Archinect - News 2017-07-20T22:45:10-04:00 UMA proposes a kilometer-long infinity pool for Stockholm's waterfront Nicholas Korody 2017-05-23T12:22:00-04:00 >2017-05-23T18:45:49-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="437" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>There&rsquo;s long lap pools, and then there&rsquo;s UMA&rsquo;s design for Stockholm&mdash;a kilometer long infinity pool that serves as tourist attraction, recreational facility, and even infrastructure. The idea is to extend a walkway stretching from the northern part of S&ouml;derman to the eastern point out over the motorway that currently takes up most of the waterfront.&nbsp;</p><p>Perched on a load bearing structure made of a repetitive steel console structure bolted to the bedrock, the infinity pool would contain water pumped from the Baltic Sea and cleaned in a small treatment plant. The water would be heated with waste heat. According to the designers, you could even swim in parts of it during the spring and fall. In the winter, meanwhile, the temperature would be lowered to the point where the water freezes over, enabling ice skating.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>According to the designers, the pool would create the illusion of an unobstructed connection between the waterfront and the adjacent Baltic Sea. Dressing rooms, showers and other f...</p> Construction begins on major Foster + Partners project in Sweden Nicholas Korody 2016-07-05T20:35:00-04:00 >2016-09-12T17:21:02-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="315" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Construction has started at New Slussen, a major Foster + Partners project in the center of Stockholm. One of the largest urban projects in Sweden, the SEK 12 Billion project is intended to &ldquo;create a dynamic urban quarter, responding to its historic context and transforming the city centre,&rdquo; according to the press release.</p><p>Slussen was originally built in 1642 as a lock separating the ocean from the freshwater Lake M&auml;laren before being covered by a concrete &ldquo;four-leaf clover&rdquo; structure in 1935. The deterioration of the concrete structure made a new master plan an urgent necessity.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The Foster + Partners plan includes new transportation links as well as new commercial buildings and cultural amenities. The plan is intended to maintain the historic scale of the area, while adding new public spaces as well as pedestrian and bicycle routes. It also will expand the capacity of the lock five-fold to minimize the threat of flooding.</p><p>&ldquo;This is a once in a life time undertaking in a uniquely signif...</p> Sweden's king voices disapproval of Chipperfield's Nobel Center design Justine Testado 2016-06-03T13:09:00-04:00 >2016-06-07T04:47:05-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[King Carl XVI Gustav] said the sprawling brass-clad structure, designed by the British architect David Chipperfield to house the Nobel Foundation and host its prestigious annual prize ceremony, would dominate Stockholm&rsquo;s celebrated 19th-century waterfront... &lsquo;The size of the building is determined by what is necessary for a Nobel Centre. It&rsquo;s not exploiting the value of the land or something &ndash; it&rsquo;s not a developer building, an office building or a hotel...&rsquo; [Chipperfield said.]</p></em><br /><br /><p>King Carl XVI Gustav isn't favorable toward Chipperfield's dominating design plan for the Nobel Center, which inevitably has sparked opposition. But, supporters of the project beg to differ.</p><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Chipperfield wins Nobel Center architectural competition</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nobel Center competition shortlists three teams to move on to stage two</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eleven renowned architects present proposals for Stockholm&rsquo;s future Nobel Center</a></p> Future sustainable skyscrapers will be made of...wood? Julia Ingalls 2016-05-18T12:29:00-04:00 >2016-05-20T23:48:26-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Proponents of the material, called cross-laminated timber, or CLT, say it can be used to erect buildings that are just as strong and fire-resistant as those made from steel and concrete. Those qualities have helped excite the passions of architects and environmentalists, who think it could unlock a greener method for housing the world&rsquo;s growing population, and timber producers, who hope to open a U.S. market for the value-added good.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Right now the structures are mainly proposals, but CLT could be the principal element of a 100-story tower nicknamed "The Splinter" in London as designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PLP Architecture</a>, while there's an ornamental 40-story timber tower in Stockholm on the boards, as designed by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Anders Berensson Architects</a>:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>These aren't your grandfather's skyscrapers:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A bamboo skyscraper fosters public life</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A closer look at BIG's West 57th Street "courtscraper"</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Here comes the "dronescraper"</a></li></ul> Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair opens to the public Julia Ingalls 2016-02-11T16:57:00-05:00 >2016-02-11T16:57:29-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="402" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>If you're in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stockholm</a>, you have until February 13th to head over to the Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair, which features designs and talks from Barber &amp;&nbsp;Osgerby, among other furniture and lighting giants. Here are some pics of the fair in progress, courtesy the venue's Facebook page and Instagram account:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Will tall towers and sky walks populate the Stockholm of the future? Nicholas Korody 2016-01-12T13:34:00-05:00 >2016-01-18T02:31:39-05:00 <img src="" width="620" height="801" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Could roof-straddling &ldquo;sky walks&rdquo; soon be coming to Stockholm? A new plan proposed for the Swedish capital would see a large slice of its city center built over with densely packed towers, joined at their peaks by a dramatic zigzag of tree-lined, open air gangways... Sweden&rsquo;s capital is one of the fastest growing cities in Europe... If it isn&rsquo;t going to sprawl unmanageably or become overcrowded, it&rsquo;s going to have to find somewhere to put everyone...</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>Proposed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Anders Berensson Architects</a>, the "Klarastaden," or "clear city" plan, was commissioned by the Swedish Center Party, a center-right party with an environmental focus and neoliberal bent. The Swedish capital is poised to grow 17 percent in the next nine years, putting pressure on its historic infrastructure and architecture.</p><p>If you want to avoid sprawling out, you're best options are to go in and up, increasing urban density and height. The Klarastaden proposal does just that, weaving together a matrix of towers of different heights and widths with a series of pathways. Following what is increasingly becoming the go-to trend for marking a project as "green," the building roofs would support a fragmented park.<br><br>But, as is noted by CityLab, the Center Party isn't in power at the moment. So Anders Berensson Architects have also crafted a diagram for how their strategy could be retooled as a retrofit instead of a massive development.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Related:&nbsp;</strong></p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Left to rot: abandoned Swedish mid-cen...</a></li></ul> Stockholm's Vision Zero offers idealistic concept of car-free cities Justine Testado 2015-03-25T09:19:00-04:00 >2015-04-04T23:33:19-04:00 <img src="" width="602" height="899" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As the Vision Zero conversation widens, a new dimension is emerging to the approach. Increasingly, planners and advocates are talking about creating cities rich in human interaction, cities that provide a healthier environment that puts people above cars in a variety of ways...[At the same time,] Stockholm is already focusing on walkability, even if not under the Vision Zero rubric.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><ul><li><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Study Links Walkable Neighborhoods to Prevention of Cognitive Decline</a></p></li><li><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles on cusp of becoming 'major' walkable city, study says</a></p></li><li><p><a title="Tulsa Mayor Hasn&rsquo;t Ruled Out a Sidewalk Next to New Flagship Park" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tulsa Mayor Hasn&rsquo;t Ruled Out a Sidewalk Next to New Flagship Park</a></p></li></ul> The latest details on OMA’s Norra Tornen twin towers in Stockholm Justine Testado 2014-12-12T23:51:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T22:28:32-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="817" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>OMA recently revealed new details on the Norra Tornen twin towers -- formerly titled Tors Torn -- since they won the competition in 2013. The distinguishly faceted 100-meter towers, which are named Helix and Innovation, are being designed to be the third tallest twin skyscrapers in the Hagastaden neighborhood of Stockholm. The mixed-use buildings will consist of private residential apartments, a bar and exhibition space, and public amenities...The project is scheduled to break ground in 2015.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Barcelona wins Grand Prize in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayors Challenge for Europe Justine Testado 2014-09-23T21:32:00-04:00 >2016-12-01T18:18:52-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="485" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Michael Bloomberg's Bloomberg Philanthropies revealed the winners of its first European edition of the Mayors Challenge. More than 150 top cities from 28 European nations entered the competition, which asked participants to send their most innovative ideas that address Europe's timely pressing issues like unemployment, energy efficiency, obesity, aging, and improving government efficiency.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Barcelona took the Grand Prize for Innovation and &euro;5 million to help implement their proposal,&nbsp;<strong>Collaborative Care Networks for Better Aging,</strong> a digital and community "trust network" for each of its at-risk elderly residents.</p><p>Innovation prizes of &euro;1 million were also given to the following cities:</p><ul><li><strong>Athens, Greece</strong>: Synathina, a Public Platform for Engaged Citizens</li><li><strong>Kirklees, in Yorkshire, United Kingdom</strong>: Kirklees Shares</li><li><strong>Stockholm, Sweden</strong>:<strong> </strong>Biochar - for a Better City Ecosystem</li><li><strong>Warsaw, Poland</strong>: Virtual Warsaw - Urban Information System for the Visually Impaired</li></ul><p>In addition to prize money, each winning city will receive technical assistance, expert coaching, and a trophy specially designed by renowned artist <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olafur Eliasson</a>.</p><p>Michael Bloomberg congratulated Barcelona via a surprise phone call from Paris in the video below.</p><p>Learn more about the winning ideas on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> The future of urban farming belongs to the bugs Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-13T13:21:00-04:00 >2014-06-13T13:22:57-04:00 <img src="" width="620" height="437" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Some people might mentally retch that the United Nations, believing the world's population could hit&nbsp;9 billion by 2050, thinks we should prepare to eat bugs. Not the folks at Sweden's Belatchew Arkitekter, though: They want to fast-track the insect-munching. Thus they've whipped up plans to build "vermin farms" upon Stockholm's major intersections, so that by 2018 everybody in the city will be guaranteed plentiful rations of six-legged foodstuffs.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> David Chipperfield wins Nobel Center architectural competition Justine Testado 2014-04-09T12:52:00-04:00 >2014-04-14T21:44:44-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Chipperfield</a>'s "Nobelhuset" is the winning design for the new Nobel Center in Stockholm, after a unanimous jury decision. Back in Fall 2013, Chipperfield was one of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">11 famous architects who submitted proposals</a> for the future Nobel Center.</p><p>In <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the second stage</a>, the competition narrowed down to three proposals from: Johan Celsing - Johan Celsing Arkitektkontor (Sweden); Gert Wing&aring;rdh - Wing&aring;rdhs Arkitektkontor (Sweden); and of course, David Chipperfield and Christoph Felger - David Chipperfield Architects Berlin (Germany).</p><p>The Nobel Center will be built to become an architectural representation of the Nobel Prize and serve as a space to promote the Prize's ideals of forward thinking and innovation.</p><p>Here's more detail into the winning design:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>"According to the statement of the jury, the proposed building has an elegant, timeless and attractive external appearance with a clear identity of its own. The revised fa&ccedil;ade design, with its shimmering vertical brass elements and glass, has a l...</p> Berg | C.F. Møller & DinellJohansson propose world’s tallest wooden skyscraper for Stockholm Justine Testado 2013-12-17T18:58:00-05:00 >2013-12-23T18:39:12-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Berg | C.F. M&oslash;ller and DinellJohansson recently won the competition to design a future residential landmark for Stockholm. Hosted by Swedish real estate group HSB, three competing teams were required to propose three innovative residential buildings for three central locations in the city. The winners will work with HSB to develop and build the residential complex by 2023, in time for HSB's 100th anniversary.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Here's a glimpse of Berg | C.F. M&oslash;ller and DinellJohansson's proposals:<br><br><strong>Hagastaden:</strong></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br><br><strong>V&auml;sterbroplan:</strong></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><br> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Fleminggatan:</strong></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> Nobel Center competition shortlists three teams to move on to stage two Justine Testado 2013-11-15T15:22:00-05:00 >2013-11-15T17:25:05-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Three proposals have been chosen to move to the second stage of the architecture competition for the Nobel Center, the new Nobel Prize headquarters in Stockholm. In case you missed our previous post, 11 big-name architects submitted designs under anonymity &mdash; and we asked if you could guess who designed what!</p></em><br /><br /><p> The three shortlisted firms are:</p> <ul><li> A P(a)lace to Enjoy &ndash; Wing&aring;rdh Arkitektkontor, Sweden</li> <li> A Room and a Half &ndash; Johan Celsing Arkitektkontor, Sweden</li> <li> Nobelhuset &ndash; David Chipperfield Architects, Berlin, Germany</li> </ul><p> Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eleven renowned architects present proposals for Stockholm&rsquo;s future Nobel Center</a></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> &uarr; A P(a)lace to enjoy by Wing&aring;rdh Arkitektkontor. Photo &copy; Nobelhuset AB</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> &uarr; A P(a)lace to enjoy by Wing&aring;rdh Arkitektkontor. Photo &copy; Nobelhuset AB</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> &uarr; A Room and a Half &ndash; Johan Celsing Arkitektkontor. Photo &copy; Nobelhuset AB</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> &uarr; A Room and a Half &ndash; Johan Celsing Arkitektkontor. Photo &copy; Nobelhuset AB</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> &uarr; A Room and a Half &ndash; Johan Celsing Arkitektkontor. Photo &copy; Nobelhuset AB</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> &uarr; Nobelhuset &ndash; David Chipperfield Architects. Photo &copy; Nobelhuset AB</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> &uarr; Nobelhuset &ndash; David Chipperfield Architects. Photo &copy; Nobelhuset AB</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> &uarr; Nobelhuset &ndash; David Chipperfield Architects. Photo &copy; Nobelhuset AB</p>... Eleven renowned architects present proposals for Stockholm’s future Nobel Center Justine Testado 2013-10-04T13:46:00-04:00 >2013-11-15T15:25:13-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="780" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The search has begun for the design of the future Nobel Center in the Blasieholmen peninsula in Stockholm. As an architectural representation of the Nobel Prize, the Nobel Center will serve as a space to promote creativity and innovative thinking in finding solutions for the world's major challenges of today and of the future. For stage one, 11 big-name architects submitted their proposals under anonymity to the competition jury on Oct. 3.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Participating Architects:</p> <ul><li> Kim Herforth Nielsen, 3XN Architects, Denmark;</li> <li> Bjarke Ingels, BIG Bjarke Ingels Group A/S, Denmark;</li> <li> David Chipperfield, David Chipperfield Architects, Germany;</li> <li> Johan Celsing, Johan Celsing Arkitektkontor AB, Sweden;</li> <li> Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal, Lacaton &amp; Vassal Architectes, France;</li> <li> Lene Tranberg, Lundgaard &amp; Tranberg Arkitekter A/S, Denmark</li> <li> Marcel Meili and Markus Peter, Marcel Meili, Markus Peter Architekten AG, Switzerland;</li> <li> Rem Koolhaas and Reinier de Graaf, OMA, Netherlands;</li> <li> Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, SANAA, Japan</li> <li> Kjetil Thorsen, Sn&oslash;hetta Oslo A/S, Norway;</li> <li> Gert Wing&aring;rdh, Wing&aring;rdh Arkitektkontor AB, Sweden</li> </ul><p> <strong>UPDATE: </strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nobel Center competition shortlists three teams to move onto stage two</a></p> <p> Can you guess who designed what? Let us know in the comment section below!</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> &uarr; Beyond 1210</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> &uarr; A Room and a Half</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> &uarr; Archipelago</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> &uarr; Landing Seagulls</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> &uarr; Nobel Sphere</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> &uarr; Nobelhuset</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> &uarr; PRI...</p> Summerhouse in Lagnö by Tham & Videgård Arkitekter Justine Testado 2013-08-23T18:11:00-04:00 >2013-08-28T11:41:58-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Need some inspiration as you sketch out that dream summer house? Maybe <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tham &amp; Videg&aring;rd</a>'s Summerhouse project in Lagn&ouml;, Sweden could spark some ideas...<br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br><br><strong>Project description from Bolle Tham and Martin </strong><strong>Videg&aring;rd</strong><strong>:</strong><br><br> Summerhouse Lagn&ouml;</p> <p> "The setting is the Stockholm archipelago, natural ground sloping gently down to the sea in the south, mostly open with a few trees and bushes. Unlike other projects we worked on located on more isolated islands in the archipelago without car access from the mainland, this site was relatively easy to reach also with heavy transports. This, together with the client's desire for a maintenance-free house inspired us to search for a way to design the house as an integral part of nature, where the material's weight and color scale connects to the archipelago granite bedrock, rather than a light light wooden cottage..."<br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br> "The two building volumes are placed side by side and form a line that clarifies their position in the landscape, just at the border where the ...</p> OMA’s Twin Skyscrapers Win Tors Torn Competition in Stockholm Alexander Walter 2013-06-19T14:51:00-04:00 >2013-06-24T21:59:27-04:00 <img src="" width="637" height="800" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>OMA has been announced as winner of the design competition for Tors Torn in Stockholm. The proposed pair of towers with its facetted facade was designed as the third tallest twin skyscrapers in Sweden.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Twelve Architects to Compete to Design Nobel Center in Stockholm Archinect 2013-03-25T19:12:00-04:00 >2013-04-01T19:28:47-04:00 <img src="" width="515" height="210" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>During the winter there has been a selection process to choose the architects who will be invited to participate in the planned architectural competition to design a Nobel Center at Blasieholmen in Stockholm. In total, over 140 architects have been considered by a specially appointed evaluation committee. Of these, 12 have been selected to be invited to the architectural competition.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The Nobel Foundation has announced the following 12 architects selected:</p> <ul><li> Kim Herforth Nielsen &ndash; 3XN, Denmark</li> <li> Bjarke Ingels &ndash; BIG, Denmark</li> <li> David Chipperfield &ndash; David Chipperfield Architects, England/Germany</li> <li> Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Meuron and Ascan Mergenthaler &ndash; Herzog &amp; de Meuron, Switzerland</li> <li> Johan Celsing &ndash; Johan Celsing Arkitektkontor, Sweden</li> <li> Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal &ndash; Lacaton &amp; Vassal Architectes, France</li> <li> Lene Tranberg &ndash; Lundgaard &amp; Tranberg Arkitekter, Denmark</li> <li> Marcel Meili and Markus Peter &ndash; Marcel Meili, Markus Peter Architekten, Switzerland</li> <li> Rem Koolhaas and Reinier de Graaf &ndash; OMA, Netherlands</li> <li> Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa &ndash; SANAA, Japan</li> <li> Kjetil Thorsen &ndash; Sn&oslash;hetta, Norway</li> <li> Gert Wing&aring;rdh &ndash; Wing&aring;rdhs arkitekter, Sweden</li> </ul><p> Within the two-stage competition, the architects' task will be to design the building that will become the new home of the Nobel Prize in Stockholm. The building will house the Nobel Foundation, toge...</p> Mock Firms International Skyscraper Competition 2nd Place Proposal Brian Ng 2011-06-17T02:33:23-04:00 >2011-06-17T14:56:53-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="513" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Mock Firms model aims to help facilitate the formation and function of simulated architectural design firms by collegiate and secondary school students. Entering in its 4th year, the Chicago-based Mock Firms Architectural Competition is already highly regarded on the landscape of student-based design competitions.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Students Brian Ng, Michael Zhang and Grant Cogan of The Danish Institute for Study Abroad and California Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo have taken second place in Chicago Architecture Today&rsquo;s 2011 International Mock Firm Skyscraper Design Challenge with their skyscraper proposal: &ldquo;Reconcile: The Stensta Tower&rdquo;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Below is their concept proposal brief:</p> <p> Skyscrapers today represent social inaccessibility and commercial obsession, completely disengaged from any sense of ethical responsibility. How can the tower, a source of unaccepted scrutiny in Sweden, become good for the people?</p> <p> In reigniting the social question of architecture, how can the tower reconfigure itself into something that reconciles sites of conflict, catalyzing social sustainability?</p> <p> The biggest challenge with designing a skyscraper for the city of Stockholm&nbsp; is the &ldquo;towerphobia&rdquo; of Scandinavia. Any protrusion in the low, homogenous skyline of Stockholm is seen as a display of power; in the past, the ...</p> Fire destroys buildings at Stockholm's School of Architecture a-f 2011-05-04T14:58:10-04:00 >2011-05-04T15:15:58-04:00 <img src="" width="468" height="256" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The fire broke out early Wednesday morning in the institute's architecture school on &Ouml;stermalmsgatan in central Stockholm with the roof of the main lecture hall quickly filling with smoke. Firefighters battled throughout the day to bring the blaze under control and prevent it spreading to other parts of the university's buildings and there are fears that there is a risk of a building collapse.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>