ABOUT
competition
wood
public
office
housing
Domkyrkoforum
Lund, Sweden

The site of the new cathedral forum is central Lund, in direct connection to the cathedral itself.

Ekhagen
Jönköping
Årstafältet
Stockholm
Södertälje
Södertälje

Södertälje Central Station has a rich history of transformations that has resulted in the singular open square that characterizes it.

Glasfabriken
Virkesvägen, Stockholm
Hubba
Kvillepiren, Gothenburg
Essinge Dwellings
Lilla Essingen, Stockholm

The building is beautifully located on the waterfront at Lilla Essingen.

Spa in Höör
Höör

The new relax section is located on a slope between an existing courtyard and a nature area with oak trees that are a hundred years old.

Highrise in Wood
The Forest of Venice
Venice, Italy

The exhibition Forests of Venice is shown in Serra dei Giardini, in the greenhouse from 1894, located between the two main venues of La Biennale di Venezia: Il Giardini and Arsenale.

Kulturhuset i Skellefteå

We propose a house with a generosity in the common areas, a house that invites to spontaneous meetings and leaves room for the citizen’s initiatives to take shape.

Maritim Museum

The new Maritime museum is a building that is based on a building type: The shipyard building – a building type that is functional and historically associated with the museum’s contents.

Massive Wood House

The aim is to create a wood house of massive wood that on its own or as a part of a group can become an integrated part of the natural and cultural landscape.

Sidöparken Family Houses
Sidöparken, Sweden

PROJECT NAME
Domkyrkoforum

YEAR OF CONSTRUCTION
2010-2011

LOCATION
Domkyrkoplatsen in Lund

CLIENT
Domkyrkrådet i Lund

ARCHITECT
Carmen Izquierdo

PROJECT MANAGERS
Carmen Izquierdo
Andreas Hiller

COLLABORATING ARCHITECTS
Andreas Hiller
Andreas Hermansson
Erik Törnkvist
Isabel Gonzaga
Malin Belfrage

LANDSCAPE
Domkyrkoforum: Carmen Izquierdo Arkitektkontor AB
Domkyrkoplatsen: Ateljé Landskap

PHOTOGRAPHY
Åke E:son Lindman

ART INSTALLATION
Den gyllene cirkeln by Anita Christoffersson

GROSS AREA
New Building: 1617 sqm
Renovation: 883 sqm

The site of the new cathedral forum is central Lund, in direct connection to the cathedral itself. On the site is situated the existing “Arken” house, which is a building of historical value.

The new building aims to integrate itself in the urban fabric in a natural way, by adapting to the scale and lines of the surrounding cityscape. At the same time our vision has been to create a contemporary building that adds a new layer to the many historic layers that characterize the urban environment of central Lund.

The shape of the building creates new adjacent public spaces: The entrance plaza towards Kyrkogatan street, the entrance passage facing the cathedral, and a triangular square towards Kungsgatan street. In addition to the welcoming exterior spaces an internal atrium is created, as well as an interior courtyard, shaped by the existing and the new building.

The central public space in the building is the entrance hall that is reached from both entrances. The entrance hall is formed as a meeting space; a general and generous which can hold various activities like reception, exhibitions and a cafe. A two-story atrium allows daylight to enter from above, while visually integrating the public spaces with the congregational facilities on the second story. The auditorium is conceived as a unique space, with its skylight pointing up towards the cathedral towers.

The exterior is a simple yet characteristic volumes, its lines playing with the surrounding buildings. Towards Kyrkogatan street the roof lines of the Arken house are continued over the entrance plaza. Towards the cathedral the entrance is signaled by the characteristic skylight.

The facade of the building is made of a brass alloy, a natural material that ages with a rich and living texture, allowing the building to age into its surroundings; at the inauguration it shimmers like gold, but in a couple of years it will have oxidized into a deep and matte bronze color.

The interior of the building is cast in concrete with form of wooden boards. The massive and heavy character of the material is balanced by the play of light in the interior spaces.

PROJECT NAME
Ekhagen

PROJECT TYPE
Permit competition, student housing with associated public spaces

YEAR OF CONSTRUCTION
2020-21

LOCATION
Jönköping

CLIENT
Urbanproperties + Laborma

ARCHITECT
Carmen Izquierdo, Mariano Tellechea

COLLABORATORS
Adrien Rouchet
Ingrid Westemark
Ivona Ailenei
Paula Ibiricu Ochoa

BUILDING AREA
Total bostäder 14.376 sqm
Total vistelseyta: 11.760 sqm

NR. OF APARTMENTS
320

PROJECT NAME
Årstafältet

PROJECT TYPE
Bostäder

LOCATION
Stockholm

CLIENT
Svenska Hus

ARCHITECT
Carmen Izquierdo, Mariano Tellechea

COLLABORATORS
Adrien Rouchet
Florian Bouquet

BUILDING AREA
2300 sqm

NR. OF APARTMENTS
29

PROJECT NAME
Södertälje

PROJECT TYPE
Tävling. Parallellt uppdrag

STATUS
Koncept

LOCATION
Södertälje

CLIENT
SSL Trafikförvaltning

ARCHITECT
Carmen Izquierdo, Mariano Tellechea

COLLABORATORS
Adrien Rouchet
Paula Ibiricu Ochoa
Eva Seijas

BUILDING AREA
Total pavilion 188 sqm
Total public space 1,200 sqm

Södertälje Central Station has a rich history of transformations that has resulted in the singular open square that characterizes it. The square is framed by the train platforms and two old station buildings that once served as waiting rooms. The fourth side is open towards the street with a buss hub, and the city´s Central Park.

The new pavilion stretches as an ’L’ along the square’s southeast corner with its sweeping roof. It meets the train tracks in its entire front while defining an outdoor space together with the original station building. The pavilion receives both train and buss passengers from the different levels that it connects, as it provides with shelter and seating for the passers-by. Thus is the station’s square transformed in a sequence of urban spaces and the area between the pavilion and the existing buildings get a unified character and becomes an outdoor waiting room.

The square complements with benches, an sculpture that invites to play, and greenery in-between the existing trees. This offers a wide variety of “meeting while waiting” situations: seating outside, under a roof or the sky, seating inside with a broad view of the surroundings or simply playing with the inviting sculpture. A given meeting place in the centre of the everyday action.

The pavilion´s public functions are transparent and easily spotted from around the station. They include a ticket selling office, and a generous waiting room centrally located. From there, through the transparent facades, it is possible to look at the trains, the busses, the park, and the passage connecting the two levels. At the same time, it conveys light and social presence to the street and the square, specially at night and during winter. The pavilion houses even other secondary functions to support both the train transit as the bus operations such as resting rooms, back offices, changing rooms for the employees, as well as storage and cleaning services.

The pavilion’s design derives from the historical Swedish train platform canopy first installed in the 1920´s. It departs from the canopy’s geometry and material and develops it with a contemporary execution and modern woodworking techniques. The linear traditional canopy with freestanding columns evolves through repetition in a pavilion that sweeps over a larger area and outlines characteristic spaces, while keeping the canopy’s spatiality.

The structure consists of columns, arched beams and roof slab boards of cross laminated timber which’s surface is treated with a silicon based impregnation to keep it exposed. The timber surface gets accentuated and grants a living expression.
Aside from the evident sustainable advantages of building with wood, the cross laminated timber with its sterling quality, structural qualities and light weight suits perfectly this kind of public environment. Its production is simple, with a high prefabrication degree, which allows for adaptations directly from factory with a extraordinary precision and detailing.

PROJECT NAME
Glasfabriken

YEAR OF CONSTRUCTION
Om- och tillbyggnad 2019-20

LOCATION
Virkesvägen, Stockholm

CLIENT
Svenska Hus AB

ARCHITECT
Carmen Izquierdo, Mariano Tellechea

COLLABORATORS
Adrien Rouchet
Ivona Ailenei
Paula Ibiricu Ochoa
Eva Seijas
Florian Bouquet

BUILDING AREA
Total 8490 sqm
Tillbyggnad Kontor 3407 sqm
Ombyggnad Radhus 640 sqm
Ombyggnad Övrigt 4443 sqm

PROJECT NAME
Hubba

PROJECT TYPE
Offentlig byggnad

YEAR OF CONSTRUCTION
2018- (upskjutet)

LOCATION
Kvillepiren, Göteborg

CLIENT
Älvstrandens utveckling

ARCHITECT TEAM
Selgas Cano + Esencial:
José Selgas
Lucía Cano
Mariano Tellechea
Carmen Izquierdo

CONSTRUCTION
IDI genom Darío Galante Bardin

COLLABORATORS
Paolo Tringali
Juan José Muñoz del Val
Adrien Rouchet
Eva Seijas

BUILDING AREA
Total 400 sqm

PROJECT NAME
Essinge Dwellings

STATUS
Concept

CLIENT
Oscar Properties Bygg

ARCHITECT
Carmen Izquierdo

GROSSAREA
3000 sqm

NR. OF APARTMENTS
22

NR. OF COMERCIAL FACILITIES
2

The building is beautifully located on the waterfront at Lilla Essingen.

The floor plan is designed as an assembly of four simple buildings. These are turned and aligned along the street and the promenade, creating a pentagonal and quiet courtyard whose fifth side is the opening towards the park and the view.

The building has six floors facing Primusgatan and seven floors facing the water. It has a main entrance on Primusgatan through which one reaches the house’s two stairwells, and it has two entrances on the courtyard in the lower level, one of which continues and also opens onto the promenade.

The floor plan is designed so that all rooms are connected to the outer facade, so that they receive light and have a view on several sides.

The building’s facade is thought to be built in brick. The facade’s exterior includes a series of thin vertical pilasters a brick’s width. The pilasters extend from the point where the building meets the ground through a low base up to the house’s rooftop, made with the same bricks.

The facade’s surface is slightly indented between the pilasters. The facade openings fit into the pilaster openings with a vertical proportion. The windows are withdrawn from the brick exterior, thus amplifying the effect of niches and reliefs in the facade. The balconies are built into the building’s body and completed with steel railings.

PROJECT NAME
Spa in Höör

PROJECT TYPE
Invited Competition

STATUS
Sketch

ARCHITECT
Carmen Izquierdo

GROSS AREA
1100sqm

The new relax section is located on a slope between an existing courtyard and a nature area with oak trees that are a hundred years old.

The building is designed as a beautiful and tactile background, and adds a fourth façade to the existing courtyard. A wall made of stones that are intermittently stacked to create a base relief that invites the touch and creates a play of shadowsin the differing light during the day.
Above the wall there are characteristically cylinder shaped roof lanterns, and the existing tree tops of the oak trees.

In front of the spa entrance and also as a part of the courtyard’s outer circle, a new space opens up – a small courtyard that is separated by a softly shaped wall. A perforated wall with the same stacking system as the building façade, but made with holes between the stones.

In the interior three different settings are created with the help of a soft geometry with curved walls, circular courtyards around the existing trees and roof lanterns. An interior that is full of character where defined spaces are created, while at the same time giving you the feeling of a floating room, as you move along the inviting shapes and around the conserved natural spaces. The central terrace both divides and ties the building’s pool section and relax sections together. By opening up its glazed façades you get a feeling of being outside on warm summer days.

The circular shape is used to create collective rooms and integrate the existing oak trees into the building and also to lead the way in the spatial experience. Carefully chosen openings in the façade create clear views from the different rooms. Openings designed to divert your gaze allow you to admire the view from a distance. Smooth white marble floors interact with concrete surfaces, jointless tile walls and wood finishing, as well as water, glazed surfaces and nature – all under the indirect lighting from the ceilings and courtyards.

PROJECT NAME
Highrise in Wood

STATUS
Sketch

CLIENT
Folkhem

ARCHITECT
Carmen Izquierdo

STRUCTURAL ENGINEER
Frida Tjernberg

GROSS AREA
12000 sqm

BUILDING HEIGHT
20 floors

NR. OF APARTMENTS
100

PROJECT NAME
The Forest of Venice

YEAR OF CONSTRUCTION
2016

LOCATION
Serra dei Giardini

CLIENT
Swedish Institute
Kjellander + Sjöberg Architects
Folkhem

CURATOR
Jan Åman

EXHIBITION AND INSTALLATION DESIGN
Kjellander + Sjöberg Architects

EXHIBITORS
Architects Without Borders Sweden,
Arrhov Frick Arkitektkontor,
Carmen Izquierdo Arkitektkontor,
In Praise of Shadows Architects,
DinellJohansson Architects,
Horn.Uggla Landscape Architects,
URBIO Landskapsarkitektur

WITH THE SUPPORT OF
Svensk Trä /Swedish Wood
Sveaskog
Martinsons

The exhibition Forests of Venice is shown in Serra dei Giardini, in the greenhouse from 1894, located between the two main venues of La Biennale di Venezia: Il Giardini and Arsenale. Seven selected architectural practices – Architects Without Borders Sweden, Arrhov Frick, Carmen Izquierdo, DinellJohansson, Horn.Uggla, In Praise of Shadows, and Urbio – explore how classical Venetian architectural and urban elements can be reinterpreted and translated into new strategies for our time, using wood as the material driving the enquiry.

The start point is a typical plan structure of the venetian palace on the “piano nobile”.

The “Sala del portego” is the principal hall of the palazzo, running the depth of the house, opened towards the facade of the canal and the facade of the inner courtyard with a portico of vertical openings often decorated with fretwork, and originally unglazed. From the “portego” you reach the living rooms along both sides. It is common until the end of the XVIII century that the use of these rooms is flexible, and adaptable with help of the furniture “mobile”, that could be arranged differently accommodating different uses in the same room.

It´s striking how today´s search for a flexible use of spaces, limited by functionalisms specificity and optimized dimensions, can find a parallel in the architecture of the venetian palace. We embrace the flexibility of the original structure and propose the transformation of the “piano nobile” of the venetian palazzo into the communitarian space of the “new Venice”. Opening a courtyard towards the sky in the middle of the plan, creates a centripetal force that changes the directionality of the two faced plan at the same time that introduces a nice gradient of light filtered through the inner gardens vegetation. In this way the sequential character of the portego is extended to the hole space, in all directions, even towards the sky.

The bidirectional character of the portego is turned cartesian, transforming the hierarchical room sequence, from the most public to the most private, into an equally public sequence in its extension. The filtering screen of the exterior is segmented and repeated within. The mysterious nature of the venetian screen becomes a part of the space itself.Deconstructing the geometry of the gothic fretwork, its symmetries, juxtaposition, repetition, … in different layers of simpler geometry; and distributing them into the regular grid of the plan, we get a delicate and slender hypostyle structure. A structure with an organic character by simply using a repeated curved element framed between verticals. An element that has a stabilizing roll within the framework, and that by repetition, and rotation, is generating an abstract representation of the forest, even more reliable than the one in the referenced original fretwork.

How are the spaces for “the collective” of tomorrow´s communities? What kind of common spaces is the future Venice offering its citizens? In the belief that sharing and creating a common culture are keys to participation, social interaction and integration in times of mass migration, we suggest a place to gather for cultural and community activities. A building that embodies communitarian identity. That could have the role of the churches in Venice once had, that of gathering the community together and generating participation, involvement and a sense of collective. In this case, a non religious building, a hybrid between a community and a cultural center, where public information takes place, as well as all kinds of community initiated cultural activities: Food, art, music, dance, theater, etc…

The construction of the cultural center is a community action , the pieces of the building are prefabricated and easy to put together. A showcase of “file to factory” wooden architecture that we can make today. The spaces that it offers evokes the spaces of Venice´s palazzo architecture, the simple plan structure of the Portego with adjacent rooms at the same time that the fretwork of the filtering screen gets translated into a hypostyle hall , a sort of abstraction of the forest . The mysterious nature of the venetian screen becomes a part of the space itself.

PROJECT NAME
Kulturhuset i Skellefteå

PROJECT TYPE
Competition

STATUS
Concept

LOCATION
Skellefteå, Sweden

CLIENT
Municipality of Skellefteå

ARCHITECT TEAM
Carmen Izquierdo Arkitektkontor AB:
Carmen Izquierdo

Nyréns Arkitektkontor AB:
Annika Lennman, Architect
Ernesto Garcia, Interior Architect
Daniel Ericsson, Landscape Architect

COLLABORATING ARCHITECTS
Carmen Izquierdo Arkitektkontor AB:
Måns Björnskär
Arvid Forsberg
Sara Omar
Anders Stenholm

Nyréns Arkitektkontor AB:
Andreu Taberner
Fredrica Sällstrom

PROGRAM
Culture House: 11800 sqm
Hotel: 10600 sqm

We propose a house with a generosity in the common areas, a house that invites to spontaneous meetings and leaves room for the citizen’s initiatives to take shape. A house with a flexibility in the design of the premises, that provides endless opportunities for creative, parallel activities and activity development. A house where everyone is welcome and where Skellefteå residents can express their imagination.

The new culture house building is situated between Kanalgatan, Järnvägsgatan, Trädgårdsgatan and Torggatan.

This large program is organized within an articulated volume that consists of several buildings assembled in one whole. A new square area “Kulture Torget / Culture Square” is built south of the Culture House, designed with a paved surface divided into two defined areas, a garden area enclosed by a sitting bench, and an ice rink that, in the summertime, can be used as a stage.

The building is designed exteriorly as an an ensemble of volumes with a clear coherent look. A crimped geometry and an exciting and distinctive roof profile give the building an integrated and clear presence in the city. At the same time, the building is adapted in scale and form to the different urban situations, so that it becomes a natural part of the city from where one meets it.

The building’s character is created by the combination of solid wood details and the facade’s geometry. The crimped geometry returns on a larger scale, in the whole volume’s shape, and in the house’s actual surface. A movement which, together with Skellefteå’s northern light, creates soft shadow effects on the house’s body and a richness and variety in its appearance.

The building’s interior is designed with a visible frame of laminated construction and cross-laminated wood panels, which are organized in a regular grid, on a general plan. Inside it are the Stage rooms and the atrium, from which stairs and elevators extend, resolving the vertical connection.

The program is organized in the building according to the two main directions available on the site. From north to south, the Hotel is placed closest to the station and the arriving visitors. Followed by the Guest Stage / Congress Hall and Västerbotten theater’s stages and foyers in the central part of the building. The library, Culture House workplaces, and art galleries are placed closest to Kanalgatan.

From west to east, a gradation from public to non-public activities is created. Along Trädgårdsgatan, an interior street is created, connecting the flow from the inner city with the flows from the railway and giving access to all the activities in the house. Loading areas, janitorial areas and staff entrances are organized along Torggatan, which allows separate internal communications inside the building.

PROJECT NAME
Maritim Museum

PROJECT TYPE
Competition

STATUS
Sketch

LOCATION
Tungevågen, Randaberg,
Norway

ARCHITECT
Carmen Izquierdo

GROSS AREA
2500 sqm

The new Maritime museum is a building that is based on a building type: The shipyard building – a building type that is functional and historically associated with the museum’s contents.

The shipyard building consists of a composition of building naves with generous interior heights and a structure that can be used length-wise in the angle of the row’s span roof but also across through possible extensions out into the side nave. That way it creates a roomy context with clear qualities and adds relevance as a general container for the Maritime learning centre program.

The traditional structure and shape is processed through extension, shifting, bending and faceting of the volume. The shape strategy creates a dynamic and place-specific broken down building shape. Building proportions refer to the location’s building scale and dimensions, with gables that are 10 meters wide and have a maximum height of 11 meters.

The varying volume forms a number of outer rooms around it in relation to the landscape. The outer room details that have been created are intended to be used as an extension of the exhibition’s exterior, where a connection with the adjacent harbor is also created.

Like some fishes have biologically adapted their exterior to become invisible through reflection, the building’s materiality on the border of sea and land can be incorporated into the landscape through a reflective metallic skin.

The effect of the metal reflection that is strived for is to softly dissolve the volume into the landscape, as if we are referring to a water reflection, and extend the landscape’s color scheme in its facades. The building’s expression thereby changes with the daylight and seasons.

PROJECT NAME
Massive Wood House

PROJECT TYPE
Competition

STATUS
Concept

LOCATION
Type house adaptable to different topography and places

ARCHITECT
Carmen Izquierdo

GROSS AREA
125 – 160 sqm

The aim is to create a wood house of massive wood that on its own or as a part of a group can become an integrated part of the natural and cultural landscape.

When we designed these contemporary model houses we chose an extended design that conveys lightness in the building volume. The houses are given a clear direction and a verticality of organization that allows the rooms to take part of the landscape and view in different ways. The volume is generous, flexible, airy and light.

Massive wood panels are rigid across and durable, while not weighing much. This allows for large spans as well as rational methods for quick assembly.

The house’s structural principles are two load-bearing side facades and stabilizing full length façade and roof elements. The large span makes it possible to create open and continuous rooms that are suitable to today’s housing, where the multifunctional and large open surface is viewed as an excellent quality.

The interior living space is organized on the ground floor around the conservatory in the entrance hall, which holds everything from kitchen plants to beautiful decorative plants and small trees. Along the side-façade the stairs go up towards the bedrooms and den. Glazed fronts facing the landscape and view open up from the family room as well as from the bedroom and den. The illustrated room division is one of several possible configurations.

On the exterior we have chosen to allow the cross-laminated wood element clearly contribute to the house’s visual effect, where the tectonically folded geometry of the facades give the building its shape. Small dislocations in the side façade between elements, and a framing of the house’s horizontal row of windows create a simple yet expressive detail.

The roof is wooden paneled in the traditional Swedish manner. A drain gutter in the roof valley is created in galvanized sheet metal and is extended out of the building as water dispensers. The wood surface of the façade is oiled and when the houses are repeated as a suite we suggest different shades in the wood’s natural color scheme.

PROJECT NAME
Sidöparken Family Houses

STATUS
Concept
Buiding permit drawings

PROJECT TYPE
Family houses on a sloping ground

PLACE
Sidöparken. Strängnäs

CLIENT
Folkhem

ARCHITECT
Carmen Izquierdo

COLLABORATING ARCHITECTS
Anton Bogårdh
Sara Omar

NR OF HOUSES
10

GROSS AREA
1970 sqm