architects for the project are Thomas Rudin and Robert Schmitz.

By: Rickard Andersson

Published: 12 June, 2017

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White’s proposed experience centre in Germany receives commendation

31 May, 2017

White has received a commendation for its proposal for an experience centre for biodiversity outside the German town of Rehau, close to the Czech border. The proposed experience centre comprises a restaurant, exhibition and teaching rooms, as well as some 50,000 square metres of landscaping.


The competition jury praised the building’s innovative bio-façade in combination with the distinct form and the interior play of light, as well as the technical solutions for local electricity generation, heat storage, natural ventilation and daylight, which were fully integrated in the building.

“The fact that we have received an award in a major international architectural competition in competition with renowned architects from throughout Europe is naturally fantastic, but it is also important for our image as an international office with sustainable architecture as an export commodity. Together with some of Europe’s best engineers we have designed a self-sufficient building entirely in wood, where architecture and sustainability are inseparable components. We have succeeded in gaining a foothold in this context with a proposal which stands out – in both form and material as well as innovative solutions – and it feels good to come so far with a project that is so entirely compatible with our values and vision,” say lead architects Magnus Bunner and Björn Bondesson.

White’s proposal is a reinterpretation of the regional barn architecture. A distinct angular wooden building is located in the borderland between forest and open ground, creating a generous entrance towards the southwest and the rolling Central European landscape. The building is partially submerged in the ground, and the visitor moves at eye level with plants and animals along a glass slit which makes the entire building float. The building’s façades are a large library of biological diversity and high-performing solar cells. Together the visitors build nesting boxes, beehives and insect hotels which over time will fill the façade library and make the actual building a centre for biodiversity along the green strip.

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White, with references from successful projects for the Swedish ‘Naturum’ experience centres and similar commissions where nature and architecture meet, prequalified as the only Swedish architect’s office in the competition. A total of eleven offices from countries including Germany, Switzerland and Spain competed.

Besides Magnus Bunner and Björn Bondesson, the competition team from White included the architects Stina Hillinge, Eva Hanewinckel and Linn Roldin, landscape architects Anika Meincke, Ulrika Bergbrant and Eric Reid, as well as the environmental experts Daniel Nilsson and John Helmfridsson. Technical consultants for design, technical system and energy were Drees & Sommer, Stuttgart & Düsseldorf through Michael Duder, Christian Luft and Michael Dufner.

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By: Rickard Andersson

Published: 31 May, 2017

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