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Non-functional Architecture?

October 29th, 2020 Comments off

This is intensely hard for me to comprehend. I need to take a pause to reflect a little while longer. I mean there’s no such thing right? There is no non-functional architecture?

So, what seems to be the problem if any? In the drawing above I have superimposed the layout of a two-room apartment on the three-room equivalent in the same building – there are four identical buildings and the floors are mirrored and more or less symmetrical as far as I can tell. The green-coulured part is the difference in liveable area between the two and according to the plans a two-room apartment has an area of 64m2 and a three-room has respectively 77m2.

Yes? So, the two-room apartment has a smaller liveable area? Well, that’s perfectly normal is it not! Why would that be problem and how is that non-functional? You need to look at the layout/footprint in combination with the facades of the buildings in question. That was what originally made me intrigued, because, when I first saw them I could not see any apparent reason what so ever for angling the structures to begin with – apart from possibly aesthetics?

In my mind this design choice poses a number of difficult questions:

  1. Light or lack thereof in the two-room apartments?
  2. How will anyone successfully furnish said apartments?
  3. Why would you remove 13m2 or more per floor in a nine story (or any) building?
  4. Would it have been possible to make one-room apartments out of a three-room apartment layout?
  5. The slanting of the roof? Why would you lower the ceiling height purposefully of the top floor?
  6. Was it a financially rooted decision? Did it lower the overall building cost or did it in fact add to final construction cost?
  7. Are these purely aesthetic considerations/decisions** in order to avoid symmetry completely? Void of any functionality what-so-ever and thereby some kind of non-functional architecture?
  8. I don’t know what to say/think. It congers an uncunning feeling. Maybe like the tenant seeing/feeling the presence of a drone from her bedroom window (one of two full sized windows exsiting in the two-room apartment) on the ninth floor.

Lingvägen 182-184 – Projekt
Byggnadsår: 2020
Arkitekt: DinellJohansson
Ägare: Primula Byggnads AB
Yta: 5546m2

** Other similar lines of thought; the curvature of the rear balconies (less area would be less desirable), the absence of an underground structure, i.e. a basement and/or garage. Cars (and bikes) like to be indoors as well, but I don’t think they object terribly not being on the ground/street level as such. The buildings are quite bottom heavy to my taste and it seems impossible to pass in between them. Standing four in a row makes for quite a stroll if you would like to access the back of the building complex. Maybe you happen to be an avid train-spotter?

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D’où Je Viens XXXV

October 21st, 2020 Comments off

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Béton Brut, It’s Not

October 20th, 2020 Comments off

Concrete is naturally grey, but does that entail or guarantee any trace of Béton Brut? One of the two building constellations pictured above is most definitely not.

What about proportion and scale? The public’s expert opinion seems to be that the thing that matters is that they (everything and anything built) should resemble/mimic the surrounding buildings.

People were chocked and appalled when realising that they would actually not be painted. Why? They obviously don’t “fit” the surroundings…

Nybygge i Årsta rör upp känslor

KRITIK. “Det här är skitdeprimerande”

“Sovjetgrått”, “miljonprogram” och “gränslöst deppigt”. Två nybyggen vid Årstavägen får svidande kritik av Årstaborna, för sin grå betongfasad. Mitt i Söderort ringde upp firman Vera arkitekter som bekräftar att husen ska förbli omålade. – Skojar du? Det ser hiskeligt ut, säger invånaren Jakob Grunditz.

Det som flera undrar är om husen verkligen ska förbli omålade. Det bekräftar firman Vera arkitekter.

Beskedet förvånar Årstaborna Jakob Grunditz och Apolonia Örmä.
– Det kunde jag inte förställa mig. Det är märkligt att slänga in en betongbyggnad här där det finns många hus i pastellfärger. Det sticker upp som en finne, säger Jacob Grunditz.

Björn Wiklander**** är arkitekt på Vera arkitekter. Han säger att fasaden aldrig var tänkt att målas.

Tycker du att husen passar in vid Årstavägen?*
– Ja, det tycker jag, Men de avviker ju från andra hus i omgivnigen som är väldigt färgglada, säger Björn Wiklander.

Mitti Söder

First: The responsible architecture firm VERA Arkitekter AB’s design: Gisslaren*.
Second: My more than sketchy rework**. Some final thoughts; (possibly a work in progress).

* Do you think… You are asking the responsible architect? Tycker du att husen passar in vid Årstavägen? Do you think that the buildings fit/belong at Årstavägen?

I’m convinced/intrigued. I’m quite confident that the original drawings did not look like this at all. The height would have/must have been double at least.

I’m thinking that it was thought to have been a bridge between the old and new. With a clear reference to the existing surrounding buildings.

The in my mind beautiful 60’s monoliths, with uniform cladding (the tallest ones that are closest do not have a concrete surface they’re are plastered.

Arkitekten Paul Hedqvist har ritat alla hus förutom de två punkthusen som ligger längs i öst. De husen är ritade av Riksbyggens arkitektkontor. Hedqvists bidrag av lamellhus var de enda som hade franska balkonger i Valla.

So, the two houses that are being referenced to above were not drawn by Paul Hedqvist. Below, I’ve included an image of the pair of houses closest to Årstafältet and you can see the concrete fascade?

There are multiple high-rises in the area, they are pairs that actually do not look the same if you’re observant. Some re-clad in aluminium (another story). From afar they look identical, but I happen to know for a fact that they’re not. And I’m still confident that Vera’s architects are/were fully aware of that fact. You would know your history?

** One wonders… the translation of the project name Gisslaren (it not commonly used word in modern day Swedish, but then again nor is “hiskeligt”) is either the scourger, whipper, flagellator, torturer or the ironic. There’s always something to a name. So, which is? I honestly don’t know!

How difficult was this project to the firm? How many changes were they forced to make before the building’s design was accepted and signed off on? Behold Gisslaren = The torturer (?)… all other projects on their site have a short description. Gisslaren, however is lacking one for now.

*** It doesn’t have to be exactly 29 stories. I’m more than willing and prepared to compromise on actual building hight.

**** Concrete does not get painted… you don’t “paint” concrete buildings. My building was erected 1951 using blocks of blåbetong and it has cladding and a rather high concentration of Radon (it was not know at the time of construction).

Radon is a chemical element with the symbol Rn and atomic number 86. It is a radioactive, colorless, odorless, tasteless noble gas.

How about showing some respect for craftsmanship? Please? As it was once formulated… “Alla kan tralla” inte. If I have experience and education? Architects know buildings, DJ:s know records, Electricians know electricity, Nursers know medicine, Bus drivers knows buses, Bakers know bakery, Tailors know sewing, Philosophers know philosophy, Historians know history, Computer scientists know computers etc.

The lack of respect of… the hatred against any form of education in this country (of mine) never ceases to amaze me. The utterly and deeply rooted contempt for anything that is close to resemble some kind education/experience.

I can sympathize… Gisslaren. Big A for effort, but in all honesty it was a doomed project to begin with. In Årsta…

Please see: Béton Brut and Stockholm One?.

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October 12th, 2020 Comments off

och cykelbana
finns 170m

and bicycle path
is 170m back

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Rock Hard

October 12th, 2020 Comments off

There used to be a very large concrete building at this site. When it was demolished a very large rock was unveiled. It had been hidden inside the structure and facade the whole time. I’m curious to know if it will be incorporated into the new buildings or demolished.


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D’où Je Viens XXXIII

October 12th, 2020 Comments off

This is were I live.

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October 11th, 2020 Comments off

A reclad house, it is one out of two located near my living quarters. The chosen materials and finishes made me wonder how it originally looked. The replacement of: facades, doorways, balconies, railings and windows for “non-maintenance” ones are almost always aesthetic catastrophes.

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Future View

October 11th, 2020 Comments off

This (new) south side address should make for a rather splendid view.

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It’s Just Wrong! II

October 11th, 2020 Comments off

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D’où Je Viens XXVIII

June 18th, 2020 Comments off

Fig 1.

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Fig 5.

  1. Citizens’ square and the citizens house.
  2. Very close to Gotbacksbacken.
  3. Same place. Fancy address. Did not look super confident with the stroller and attached husband/companion.
  4. Close, but not the same place. Sweden’s most famous actress is buried here and the very same tag can be found in numerous places where I live – including “grovsoprummet”; actually on a piece of cardboard taped to the wall.
  5. Are they resting or are they dead? There were atleast eight of them (in the exact same location), neatly laid on there side to rest. The photo was taken and then I and the little black bear peddled on… not using electricity. I do believe I could hear the little bear chuckle a bit. We don not ride like that.
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