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Arctic architecture: Wild wild whale

Arctic architecture is trending. So what is the latest news from the wild? Behold The Whale, a spectacular proposal that won the competition for the design of a tourist center in Andøya, Northern Norway - created by fantastic Danish office Dorte Mandrup.

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Hella Jongerius – Breathing Colour

November is very gray in Stockholm. Why not check out the exhibition The exhibition Hella Jongerius – Breathing Colour at Nationalmuseum? It is on view until February 9th 2020.

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Arctic Bath will open soon

Soon the new international hotel Arctic Bath in Harads, Swedish Lapland will open up. Inspired by the success of Treehotel the floating hotel with cold bath planned on Luleriver is to be situated downstream from the bridges of Bodtraskfors. Arctic Bath will be a year round hotel, summertime free-floating and wintertime frozen on Luleriver.

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Snøhetta – in a cool place indeed

The Norwegian mega office Snøhetta designs the visitor center The Arc in Longyearbyen. This cone-shaped building, will be home to content from Svalbard Global Seed Vault, as well as the digital archive Arctic World Archive.

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Fabrik at Gustavsbergs Konsthall

The exhibition Fabrik (Factory) focuses on memories, places, knowledge and narratives of former sites of craft industries in Europe; poses questions about the role of the individual as well as the collective, what’s promoted and what’s left out in these stories.

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Alchemist in Copenhagen by London-based Studio Duncalf

There can't be too many combo eateries with fantastic views in the world. This year, the Snøhetta-designed underwater restaurant and research station Under opened in Norway, with a panoramic seabed view. In Copenhagen, Alchemist crosses fine dining with a planetarium-like interior, designed by London-based Studio Duncalf.

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Swedish architects help creating a self-sustaining children’s centre in Tanzania

Local workers and a team of Swedish architects have completed the Econef Children’s Center in northern Tanzania. The center is a self-sustaining facility for orphans situated in the King’ori village. The buildings are powered with solar energy and harvest rainwater in a system inspired by the African baobab tree. The center also has a biogas plant to produce cooking gas for use in the kitchen. The buildings will be the home of 25 children.

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The Best Weapon by Snøhetta for The Nobel Peace Center

Today it was announced that Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali, will be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize 2019. Norwegian Snøhetta has created an art piece named The Best Weapon with Nelson Mandela’s famous quote “The best weapon is to sit down and talk” engraved on its surface. It was designed by Snøhetta and created in partnership with collaborators Hydro and Vestre. It was unveiled at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City the 18th of July, the Nelson Mandela Day, and will be moved to The Nobel Peace Center in Oslo.

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1989 – Culture and Politics at Nationalmuseum

This autumn, Nationalmuseum features an exhibition on one of the most dramatic moments in history – the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. The exhibition takes a broad look at what happened within the visual culture during the upheavals of 1989.

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After the Wall: Design since 1989

Thirty years after the historic fall of the Berlin Wall, the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein presents "After the Wall: Design since 1989" at the Vitra Schaudepot. Organized on the occasion of the museum’s own 30th anniversary, the exhibition charts design from the past three decades, examining how it has been shaped by broad technological, cultural, and socio-political shifts.

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New guests on Instagram: Annelie Grimwade Olofsson and G. William Bell

Their project Common Ground is a part of Ung Svensk Form 2019 (Young Swedish Design 2019). They work both separately and collaboratively, functionally and conceptually, with projects where the context is essential, and where materiality and activism are a reoccurring theme. Follow them @formmagazine on Instagram until October 17th.

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Køge Nord Station in Copenhagen

In early summer, greater Copenhagen’s new public transport hub, Køge Nord Station, war officially opened. A sensational foot-bridge, a station and a park area, hovering high-speed trains, local trains and the busiest motorway in the country. Designed by DISSING+WEITLING, COWI and COBE, the station forms a significant hub for the green mobility.

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Open House Stockholm October 4-6

From 4-6 October 2019 Open House Stockholm will be held for the forth time. During the event the public are invited to seminars about, and tours of, unique buildings and places, all for free!

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Stockholm Craft Week premiere 3–6 October

Stockholm Craft Week Stockholm Craft Week is the first of its kind for Swedish crafts and the aim is to become an annual event. Stockholm Craft week wants to shed new light on contemporary craft and make sure the field receives the attention it deserves.

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Dutch Design Week 19-27 October

Planning on coming to Dutch Design Week (DDW)? The biggest design event in Northern Europe presents work and ideas of more than 2600 designers. This year, DDW presents design trends that mark the most important developments in the field of design. In one trend DDW explore how living biobased materials can be used.

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