When Stockholm Waterfront opens in early 2011, it will provide some completely new opportunities to attract global events and visitors to one combined facility in a virtually unique position right in the heart of the city. The facility as a whole comprises a congress hall with accommodation for 3000 delegates (and a banqueting hall to seat 2000 dinner guests), a four-star hotel with 414 rooms, half of which have an enchanting view of Riddarfjärden bay and Stockholm City Hall, and an office block with panoramic views over the water and city.
“We have worked very well together throughout the process,” says Bengt Svensson, the responsible architect for Stockholm Waterfront. “Of course, it is a complex process, involving a great many decisions along the way. Throughout this time, we have been able to rely on a shared vision that has been clear and established throughout the entire project. There has never been any doubt about where we have been going.”
The original triangular site provided limited options. How was such a huge requirement to be accommodated in such a limited area?The key to success lay in subdividing it all into three properties. A “palatial office” on Klarabergsgatan, lower down a congress facility on Riddarfjärden, and between these a hotel block forming a dramatic backdrop to the congress centre.
“It might well be said that we were successful in bringing in the entire programme on a severely limited area,” states Hans Forsmark, who was one of the architectural driving forces throughout the project’s genesis.
“To fit the entire contents into this restricted site, the congress hall corbels out over the entrance plaza, becoming much larger than its own footprint on the ground. “We have based everything on a simple principle in which the buildings on the north side have been allowed to grab the height, and from there it slopes down towards the lower platform, right next to the water.”
“The congress centre is the result of an advanced jigsaw puzzle which has taken architectural solutions and technological possibilities to their limit,” says Hans Forsmark.
In spite of this it is the external appearance of the congress centre that is going to arouse most attention, with its upper section configured in free flowing contours which interplay with the movement in both the surrounding flyovers and the horizontal lines of the quays.
The permanent outer shell is enclosed by “veils” constructed from 3500 z-profiles in stainless steel and fitted at a distance from the wall. The design has also been prepared for illumination, which is going to further enhance the centre’s distinctive character.
“国会中心使用先进的建筑解决方案和技术，” Hans Forsmark.说。不过建筑的自由外形受到了更大的关注，这个形式是与周围天桥，和码头水平线相互作用的结果。建筑表皮是3500z型不锈钢组成的“面纱”，并配有专门的照明，让这里更受瞩目。