October 17, 2011
Sveriges Arkitekter (The Swedish Association of Architects) has nominated Studio Furillen and Andreas Forsberg/AQ Arkitekter for Sweden's top architectural award: the Kasper Salin Prize. The jury gives the following justification for its nomination:
"Employing architecture that reflects the industrial and military heritage of Furillen, an oasis has been created among the stunted pines of the coastal woodland for meetings between artists, specialists and entrepreneurs. A closed rust-red sheet metal facade gives the building an air of mystery. In contrast to the closed exterior, the interior is designed around a light atrium and offers every convenience. Mechanical systems allow the walls to be opened up, thus establishing a connection with its surroundings."
The winner will be announced on 11 November 2011.
The Kasper Salin prize has been awarded since 1962. Past prize-winners of note include Martin Videgård/Bolle Tham, Gert Wingårdh, Johan Celsing, Carl Nyrén, Ralph Erskine and Sigurd Lewerenz.
October 9, 2011
In issue 6/2011, Arkitektur magazine presents the winner of this year's debut prize – Studio Furillen and Andreas Forsberg/AQ Arkitekter.
September 28, 2011
Andreas Forsberg has been awarded Arkitektur magazine’s debut prize 2011 for Studio Furillen. The jury’s motivation:
”This year’s winner Andreas Forsberg at AQ arkitekter has sited an impressive Corten atrium house in the barren Gotland landscape on Furillen. A forward-thinking hybrid between studio, gallery and holiday cottage for a patron of the arts. A house demonstrating an attention to detail that few architects deliver in their lifetime.”
Arkitektur is Sweden’s foremost architecture magazine. Its debut prize has been awarded since 2001. In 2011, the jury picked out seven finalists, from which Andreas Forsberg was chosen as the winner.
September 27, 2011
The book Studio Furillen is finished. 104 pages, bound, with text in Swedish, English, Russian, Chinese and Arabic. Production Henrik Nygren Design, photography Björn Keller and Åke E:son Lindman and text Mattias Jersild.
September 7, 2011
Swedish magazine Plaza writes about Studio Furillen in issue 9/2011. Andreas Forsberg says:
"The building exists in a dialogue with nature. What do we mean when we talk about a building adapted to its natural surroundings? Using Gotland limestone? Despite its size this building leaves a minimal impression on its surroundings. The terraces unfold, like a drawbridge in the forest, without leaving any trace behind. The building boasts surgical precision and a floating quality that means it takes less space and draws less attention than a holiday cottage."
"Now you're exaggerating, aren't you?"
"Well, maybe a little. But seriously, holiday cottages tend to encroach on their surroundings, with washing lines, sheds, barbecues and so forth. Here everything is kept compact, both the barbecue and the outdoor furniture have been sited in the atrium."