One of the key functions of the planned civic structure in the Kungsholmen section of Stockholm is to manage the very urban issues of traffic and emergency response. At its heart, however, is a green core of sustainability.
Designed by Swedish firm White Arkitectur, the five stories of “Park 1” will house SOS Alarm, the Greater Stockholm Fire Brigade, Trafik Stockholm and the Swedish Transport Administration. Other publicly accessible places will include restaurants, cafes, conference facilities and exhibition areas. All told, the building will hold about 1,200 workers, according to White.
Topping off the 484,000-sqaure-foot complex will be a green roof that will help absorb stormwater runoff, add an extra layer of insulation, provide solar energy for the building and help reduce the heat island effect. The gardens on the roof will also be open to the public and cantilevered over an adjacent highway, providing views of the city from a unique 164-foot-high perspective.
“It is a strong, unique building from many perspectives,” said Linda Thiel, the lead architect with White, in a press release. “Without doubt, the roof terrace is the element that makes the greatest impact – a unique public green space with 360-degree views over the landscape of roofs. A guiding factor in our work has been the opportunity to contribute to more green areas and sustainability.”
The façade of the Park 1 building will have a double skin that will be perforated with hundreds of transparent openings to allow natural daylight to penetrate the interior offices. Inspired by the look of a circuit board, the two layers of the skin will include a complex network of polygonal shapes that will interact with each other and create shifting patterns. As a result, the building, when viewed from outside, will look different from virtually every angle.
The design of Park 1 complies with the eco-certification BREEAM and also Sweden’s own sustainability standard, known as Miljöbyggnad. White will work in collaboration with AG Arkitekter on the project. London-based AKT will also work on the building’s complex façade. The entire Park 1 complex is expected to complete by 2018.