Sweden has been at the forefront of innovative design for decades, not least in the field of architecture. Although Swedes did not create all of the following architectural landmark marvels, the structures do demonstrate how adventurous and outstanding architecture in Sweden is.
The Flower Shop
A flower shop is usually the complete opposite of looking drab and uninviting, but this one is precisely that. The unpainted concrete-block building with unattractive doors and windows was purposely intended to look as far away from a flower shop as possible. Swedish architect Sigurd Lewerentz designed The Flower Shop in Malmö in 1969. It may sound very unworthy of being an architectural landmark, but in fact, it is truly a marvel. The Flower Shop is Lewerentz’s most scaled-down and extreme building, and it is based on mathematical properties like squares and the golden section. The Flower Shop attracts architectural buffs from all over the planet every year. It might not be much to look at. But that was partially the point.
When thinking of architectural landmark marvels, one understandably presumes the landmarks in question will be permanent structures. But there is an exception: The Icehotel. The world’s first ice hotel is pretty much rebuilt every year, using snow and ice in the village of Jukkasjärvi, located in northern Sweden. The hotel’s bedrooms contain chairs and beds made out of ice. There is even an ice chapel, where couples can get married! But if you are not looking to get wed in −5 °Celsius conditions, you can instead relax at the ice bar, where you can drink from glasses made of ice. About the only thing the hotel does not have is a casino made of ice! But the bar of The Icehotel is the ideal place to play real-time casino games at an online live casino like Casumo live.
Emporia Shopping Mall
Designed by Swedish architect Gert Wingårdh, the Emporia shopping mall in Malmö is one of Scandinavia’s largest malls. It opened in 2012. The Emporia will certainly make you stop and stare when you first see it, as it looks like a central part has collapsed. It is not just the building’s visual spectacle that makes the Emporia such a marvel. It is also decorated with soundscapes created by Radja Sound Design Agency. In 2013, the bold-looking building won the World Architecture Festival award and the INSIDE and MIPIM awards.
The Øresund Bridge
Known as The Öresundsbron in Sweden, the Øresund Bridge is truly an architectural marvel. The combined railway and motorway bridge, which opened in 2000, spans the strait between Sweden and Denmark. It was designed by the Danish engineering firm COWI. Its dramatic design appears differently depending on your vantage point. Indeed, from one perspective, the bridge seems to end without reaching another piece of land. The structure also includes a tunnel and an artificial island. It is the longest cable-tied road and railway bridge in the world, and in 2002, it won the IABSE Outstanding Structure Award.
At 623 feet, the Turning Torso in Malmö is the tallest building in Scandinavia. It is also the world’s first twisted skyscraper. The neo-futuristic tower was conceived and designed by the Spanish architect, engineer, and sculptor, Santiago Calatrava. It opened in 2005. The tower consists of nine cubes twisting towards the New Western Harbor’s waterfront near the Öresund Bridge, which connects Sweden with Denmark. The Turning Torso is made up of 54 stories and consists of 147 luxury residential apartments, as well as offices and conference rooms. The tower won the Gold Emporis Skyscraper Award in 2005, and it won the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat’s 10 Year Award in 2015.