Architects Sweden has launched an international contest for a landmark mixed-use tower at the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre in Gothenburg
The two-stage competition is open to suitably qualified teams with relevant experience and seeks innovative proposals for a skyscraper featuring a 400-room hotel, restaurants, meeting spaces, offices and an entrance connecting the complex to a new underground rail station at Korsvägen.
The +One project will expand the historic Nils Einar Eriksson-designed 41,000m2 venue which already features the three interconnected Gothia Towers designed by White Arkitekter and built between 1984 and 2014. Up to five teams will each receive SEK 250,000 (£21,000) to participate in the design phase of the competition.
According to the brief: ‘The objective is to conceive a design which makes the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre more attractive to customers and visitors from Sweden and overseas, and adds new value to Korsvägen and the city itself, both socially and architecturally.
‘The project involves putting forward a proposal which reinforces and contributes value to the Swedish Exhibition & Conference Centre as well as the city. This proposal is to take a holistic approach to the integration of a new development with the existing site. It is also expected to feature high standards, both in architectural design and execution.’
The Swedish Exhibition and Congress Centre is one of the largest venues of its kind in Scandinavia, with around 1.8 million visitors a year. The complex features nine exhibition halls and 60 meeting rooms and is owned and managed by a not-for-profit foundation.
The original building was designed by Nils Einar Eriksson in 1939 and the complex has expanded to feature three hotel skyscrapers – known as the Gothia Towers – designed by White Arkitekter and featuring 1,200 rooms. The latest project will create a fourth tower, known as +One, planned to complete in 2025.
Applications may be in English or Swedish and should include a short description of how you would approach the brief along with teams details and examples of relevant previous projects.
The deadline for applications is 3 December.
How to apply
Visit the competition website for more information
Swedish Exhibition & Conference Centre Foundation
412 51 Göteborg