Popular Swedish market hall the recipient of international award
The Temporary Market Hall on Östermalmstorg in Stockholm wins the Architizer A+ Award in the Commercial Retail category, in competition with over 100 projects. Swedish architecture firm Tengbom shows itself as a force to be reckon with internationally.
Architizer is one of the biggest and fastest growing architectural platforms in the world. Naturally, we are very honoured and happy to be awarded the Architizer A+ Award, Prize of the Jury, in the Commercial Retail category, in this fierce competition. The award ceremony is on May 11th.
The Temporary Market Hall on Östermalmstorg was inaugurated in April 2016 and has since become very popular with traders and consumers, as well as with domestic and international press. It has been awarded well known Swedish design award Design S and was shortlisted for the The European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award.
Historically, Östermalmstorg in Stockholm has been a natural location for trade stalls and the sale of fresh produce, until this was prohibited by the city's management for reasons of hygiene and administration. In 1888, the new market hall stood on the corner of Humlegårdsgatan and Nybrogatan, a trading location of the most modern kind. But the years passed and 128 years later, Östermalm market hall was in dire need of upgrading and development. Throughout the reconstruction, the city of Stockholm decided to erect a temporary building where business could continue, without the traders and their regular customers being affected too much.
Tengbom’s work, both with the temporary market hall and with the upgrading and renovation of the old one, contributes to the increased vitality of the area. Traders, customers and residents will all benefit. We see here the benefit of good architecture. Tengbom wants to be part of creating an inclusive and sustainable society in which respectful urban planning, holistic solutions and architecture all contribute to a better life for everyone.
Entries were received from over 100 countries, and Tengbom’s work truly represents the best of architecture worldwide, says Marc Kushner, CEO, Architizer.
Temporary and experimental architectural solutions contribute to the city’s development and often provide unexpected positive effects, such as increased trade, new clientele and vitality. We would also like to mention the city of Stockholm’s courage, daring to invest in the big picture with such a project, says Mark Humphreys, the architect in charge of the project.