3XN chosen to complete malardalen university building in sweden 3XN chosen to complete malardalen university building in sweden
jun 27, 2014

3XN chosen to complete malardalen university building in sweden

3XN chosen to complete malardalen university building in sweden
all images courtesy of 3XN

 

 

 

3XN has been chosen as the winner of an architectural competition to construct an educational building for mälardalen university – a college in eskilstuna, southwest of stockholm. the scheme involves the renovation of the region’s public baths and the completion of a new 18,250 square meter structure. the winning proposal offers facilities for 4,000 students and 350 permanent employees, creating an open and connected learning atmosphere that encourages interdisciplinary communication.

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internally, the two buildings are connected at the first two levels, while lower storeys are left completely open

 

 

 

through referencing the architecture of the baths, designed by paul hedquist, the new structure establishes a strong relationship with the existing building with uniform surfaces and clean geometries. the bright and dynamic façade consists of alternating open and closed sections, ensuring that daylight is welcomed inside the building.

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the main swimming pool is retained as the school library – complimented with a café

 

 

 

internally, the buildings are connected at the first two levels, while lower storeys are left completely open as one functional and spatial whole. the main swimming pool is retained as the school library, complimented with a café and student house that becomes a social meeting place for students and teachers alike. a central atrium, double-height auditoriums, open study areas and inner courtyards create a building with good visual connections between floors. classrooms and lecture halls are located on the lower three storeys, with administrative offices positioned at top of the building, creating a more private working environment.

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the building has been scaled to relate to the surrounding urban fabric

 

 

 

the vision is to create an open and inspiring learning environment that encourages interaction between students and staff – across disciplines. we have strongly emphasized that new educational building should have a gentle, but strong visual connection to the neighboring listed public bath by paul hedquist. by giving the new building a clean geometry and uniform surfaces, we have created clear references to the functionalist architecture of the public bath’, explains principal and partner of 3XN, kim herforth nielsen.

3xn malardalen university eskilstuna sweden designboom
the dynamic façade consists of alternating open and closed sections

 

 

project info:

 

location: eskilstuna, sweden
client: mälardalen university
function: educational building
gross floor area: 18,300 sqm
cost: €49 million euro
year: 2014
3XN role: architect

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