Tham & Videgård wins competition to design the exhibition building for the military academy in Stockholm
The Swedish firm Tham & Videgård Arkitekter has won a competition to design a new cadet office building for the Karlberg Military Academy in Stockholm. In dialogue with the historical context and the park from the 17th century, the project is conceived as a neat, square structure with concave facades surrounding the area. Through its rhythm and proportions, the design reflects the classic architecture of the nearby palace and shows a strict aesthetic that creates a timeless image.
Karlberg Castle, built in 1630, was converted into a military academy in 1792 and the castle park opened to the public. Inspired by the historic site, Tham & Videgård Arkitekter designed the exhibition building as a compact volume with symmetrical planimetry. More than dining rooms, exhibition rooms are an essential part of the military training environment as they provide a necessary space for socializing. In this sense, the project with its peristyle-like column arrangement creates a dialogue with the environment and at the same time forms outdoor meeting points.
The internet configuration of the two-story building is organized along an east-west axis that connects two main entrances. The canteen is located on the south side, in relation to an outdoor dining area, while the kitchen and logistics rooms are located to the north. The double height of the hall makes it possible to increase the capacity of the room in the future by adding a mezzanine. On the second level there are offices and meeting rooms as well as an inner courtyard.
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The project is expected to be completed in 2024. Tham & Videgård Arkitekter previously worked in historical contexts and designed the new School of Architecture on the KTH campus in Stockholm.