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Competition


This is a competition to design an entrance gate for Järfälla’s Public Park

Competition Results

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Competition


This is a competition to design an entrance gate for Järfälla’s Public Park

Competition Results

 

This is a competition to design an entrance gate for Järfälla’s Public Park. The competition is aimed at young designers from the fields of architecture, design and social media.

Public Parks in Sweden were often called Folkets Park (The People’s Park) and, much in the tradition of the Nordic cultural enterprises, comprises numerous public amenities. The public park has for decades been one of the central social structures in Sweden. It was the place where your parents probably met, where they went out to dance or just spend their free time. In the 80´s these kinds of parks were largely replaced by socializing while shopping, and today this type of community building takes place on the internet. One could argue that today's shopping districts and social media have replaced the basic functions of the Folkets Park, but does that mean that we can no longer envision public space away from computers and consumption? Is there a way to revive and update the social benefits of the public park into a model for our current screen epoch? And how would we enter such a place?

The structures that marked the entrance to these parks stood as their main signifiers, used as a way to communicate this social gathering space. Thus, today, they become one of the first crucial steps on defining the public park in the time of the fourth industrial revolution, globalization and constant connectivity and social media. While designing the entrances to this imaginary 21st century Folkets Park, designers will be encouraged to think of ways one can revisit a public space, for a public that seems largely glued to their screen. Would the entrance be in fact on their screen, or might it provide functions that manage to capture the imagination of a public saturated by social media?


 

Prizes

1st prize will receive 30.000 SEK

Runner-up will receive 15.000 SEK

People's choice will receive 15.000 SEK

 

At least two of the winning proposals will be constructed on the site.

The competition entries will be exhibited and judged in a public place in Jarfalla on June 10th 2016.

 

Jury: 

Andres Jaque, Office for Political innovation

Marina Otero Verzier, Head of Research at Het Nieuwe Instituut Rotterdam, and co-curator Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016

Brendan Cormier, Lead curator of 20th and 21st century design, Victoria and Albert Museum London

Competition co-ordinator Espen Vatn, Oslo

 

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The site


Kvarnbacken has approximately 130 ancient sites of significance. It is a mixture of cairns, mounds and stone circles, most of which are in the southern part of the hill. The site is known for having been a place where milling happened.

The site


Kvarnbacken has approximately 130 ancient sites of significance. It is a mixture of cairns, mounds and stone circles, most of which are in the southern part of the hill. The site is known for having been a place where milling happened.

 

The site is Kvarnbacken, near Jakobsberg Station in a suburb of Stockholm.

Up until about 50 years ago it was agricultural land throughout the area. The land began to be developed from the mid 1950´s. In 1966 HSB, a cooperative housing association, bought the land from several landowners to build apartment blocks. Vibblaäng housing area was finished in 1966, around the time that the mill was still there. Then, there really was no center in Jakobsberg, just a few small shops and the railroad crossing. 

 

Kvarnbacken has approximately 130 ancient sites of significance. It is a mixture of cairns, mounds and stone circles, most of which are in the southern part of the hill. The site is known for having been a place where milling happened. The first mention of a mill is in 1786, when a mill worker was reported to be among those who resided in Jakobsberg. The miller lived in a cottage in the immediate vicinity of the mill.

At several places on Kvarnbacken there are noticeable traces of settlement. The most obvious are the fruit trees, which are both up on Kvarnbacken, and on its eastern side, against Järfälla road.

The mill burned down one night in May of 1980 but it was reconstructed based on old photos, and consecrated in 1981. 

 
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More information


This competition is an open international design competition. All graduates from architecture, design or social media studies are eligible to enter the competition.  

At least two of the winning proposals will be constructed on the site.

The competition entries will be exhibited and judged in a public place in Jarfalla on June 10th 2016

 

Register

More information


This competition is an open international design competition. All graduates from architecture, design or social media studies are eligible to enter the competition.  

At least two of the winning proposals will be constructed on the site.

The competition entries will be exhibited and judged in a public place in Jarfalla on June 10th 2016

 

Register

Eligibility

This competition is an open international design competition. All graduates from architecture, design or social media studies are eligible to enter the competition. The competition is anonymous. 

Requirements

The requirements are one vertical panel in A2 format MAX 10 MB in PDF format. This panel should include a brief text (50 words), perspectives and drawings of the project. Please include a 5 digit code and motto on your panel to ensure anonymity. 

Questions

Questions regarding the competition can be directed at  jarfallalogin@gmail.com by April 15th. The questions and answers will be published online the week after. 

Here are the answers to the submited questions.

Schedule

 

 

Locations of the gate

About the area

About The Mill

This project, named The Mill, is an arts initiative with international ambition to put Järfälla on the map as a municipality for community development, architecture and design. The idea is that through temporary installations, activities, seminars and workshops to illuminate and explore issues that are important for the future society and urban development. 

The initiative focused on highlighting the importance of art in the public space. The Mill is a project that aims to work on and contribute with high level thinking and projects, both in the short and long term.

This project aims to investigate the contemporary potential of Folkets Park to see how it can become important social catalyst again and put Järfälla on the map as a strong municipality when it comes to issues concerning social development, architecture and urban design.

About Folkets Park

Folkets Park, or People's Park, is a place for social gatherings containing places to meet up informally, celebrate, hold concerts and other outdoor facilities. The parks were originally owned by workers - or community associations, but are now usually owned by independent associations. These organizations were built on idealistic and political ideas with volunteers and community organizers. They were funded by membership fees and support from industrialists and corporations.

At the end of the 19th C different kinds of groups were formed to engage in politics, engage the culture, performance. The 19th Century was a century of the great social movements, with the rise of the labor movement, performance movement, the sports movement and the Free Church movement, and later homestead movement. 

Especially the labor movement and the performance movement was interested in the members' leisure time. With the 19th Century´s reorganization of labor in the industrial society came the concept of free time into being. Holistic thougths on the life cycles of the workers were developed where the 24 hours of the day was conceived of threefold: 8 hours of work, 8 hours of sleep and 8 hours of leisure time. The Peoples Parks were instrumental in the 8 hours of leiseure time. 

The labor organizations began to designate and manage the public parks and build special People's Houses where the community would gather. Later, there organizations even built larger structures like amusement parks. 

The first Swedish popular park was built in 1796 on private initiative in Hällefors, in southern Sweden. After that came the first public park that was laid out by the labor movement, the People's Park in Malmö in 1891. Following this was parks in Helsingborg and Lund, 1895 in Ystad in 1896 and in 1897. Trelleborg Park in central Sweden was initiated in 1898, The People Park in Eskilstuna opened 1898 and in the park in Västerås 1899. The first People's Park in the north was built in 1902 in Sundsvall. 

The People Parks Confederation was founded in 1905 in order to strengthen the individual parks. It has had its headquarters in Eskilstuna and since 1930, Stockholm. The Skåne parks maintained their own association, Southern Sweden Associated Peoples Parks, until 1941. The newspaper Stage and Salon, the People Parks magazine, was issued in paper from 1916-90 and is now given out digitally.

 

About Jakobsberg

Jakobsberg is a municipal district in Järfälla. It constitutes Järfälla commercial and administrative center. Jakobsberg is just over 15 km north of central Stockholm and the municipality as a whole has 73 000 inhabitants, of whom about 27,000 live in the central parts ie Jakobsberg.

Jakobsberg, Järfälla's commercial and administrative centre, grew up around the railway. In the 1940s, blocks of flats were built and the municipal council moved its offices here. 

The Jakobsberg Centre includes shops, offices, car parks and apartments, as well as a library, an art gallery, an exhibition hall and a cinema. There are a number of ancient monuments and buildings of historic interest in the area.

About Järfälla

Järfälla Municipality is a municipality in Stockholm County in east central Sweden, and is considered a suburb of Stockholm. Its seat is located in Jakobsberg, part of the Stockholm urban area. It takes about 20 minutes to reach downtown Stockholm by Stockholm commuter rail. 

Järfälla traces its history to the Stone Age and has some ruins from that time. After being Christianized in the 11th century, a church was built around the year 1200 that still stands today. Järfälla continued to be of some importance in the Middle Ages as several important roads went through it. Furthermore, the centre of the hundred was located within the boundaries of the municipality from 1675 to 1905.  

The main population expansion came in the 1930s and 1940s, when many residential houses were built in the seat Jakobsberg for middle-class families commuting to Stockholm.

 

Download

Download all the images, texts and dwg drawings required for your project here.

 
 

The competition is supported by:

HSB Norra Storstockholm

HSB Norra Storstockholm

 
Veidekke Bostad

Veidekke Bostad

 
Einar Mattsson

Einar Mattsson

 

and Järfälla kommun.

 

Main media partners

Media Partners

 
 
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Competition Results


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Competition Results


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