Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture AB
, Sweden
Category: Professional, Other|Concept
Designer(s): Fredrik Kjellgren, Joakim Kaminsky, Jonas Tjäder, Corina Bermundez, Daniel Andersson, Linea Ericsson, Robin Westerström, Ylva Frid, Marie Löwenherz

Entry Description:

Gothenburg faces a challenge comparable in size with the industrial revolution; to become a sustainable city.

To achieve this vision we must change both our mindset and our built environment. In spring 2008 Kjellgren Kaminsky started the project Super Sustainable City to encourage change among their fellow Gothenburgians. SSC is a non-profit continuous project which consists partly of an architectonic vision for a sustainable Gothenburg in 2050, partly of a blog where news, projects and discussions concerning sustainable city planning are debated. SSC have also been the subject for numerous lectures and seminars.

Below is a description of our vision for a sustainable Gothenburg in 2050. The activities on the blog, supersustainablecity.blogspot.com, are continuously updated on a daily basis.

With a starting point in the Gteborg 2050 vision conducted by the Gteborg municipality Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture presents an architectural vision for a sustainable Gothenburg. The current ecological footprint of Gothenburg is 2.5 Million globalhectare or the size of Vstra Gtaland. If all citizens in the world used as much resources we would need 3 globes to survive. Now, imagine Gothenburg had an ecological footprint of its own size. We would have to make drastic changes in many fields, such as how we handle transportation, energy, food and waste. But did you know that as late as one century ago the city of Paris produced more food than it needed, the surplus was exported to London.

Take a look at Gothenburg from above. Like most western cities it is pretty grey. Roofs, streets and squares are all covered with inorganic materials. Just the rooftops constitutes one third of the city. What if this area could be used better? On the flat roofs and in parks crops could be grown. On southfacing roofs solar panels could be mounted. Small windmills could produce electricity. More apartments could be built on some roofs.

A network of sustainable highways could connect the city. They would work as personal rapid transit systems and shelter cycling highways. The sustainable highways could even collect energy and water.

Til 2020 Gothenburg will grow with 8000 new inhabitants/year. This means we will have to build alot of new houses. How we handle this growth is decisive for the future of our city. During the last century Gothenburg has grown sprawly. If the city grew denser distances and transports would decrease. Today the river Gta lv constitutes a border straight through Gothenburg. Here the city could be densified and connected. Heavy shipping traffic, now passing through the city centre, could be redirected to Nodre lv north of Gothenburg. The development we propose on the river would house one third of the estimated city growth til 2020 and form a strong connection between the riversides.

Here roofs can be used for leasure, agriculture and solar power. The roofs are terraced to the south so that people, plants and solar panels will have more sun and the apartments will need less heating and lightning. The structures takes inspiration from the traditional Gothenburg social and architectural heritage such as yellow bricks, streets paved with granite, markets and canals.

SSC is in continuous development.

About the Company:

After winning the international architecture competition for the new 1200 sqrm Strandbaden dancehall in 2006 Joakim Kaminsky and Fredrik Kjellgren formed a new architectural office; KjellgenKaminsky Architecture AB.

The office is based in Gothenburg, Sweden, but we look upon the world as our working field. Joakim and Fredrik have experience from working at internationally recognized architectural firms such as Wingardhs and UN-Studio, Ben Van Berkel.

We work with architecture in its broadest meaning ranging from furniture to city planning, from theory to practice. Our ambition is to become a part of the architectural debate in Sweden as well as internationally.

No matter the size or character of the project we function as innovative problem solvers. Our goal is to produce functional and sustainable architecture with a poetic dimension.


* 2009 Green Dot Awards - 2nd Place Winner - Other Category
* 2009 Green Dot Awards - 1st Place Winner - Concept Category