Emporia Mixed-use Development, Malmö Building, Sweden Design, Swedish Architecture
Emporia Malmö, Sweden
Swedish Mixed-use Building in Hyllie design by Wingårdhs Architects
28 Mar 2014 + 3 Jan 2014
This Malmö building was one of our picks from Buildings of 2013 : Architecture of the Year
e-architect’s selection of key architectural developments posted on the site in the last year.
Address: Hyllie Boulevard 19, 215 32 Malmö, Sweden
Phone: +46 40 36 36 00
4 Oct 2013
Emporia in Malmö
WAF Awards 2013 International Completed Building Shopping winner
22 May 2013
Hyllie Mixed-use Building
Location: Hyllie, Malmö, Sweden
Emporia is first and foremost an urban planning project in which offices, housing, and retail come together in a mixed-use development along Boulevarden and Stationsgatan in Hyllie, on the south side of Malmö. The main idea of our winning competition entry was to hide inward-looking retail behind a wreath of residential and commercial buildings. The whole shopping complex would thereby eventually become integrated into the fabric of the city.
It is a huge development, of which only the corner building with the Amber Entrance has yet been completed. This entrance will be the only part of the Emporia shopping center that remains visible when the development is completely built out. The idea of lining the streets with mixed-use buildings demanded a strong form that could attract visitors from Station Square to come in and shop.
A sequence of vaults from a previous competition proposal, along with a memory from the Pantheon, reemerged in a bronze-ochre tone. Double-bent glass encloses the diagonal slit that cuts through the building. Here the weather of the Öresund Strait, its fast-moving clouds chasing glimpses of sun, becomes present and tangible.
The diagonal entrance from Hyllie Station Square leads deep into the block. Inside, retail is organized around a three-story figure eight. Shops are grouped together around boldly colored atriums, each with a different theme. On the north side of the complex, a ramp leads into a rainbow-colored parking garage (for 2500 cars) with direct access to the figure eight. To the east is a surface parking lot (for 500) right outside the supermarket.
The rooftop park is designed as a bit of cultivated nature. Its vegetation (sedum, prairie grass, and trees) and its sun-facing, wind-sheltered patios are accessible from both inside and outside the building. The hills that provide protection from the wind are actually hiding mechanical rooms. In the future the roof will be developed with outdoor dining and a spa facility—like amusement parks, shopping centers need to offer new attractions at regular intervals.
Emporia can expand upward and to the west, but not in any of the other directions. The freestanding residential buildings facing Boulevarden have yet to be built, as do those that will stand atop the podium along Stationsgatan on the south side.
Emporia’s interior challenges established shopping center conventions. Its bold colors and bent sightlines break with the norm, as do the project’s size and ambition—which have made it possible to do custom designs for everything from ceilings, floors, and storefronts to signage, ropes of hanging plants, furniture, and cast glass door handles.
Our motto has been “no intermediate scale”—because that is the realm of the products on display. Large-scale patterns and intricate details characterize the interior. The terrazzo floor is typical of this approach, with its oversized triangular joint pattern, its gradual shift from white to graphite in seven steps, and its flashing inclusions of colored mirror glass. The design has been wrought with extraordinary attention to detail, down to the leather-wrapped handrails and the color of the stitching on the built-in seating.
Emporia also includes a quantity of art seldom seen in a commercial environment. A lighting installation (ninety-nine bollards) by Petteri Nisunen and Tommi Grönlund lifts the Amber Entrance, bronze sculptures by Joep van Lieshout and a glass art piece (4 x 81 m) by Silja Rantanen adorn the Sea Entrance, and a line painting on film at an extremely outsized format (20 x 114 m) by Per Mårtensson clads the façade of the parking garage. On the interior is a series of photos by Signe Maria Andersen.
Emporia – Building Information
Architect: Wingårdhs through, Gert Wingårdh, Johan Eklind and Joakim Lyth
Interior architect: Wingårdhs through, Helena Toresson
Graphic design: Wingårdhs through, Jennie Stolpe
Landscape design: Thyréns AB (Anders Dahl, Pamela Sjöstrand).
Landscape design (roof park): Wingårdhs, Landskapsgruppen Öresund AB (Sofia Hultenberg) and Louise Lundberg
Client: Steen & Ström Sverige AB (Erik Lennhammar)
Site of the building: Hyllie Boulevard 19, Malmö, Sweden
Completion date: Oct 2012
Construction costs: SEK 2,5 billion
Total area in square meters: 207 000 m² (including multi-storey car park) + 27 000 m² roof park
Construction management: Advansia (Ingvar Nohlin)
Structural engineers: Cowi AB (Christian Evertsson, Roberto Caprile)
Geotechnical engineering: Cowi AB (Sven Lind)
Mechanical services and sanitary engineering: ÅF-Infrastruktur AB (Martin Åvall, Ulrik Andersson)
Electrical planning: ÅF-Infrastruktur AB (Hannu Matiasson)
Fire Safety Engineering: ÅF-Installation AB (Peter Johannesson, Johan Borgman)
Traffic planning and management: Tyréns AB (Per Eneroth)
Art curator: Cleas Söderquist
Lighting design: Black Ljusdesign AB (Niklas Ödmann)
Information system: Epsilon
Vertical garden and ropes: Green Fortune (Hans Andersson, Johan Svensson)
Glass facades: Uno Borgstrand AB, Malmö and Fasad Glas, Stockholm
Double curved glass facades: Folcrá, Barcelona and Cricursa, Barcelona
Concrete work: AB Strängbetong
Terrazzo flooring: Herrljunga Terrazzo AB
Parquet flooring: Kasthall
Interior walls: Gyproc,
Interior cladding: Gustafs Panels
Shopfronts glass: UBA, Uno Borgstrand AB
Shopfronts jalousie: Svensk Säkerhet
Metal cassette: Interroc
Corrugated plastic: Interroc
Acoustic ceiling: Ecophon
Products from Örsjö, Fagerhult, Zero, Erco, Pharos, Masterlite, ETC, Flos, Phillips, XAL/Annell, Limburg/Annell, Lighting / Stockholm Lighting Company, Deltalight, Artemide, Hess, BEGA, Encapsulite, Meyer, Insta.de, Foscarini, Tom Dixon, Aldabra, LED Linear, Luxlight, Luce & Light, Alphaled/Projection Lighting
Products from Magis, Gärsnäs, Tom Dixon, Carl Hansen & Søn, Artek, Nola, Offecct, Hay, Emu, Kasthall, Vitra, Habitek, Moroso, Adelta
Interior ironwork and glass-cladding: Fasad Glas, Stockholm
Spiral stair at Flower Court (including glass): Stål och rörmontage i Sölvesborg
Red stair: Östra Vram smides AB
Sanitary equipment: Partab
Construction: Snickarbolaget Uddevalla
Emporia images / information from Wingårdhs
Location: Hyllie Boulevard 19, Malmö, Sweden
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