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New School of Architecture wins 2015 Kasper Salin-prize

Thursday, 19 November 2015
The School of Architecture on the KTH Campus in Stockholm was selected as the winner of the prestigious Kasper Salin Award at the Architecture Gala today. The building was built by Akademiska Hus in collaboration with KTH and the architect firm was Tham & Videgård.

The Architecture Gala is the largest meeting place in the Nordic countries for architecture and the winner of the Kasper Salin prize, the oldest and most renowned prize in the built environment industry, was announced during the latter part of the gala. Four buildings were nominated and the new School of Architecture was awarded the prize.

The jury’s verdict:
“The School of Architecture has been added to the city as a new layer and an expression of time, thereby improving the whole and enhancing the historically interesting environment. The 2015 Kasper Salin Prize goes to an uncompromisingly contemporary building. It takes its point of departure from its surroundings and relates to it, clear in its own character as an addition among cultural buildings.”

Since 1970 the School of Architecture has been   based outside the KTH Campus.  The ultra-modern new building provides architecture students with a residence on campus for the first time. The new School of Architecture includes studios, design rooms, offices, group rooms and computer rooms. An open hall in the centre of the building serves as a meeting place and exhibition area.
The open-plan design rooms feature a 360-degree view and the space can potentially be divided into smaller units. A recessed penthouse at the top of the building offers access to roof terraces with views out over KTH and the urban environment to the south.

“We are extremely pleased to have been chosen for this prestigious award. The new School of Architecture building truly stands up for itself and stands out on the KTH Campus, at the same time that it is nicely integrated with its distinguished neighbouring buildings. We are extremely proud of our School of Architecture, a brash yet cool little sister to its 100-year-old big brother,” says Sten Wetterblad, Regional Director for Akademiska Hus Stockholm region.

The Kasper Salin Prize was established in 1962 by the Swedish Association of Architects and is awarded annually to a Swedish building or group of buildings of high architectural standards.

Facts School of Architecture 

  • Developer: Akademiska Hus
  • Contractor: PEAB
  • Architect: Tham & Videgård.
  • Construction start 2012
  • Completion: Autumn term 2015
  • Tenant: KTH School of Architecture
  • Activities: Architecture education and entrance area
  • Gross floor space: 14,300 square metres
  • City: Stockholm
  • Campus: KTH Campus