Eight Leading Architects Envision Future Stockholm at 2019 Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism
In September 2019, Architecture Projects: Skeppsbron—an exhibition commissioned by ArkDes and first presented in Boxen (Stockholm) in Spring 2019—will be on display at the 2019 Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism in Seoul, South Korea. The exhibition highlights the imaginative work of eight of Stockholm’s most talented architects and practices. Pushing the boundaries of architectural representation, each contribution speculatively envisions new uses for Skeppsbron in Stockholm – one of the Swedish capital’s most symbolic yet undervalued inner-city sites.
Architecture Projects: Skeppsbron will form part of the Cities exhibition at the 2019 Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism (SBAU), titled Collective Cities, alongside approximately 80 other participating cities. The exhibition is based on the concept of “cities as a collective consequence”, and SBAU 2019 aims to highlight “cities not only as an aggregated environment but as living, dynamic systems that are constantly changing.”
Participating Architects/Practices in Architecture Projects: Skeppsbron at SBAU 2019
Speculation has always been central to architectural practice, and Architecture Projects celebrates the architect’s ability to make proposals that help us to see the potential of cities in a new light. Through drawings and written statements, this edition of the exhibition reveals the beauty, depth and imaginative capacity of Swedish architecture today.
Historically, Skeppsbron (central Stockholm) has been one of the city’s most vibrant commercial centres. As Stockholm’s oldest quay, Skeppsbron and Skeppsbrokajen has a unique history as the ‘storefront’ of Sweden: a hub for the import and export of goods, a marketplace, a thoroughfare, and a metaphorical bridge between the city and the rest of Europe. Between people, ideas and goods, this was Stockholm’s foremost site of exchange.
Although it stands today as a defining image of the capital, it is currently dominated by car parking and underused public space, and there is no clear vision for how this area could be used in the future. By bringing the artistic methods and skill of eight talented architects and practices into focus, this exhibition aims to spark discussion about possible futures for Skeppsbron—and other sites like it—as an architectural, symbolic, public landscape.
“ArkDes is committed to showcasing talent and ideas from Sweden in the world. We are enormously proud to be presenting the work of some of Stockholm’s most talented architects and architecture practices at such an important international event”, says Kieran Long (Director, ArkDes).
Architecture Projects: Skeppsbron at ArkDes has been curated by James Taylor-Foster, Curator of Contemporary Architecture and Design, and was on display in Boxen between April 26th and June 9th, 2019.
The Cities exhibition of the 2019 Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism has been curated by Dongwoo Kim and Rafael Luna. It is on display at Donuimun Museum Village (Dongdaemun Design Plaza), Seoul Hall of Urbanism & Architecture, between September 7th and November 10th, 2019.
About Architecture Projects
Architecture Projects is a rapid-response platform for architects to engage with the city, responding to broader discussions in which architecture has a central role. The project offers space for architects and practices of differing size and experience to be visionary: to speculate, consider and imagine the role of the architectural project in affecting different scales – from that of the interior to that of the city.
Interviews and more info:
Curator of Contemporary Architecture and Design, ArkDes
+46 (0)72-386 30 32
ArkDes is Sweden’s national centre for architecture and design. It is a museum, a study centre and an arena for debate and discussion about the future of architecture, design and citizenship.