The Royal Castle in Stockholm is not a copy. It is pure and true Italian Baroque. The architect; Nicodemus Tessin worked and studied with Lorenzo Bernini in Rome. And yet it is unmistakingly scandinavian in its rational structure. Maybe that is a result of the constant struggle between the architect and the commissionaire. The ascetic war king, Karl XII preferred to sleep in tent with his men. He demanded Tessin many times to keep it simple (and save money). But when he refused to listen (and got the funds) the architect fulfilled a grandiose vision for a Super-power soon to be ceased.
Selection published in RUM #151 September 2014.
In front of Grand Hotel Stockholm, Marge Architects placed a group of four bronze plated pavilions where you can get a ticket for a boat tour or a cup of coffee. Also used as storage for the traffic to Stockholm archipelago, the challenge was to interact with historic buildings in the heart of the city. Captured in late warm summer 2013.
The ultimate documentation of Artur von Schmalensee´s modernistic masterpiece from 1963. The Kiruna Town Hall will soon be demolished when LKAB company expands their underground mines. Like entire city of Kiruna, this building is cracking from dynamite blasts 1500 meters below ground surface. In just a few years the city centre will be transformed into gravel and dust. Eventually it will rise in a different place. Form magazine #2 2013. Text by Po Tidholm.
Post war Architecture by Fritz Jaenecke and Sten Samuelson. Commercially successful but artistically neglected they practically built everything in south Sweden during the “golden ages”. The older, Fritz Jaenecke (1903-1978) escaped nazi Germany when Albert Speer noted him as “not reliable”. Together with the much younger Sten Samuelson (1926-2002) they formed a creative team, responsible for some very powerful exponents of Modernism and early Post Modernism. Coming book at Trema Publishing.
At home with Sven-Harry Karlsson, building contractor and art mecenat. The 1800th century original on which a life size replica was based and built on top of his own museum. Form Magazine #2 2011. Text by Daniel Golling.
A compilation of interiors by Marge Architects. Public and private projects from 2009 and onward.
Forum No.2 2009; Magazine for Scandinavian Architecture, Interiors and Design. New release with art direction by Henrik Nygren. Covering the Bank of Sweden, a masterpiece by Peter Celsing from 1976. Text by Wilfried Wang.
“High Tech Healing”
Heliga Korsets Kyrka, fiber glass chapel by Jan Søndergaard at KHR Denmark. Forum magazine 4.08
Forum Price winner 2006; VM Complex by Plot (Bjarke Ingels and Julien de Smedt).
Zaha experience at Odrupgaard art museum, Denmark.
Ricordi & Sfera. Oficce, Show-room, gallery and restaurant in old town, Kyoto.