White Arkitekter curates architectural exhibition in Munich

22 March, 2017

Make Sense by White Arkitekter is an exhibition about the architecture of being human. The title is both a memento and an imperative. Making sense is the highest thing to aspire to, and at the same time the least we should do when designing new spaces for living.

Scandinavia is where trees grow old, ideas are young and where the natural environment is a sanctuary. We are a handful of nations powered by democracy and liters of coffee, with a soft spot for middle ground in both rhetoric and mood. This is the origin of White Arkitekter and its values.

Currently media exposes us to both alternative facts and algorithms that feed us “more of the same”. It takes curiosity to get beyond given patterns, modesty to make sense of what you find, and research to structure and communicate new knowledge. This spring in Munich we will show projects and ideas that are “future-proofed” and how we make sense through architecture.

Make sense / White Arkitekter
Architekturgalerie München
April 6th – May 20th, 2017

For more information contact Max Zinnecker at White.

Photo: Henrik Lindvall

By: Rickard Andersson

Published: 22 March, 2017

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Aabenraa Psychiatric Hospital in exhibition on architecture that creates value

14 March, 2017

White’s model of Aabenraa Psychiatric Hospital is featured in the exhibition “Architecture and Design that adds value” which takes place in Copenhagen 14 March – 28 April 2017.


Aabenraa Psychiatric Hospital is a good example of the impact architecture can have on people and how we are affected both physically and mentally by our surroundings. Only two years after opening, evaluations show that the building has had a positive effect on patients; they feel more comfortable and act out less.

White’s design concept for Aabenraa Psychiatric Hospital was to create spatial sequences in the human scale to support patients’ treatment.

The exhibition is organised by the Danish Association of Architectural Firms and The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation.

Visit the exhibition at Industriens House, H. C. Andersens Boulevard 18, Copenhagen.

By: Rickard Andersson

Published: 14 March, 2017

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Monica von Schmalensee talks value based design at MIPIM 2017

13 March, 2017

Hi Monica,

You’ll be taking centre stage to present at a seminar on innovative urbanisation in Sweden at this year’s MIPIM Conference in Cannes. The focus is on how Sweden is unique in combining innovation and sustainability in its growth.

Monica von Schmalensee_Foto Fredrik Hjerling_hi res

Can you tell us a little about what you’ll be sharing with the audience?
I will give the architect’s perspective on innovative urbanisation and talk about White’s urban planning approach ‘value based design’, an approach that will help the client make better decisions and us as architects to define urban qualities.

So what does value based design entail?
The guiding principles to value based design are held together through a holistic view of sustainability, from environmental to social. We think long term, generations rather than financial quarters, and to succeed we must listen to the people a space or a building is meant for during the design process.

How do you bring the different principles together in an urban design?
The key – and goal – is to create democratic urban public places. You could say that democratising architecture and culture is a driving force in urban development. In Sweden we don’t innovate for the sake of creativity, but to create a better society for everyone.

Read more about the seminar here.

By: Rickard Andersson

Published: 13 March, 2017

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Monica von Schmalensee to judge New London Awards 2017

9 February, 2017

White Arkitekter’s CEO Monica Von Schmalensee will participate as a judge on the international expert jury for the New London Awards 2017.

Recognising the very best in architecture, planning and development in the UK capital, the New London Awards considers both built and unbuilt projects. The international jury looks at projects’ architectural and design qualities as well as their impact on the surroundings and wider contribution to London.

Other invited to the international jury are David J Burney, Professor of Planning and Placemaking at Pratt Institute School of Architecture, Dominique Alba of Atelier Parisien d’Urbanisme, Riccardo Marini of Gehl Architects, Peter Murray of New London Architecture and David Taylor, editor of the New London Quarterly.

This is the fifth year in a row Monica has been asked to share her expertise as a judge for the awards.

By: Rickard Andersson

Published: 9 February, 2017

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White Arkitekter’s Sander Schuur wins “Architecture of the Year” for STHLMNYC

7 February, 2017

The annual gala “Årets Rum” (Room of the Year) praises architects and designers for influential and creative work. Sander Schuur, architect at White, and Linda Schuur are the winners in the “Architecture of the Year” category for their work with STHLMNYC.

STHMLNYC – founded and directed by the two architects – is a platform for collaboration between Stockholm and New York City to discuss and formulate a future urban environment that is adaptive to uncertainties of the future. The non-profit organiation brings people together to learn, to discuss, and to influence the future of our cities.

The jury, which consisted of Rahel Belatchew Lerdell and the editors-in-chief of Swedish publications Rum, Rum Hemma, Nya Rum and Rum Design, stated:

“The future of architecture faces similar challenges around the world. Sharing knowledge across borders is a prerequisite for rapidly achieving sustainable development. STHLMNYC is an initiative by two architects who have successfully managed to mobilise the industry in Stockholm and New York and have consistently shown that bridges can be built despite great physical distance.”

– We are grateful and proud to win the “Architecture of the Year” award and that the value of two cities working together for a positive urban development is getting attention. It’s great that the internationalisation of Swedish architecture is placed higher on the agenda and that it is also a focus area for the Government, says Sander Schuur.

Realisation of the tremendous potential of collaboration led Linda and Sander to initiate STHLMNYC in 2014. At the time, no platform existed that would enable such a collaboration to promote and share Swedish urban design and architecture. Now, after three years of testing new formats of various programs, STHLMNYC has found its form for taking the next step; to start new initiatives to further develop and impact the future.

Sander also continues his work as an architect at White Arkitekter.

By: Rickard Andersson

Published: 7 February, 2017

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White’s parking garage that moonlights as a sledding slope is a finalist in ArchDaily Building of the Year Awards ’17

1 February, 2017

ArchDaily’s readers have selected ‘Stadsberget’ in Piteå, Sweden, as one of the five finalists in the Public Architecture category in the ArchDaily Building of the Year Awards ’17.

‘Stadsberget’ (Swedish for ‘City Mountain’) was designed by White Arkitekter in collaboration with Henning Larsen Architects and has become a unique meeting place and tourist attraction in the city centre.

The talk of the town is not the 228 new parking spaces, but that the garage serves as an amphitheatre and meeting place in the summer and – to local children’s delight – a sledding slope in winter.

ArchDaily’s readers whittled 3,000 projects down to 80 finalists in the competition’s 16 different categories. Atelier du Pont and Luís Pedro Silva Arquitecto are among the other finalists in the Public Architecture category.

The winner is announced on 7 February 2017. Vote here.

Stadsberget PIteå, White Arkitekter

White’s refurbishment of Cirkus, Skandiascenen was nominated in the Cultural Architecture category and Johanneberg Science Park and Bråtejordet Skole in the Educational Architecture category.

By: Rickard Andersson

Published: 1 February, 2017

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White Arkitekter shortlisted for new faculty of arts at Warwick University

17 January, 2017

White Arkitekter is among five teams competing in the final round for an ‘architecturally outstanding’ £33 million faculty of arts at Warwick University in Coventry, UK.

The two-stage RIBA-organised competition invited ‘innovative and insightful teams with exceptional creative skills’ to submit proposals for the new landmark building.

The winning design will bring together eight departments at the university currently spread across two separate buildings and will replace an existing car park near the main library and students union.

RIBA adviser Cindy Walters of Walters & Cohen alongside members of the university’s senior leadership team and leading departmental academics made up the judging panel.

Foster + Partners, Grimshaw, WilkinsonEyre and FCBS also made the shortlist. The winning multidisciplinary design team will be announced on 1 February.

Read more in the AJ

By: Rickard Andersson

Published: 17 January, 2017

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Take a virtual tour through the Eyes of Runavik

13 January, 2017

New app shows a 3D version of White arkitekter’s winning project Eyes of Runavik in The Faroe Islands. In June 2016 White arkitekter was announced as one of the six regional winners of the Nordic Built Cities Challenge. Now Nordic Built Cities and Playsign have collaborated on a virtual app that takes you through the […]

New app shows a 3D version of White arkitekter’s winning project Eyes of Runavik in The Faroe Islands.

In June 2016 White arkitekter was announced as one of the six regional winners of the Nordic Built Cities Challenge. Now Nordic Built Cities and Playsign have collaborated on a virtual app that takes you through the projects and the sights. Navigate through the magnificent and challenging landscape of Runavik and explore the architecture White arkitekter has proposed for the steep terrain in The Faroe Islands.

Link to the web based app.
The web based app is desktop only (Firefox or Chrome are recommended browsers).

Link to the mobile app.

The app is also available for Android mobile devices from Play Store.

The Eyes of Runavik


The Eyes of Runavik

By: Ina Gouliaev

Published: 13 January, 2017

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Visualisation Research: Take a walk inside a 3D interior

13 January, 2017

Architect Tarek Adhami at White’s Örebro office previously worked in the Entertainment industry as a 3D concept artist. This inspired him to create a three dimensional visualisation of an interior space, which he published using Sketchfab. Have a look!

Hi there, Tarek Adhami! Can you tell us a bit more about the project idea?

Sometimes architecture can be complicated to describe to the general public using 2D images only. So as an architect who works as a visualiser, I feel that it is time to start representing our work more interactively and three dimensionally through the resources that already exist out there.

The idea is based on the fact that we already draw most of our designs in the form of 3D models, so why don’t we just deliver these models rather than taking pictures of them? It’s like live examining a sculpture inside an exhibition instead of just looking at the photos. I believe that such a delivery adds more value to our work, as well as minimises uncertainties around what a project will look like.

There is similar ongoing work within White’s departments Digital Design & BIM, Dsearch and White View. It is important to note that White View has also done an interactive presentation in the past using a gaming engine.

When I worked for the entertainment industry my job as a concept artist was to design virtual 3D sets for the project directors to enable them to walk around inside these virtual sets. Everything needed to look perfect from multiple angles. The prototype I am working on now is going to be compatible with virtual reality devices and should be ready in the beginning of 2017.


The tutorial has also been published on the online architecture publication ArchDaily.

By: Rickard Andersson

Published: 13 January, 2017

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White Arkitekter appointed to redevelop Saint Augustine’s Church in Colindale

28 November, 2016

The Diocese of London (DoL) has appointed White Arkitekter to redevelop and unlock opportunities on one of its key sites, located at the heart of the Grahame Park Regeneration Scheme, Colindale, in the London Borough of Barnet. The rest of the Grahame Park Regeneration is delivered by Genesis Housing Association in partnership with London Borough of Barnet.

The mixed-use redevelopment will be housing-led, the residential element funding the delivery of a modern church, hall, ancillary spaces and vicarage to meet the spiritual and social needs and work of a new thriving parish. As well as a spiritual centre, the new development will form a new cultural and social hub for the whole area; a community facility for the benefit of all faiths and none, while being unmistakably and unapologetically a church, a centre of Christian worship. To activate the public realm the development will include non-residential uses that will complement the church and housing. At least one of the residential units will be retained by the church to house community workers on lower incomes. The approximately 6500 sq m scheme with its active street frontage will benefit the area by providing a quality public realm that will create a vibrant new piazza at the heart of Grahame Park.
Working closely with DoL and the local community over the coming months, White Arkitekter will develop concept designs to assess the capacity, height, scale and massing, potential mix and distribution of land uses, landscape and public realm options. Close consultation is vital to ensure the new development is appropriately integrated into the burgeoning neighbourhood of Colindale.


Tony Moseley, Programme Manager, The Diocese of London, said:

“We are very pleased to have White Arkitekter on board. This project requires great sensitivity to respect the needs of the existing community whilst celebrating the changes that the regeneration of Grahame Park Estate will bring. We chose White Arkitekter because they emphasize dialogue, and focus on how people use and come together in spaces and places in their design practice. The mix of uses on a tight site is challenging, White Arkitekter brings great expertise in getting beneath the surface of a project, identifying the qualities of a place and working creatively within the constraints of a site.”


Revd Dr Joseph Gabor, Minister in Charge, St Augustine’s, Grahame Park, said:

“Building a brand new church is, literally, a ‘sacred’ challenge and an opportunity to relearn who we are and what are we doing. For me, as pastor of the community and as a theologian, this is an opportunity to learn a new language and with White Arkitekter it promises to be a fascinating dialogue and a mutual learning. A good building recognises the past and the redevelopment must embed the faithful worship of generations of residents of Grahame Park. This personal presence is a guiding principle for designing a church in our tradition.”


White Arkitekter said:

“This project is a unique opportunity to create a place where everyone in the community is welcome. It is an honour for us to work with St Augustine’s Church to help them realise their vision for the site as a hub of the community. We envision a beautiful place, a retreat from hectic city life and the digital world. Today, arguably more than ever, churches continue to be the lifeline of any society, providing a welcoming space and diverse public services to the surrounding communities. Our Scandinavian design heritage is rooted in the idea of creating inclusive places which promote and sustain well-being. The church aligns with this sentiment and it will play a vital role in anchoring the community during a period of transition as the Grahame Park Estate is redeveloped, attracting newcomers to the area.”


Published: 28 November, 2016

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