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Bright prospects for new Stockholm skyscraper

ÅF Lighting is playing an active role as plans progress for what is set to be the crowning jewel of a cutting edge office complex.

A landmark building, containing well-lit, flexible and sustainable spaces for the creative businesses of Stockholm – that is how lighting designer Martin Petersson envisions thirty-story Stockholm 1, now in its early planning stages. 

In Hammarby Sjöstad, just south of central Stockholm, project developer Skanska are hoping to attract businesses in creative fields such as IT, advertising, fashion, game design and music to some 100 000 square metres of flexible office space. A total of seven buildings is being projected, with skyscraper Stockholm 1 forming an eye-catching landmark. ÅF Lighting is currently planning lighting solutions for the building, in close cooperation with the electrical department at ÅF and architects Sauerbruch Hutton.

“Advertising” is the keyword for the visual concept. This will be translated into an elegant yet functional design, where lighting plays an important role. Light will help create striking effects, for instance in lobbies, lifts and corridors.

“As always, we strive to balance function, aesthetics and sustainability”, says lighting designer Martin Petersson, and goes on to describe how office spaces will be lit to maximise the well-being of end users, for instance by minimising glare. Given the height of the building, special care will be taken to optimize views and let daylight form part of the whole. Also, high demands will have to be met in terms of energy efficiency, as the building will be LEED certified.

“As for the exterior, we aim to create illumination that strengthens the character of Stockholm 1 as a landmark for creative business”, says Martin Petersson.

Illustrations: © Skanska