Kuggen by Wingårdh Arkitektkontor

wingårdh arkitektkontor kuggen

wingårdh arkitektkontor: kuggen

Do you like round things? Things like donuts or wagon wheels or the Hirshhorn Museum? I’m warming up to round things. In particular, this office in Sweden that has some of the most saturated reds I’ve seen in a while. The saw-tooth building is the work of Wingårdh Arkitektkontor, a firm with offices across Sverige in Gothenburg, Stockholm and Malmo.

The project Kuggen is named for the cog of a wheel, but it is also another part of a wheel: the hub: “Kuggen at Lindholmen will be a hub for formal as well as informal meetings between communityand society. […] It is designed to connect to its environment.” The analogy between a gear and the building is apt, especially since this analogy quite literally describes the plan of the perimeter. Yet, the most striking feature has to be the bold color. At first I mistook this for a Sauerbruch Hutton project, because few firms use color this boldly. Colors can be trendy and date a building too quickly, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. This building looks great all the way around.


May 2, 2011