© Frans Parthesius

Norra Tornen

How does one make a project from ingredients one is usually keen to avoid? What repertoire should be invoked when (modern) architecture's most instant reflexes: asymmetry, prismatic volumes and smooth exteriors instantly prove impossible?

The two inherited building envelopes, each a kind of 'crescendo' composition of different heights - neither slab nor tower - prohibit the unfolding of an uncompromised typology. Conversely, the opted program: apartments with an emphasis on large outdoor spaces, prevents too literal a translation of the envelopes into architectural form.