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Norra Tornen in Stockholm, Sweden

Housing Development in Sweden design by OMA / Reinier de Graaf

8 Nov 2018

Norra Tornen Stockholm

Design: OMA / Reinier de Graaf

Location: Torsplan 8, 113 65 Stockholm, Sweden

Norra Tornen Housing in Stockholm

OMA / Reinier de Graaf’s Innovationen Tower has opened to the press this morning in the presence of OMA Partner Reiner de Graaf, Oscar Engelbert, CEO of Oscar Properties, Karin Björnsdotter Wanngård, Mayor of Stockholm, Torleif Falk, Stockholm’s City Architect and Ines Coppoolse, the Ambassador of the Netherlands to Sweden.

Norra Tornen in Stockholm Sweden

The Innovationen Tower is the first completed building of the two Norra Tornen residential towers designed by OMA / Reinier de Graaf and located in Hagastaden, a new district in the north of Stockholm developed around the Karolisnka Institute, which awards the Nobel Prize in Medicine.

Norra Tornen in Stockholm Sweden

Norra Tornen’s design is the expression of a modular system of precast exposed concrete elements. They articulate in a composition of alternating bay windows and recessed terraces – a tribute to Brutalist architecture, which, according to architecture critic Reyner Banham, was invented in Sweden.

With a wall-to-floor ratio coming close to 1 the design would have probably discouraged most developers (for a tower, it rarely goes above 0.5). However, in a country with scarce daylight for half of the year, extra square meters of windows and multiple orientations for each apartment become a precious asset. All apartments have been sold before construction broke ground.

Norra Tornen in Stockholm Sweden

Reinier de Graaf: “The Norra Tornen project represents a milestone achievement for us: the culmination of an ongoing effort by our office to create the next generation of modern housing typologies, creating the largest possible variety from a limited number of (prefabricated) elements, allowing the usual formalism of the apartment tower to give way to individuality, domesticity… and perhaps even humanism.”

Norra Tornen in Stockholm Sweden

The Innovationen Tower comprises 182 units ranging from 44 sqm one-bedroom apartments to a 271 sqm penthouse on the top floor. The residential units are complemented by a cinema room, a dinner room for parties and celebrations, a guest apartment, a gym with a sauna and a relaxation area. At a height of 125 meters, the tower is the highest residential building in Stockholm’s city center. The Helix Tower is due to be completed at the end of 2019 and will include 138 units, plus amenities.

Norra Tornen in Stockholm Sweden

In a city center with a housing stock largely built before the Second World War, the two towers introduce a new way of living which increases the city’s density while giving residents the possibility to enjoy outdoor space (Stockholm ranks fourth among the cities with the highest air quality in the European Union).

Norra Tornen in Stockholm Sweden

Norra Tornen is the result of a land allocation competition held by the City of Stockholm in 2013, won by Oscar Properties. The project was led by Reinier de Graaf, with Alex de Jong, Michel van de Kar and Roza Matveeva.

Norra Tornen in Stockholm Sweden

The inauguration of Norra Tornen is part of a one day event that includes the opening of BIG’s 79&Park, also commissioned by Oscar Properties, and a public debate at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology between Reinier de Graaf and Bjarke Ingels about the current status of architecture.

Norra Tornen in Stockholm Sweden

Norra Tornen, Stockholm – Building Information

Architects: OMA
Timeline: Competition: 2013, Construction start: December 2015, Occupancy: September 2018
Client: Oscar Properties
Address: Torsplan 8, 113 65 Stockholm, Sweden
Program: 320 apartments, Retail

Partner in Charge: Reinier de Graaf

Norra Tornen in Stockholm Sweden

Associate: Alex de Jong Team: Philippe Braun, Diana Cristobal, Roza Matveeva, Edward Nicholson, Peter Rieff, Carolien Schippers

Associate: Alex de Jong Team: Alexander Giarlis, Timur Karimullin, Vladimir Konovalov, Edward Nicholson, Victor Nyman, Vitor Oliveira, Cecilia Del Pozo, John Paul Pacelli, Peter Rieff, Carolien Schippers

Design Development
Associates in charge: Alex de Jong, Michel van de Kar Team: Isa Olson Ehn, Tobias Jewson, Edward Nicholson, Peter Rieff, Silvia Sandor, Lukasz Skalec, Jonathan Telkamp

Norra Tornen in Stockholm Sweden

Structural Engineer: Arup
Mechanical Engineer: Arup
Façade Engineer: Arup Façade Engineering
Local Engineer: Sweco
Fire Safety: Tyréns AB
Acoustics: ACAD
Fire Safety: Tyréns
Code consultants: Tengbom

Norra Tornen is OMA’s first built project in Sweden. Norra Tornen is currently the highest residential building in Stockholm’s city center.

Competition: 2013
Groundbreaking (Innovationen): December 2015
Groundbreaking (Helix): December 2016
Completion (Innovationen): December 2018
Occupancy (Innovationen): September 2018
Occupancy (Helix): Beginning 2020

Two residential towers: Helix and Innovationen
320 apartments 24,555 m²
Retail 961 m²
Services 895 m²
Technical spaces 2,300m²

Plot Area (Helix): 575 m²
Plot Area (Innovationen): 660 m²

Net floor area (Helix): 14,039 m²
Net floor area (Innovationen): 17,787 m²
Net floor area (total): 31,826 m²

Gross floor area (Helix): 18,820 m²
Gross floor area (Innovationen): 23,479 m²
Gross floor area (total): 42,299 m²

Height (Helix): 110 m (32 floors)
Height (Innovationen): 125 m (36 floors)

Apartment types (Helix):
One-bedroom apartment: 1
Two-bedroom apartments: 21
Three-bedroom apartments: 74
Four-bedroom apartments: 36
Five-bedroom apartments: 4
Six-bedroom apartments: 2 Total: 138

Apartment types (Innovationen):
Two-bedroom Apartments: 65
Three-bedroom apartments: 63
Four-bedroom apartments: 40
Five-bedroom apartments: 10
Six-bedroom apartments: 2
Seven-bedroom apartments: 2
Total: 182

Façade: Colored concrete ribbed façade, brushed with an exposed multi-colored aggregate pebble mix

Apartment prices
Helix Tower: SEK 5,000,000–45,000,000 (575,000–4,300,000 EUR) Innovation Tower: SEK 5,950,000–66,000,000 (572,000–6,350,000 EUR)

Norra Tornen in Stockholm Sweden

Photograph by Laurian Ghinitoiu, Courtesy of OMA

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Location: Torsplan 8, 113 65 Stockholm, Sweden

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