We are developing the meatpacking district in Gothenburg!
After a lengthy process, with hard competition, we are proud to announce that we are developing the slaughterhouse area in Gothenburg, together with Dreem Arkitekter and Higab. Our vision is to integrate the area with the city centre and develop the area as a destination for food and culture, creating a clear identity for the area founded in the district’s cultural history.
Read more about the project in our press release here
Linköping's highest apartment building is now inaugurated!
Tovatt Archictects & Planners has assisted the municipal housing company Stångåstaden in Linköping to develop the district Vimanshäll. A work that has been going on for more than 10 years. And now it’s finished! The area has been supplemented with a total of about 120 new apartments in mixed sizes and tenures. Tovatt Archictects & Planners has designed two smaller apartment buildings with a preschool on the ground floor and a 14-storey tower block. Friday the 21st of September was the inauguration of this tower block, Höjdpunkten, 50 rental apartments with Linköping’s best view! The building has a shape to capture the light and handling noise. The facades have been given a colourful expression as a reference to the site’s historical use as a beacon.
Now the new building “Höjdpunkten” is shining over the town in the evenings!
Photo Anders Bobert
We are hiring!
We are currently hiring for several different positions.
We need you to be fluent in Swedish. Read more on our Swedish page.
We are always interested in getting in contact with experienced
and talented architects and urban planners. Send your application to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Share our office!
Our office is located in a dynamic area of Slakthusområdet in Stockholm, but we have a little bit more space than we need. On the floor below us OKK+ (www.okk.nu), Snøhetta and writer Mark Isitt has their office. Together we would like to create a meeting place for architecture, design, landscape and thoughts. Do you want to become a part of this environment? We have 50 m2 of office space to let, sharing all common areas such as kitchen, workshop, meeting room, etc.
For other questions, please contact our administrator Jessica Björkman email@example.com
A new Harvard!
In February 2018, Tovatt Architects and Planners presented a vision for the new Campus Flemingsberg. Despite its natural and socioeconomic challenges, we envision the site of Campus Flemingsberg to become a vibrant educational hub with urban and mixed-used qualities. Our proposal aims to re-shape the entrance to the area from Flemingsberg station and create a mixed-use and diverse campus environment deliberately weaving existing campus buildings into a new fabric. The masterplan provides new educational premises, 450 units of student housing and a kindergarten for 80–100 children. The new zoning plan is intended to be ready in autumn 2020.
Read more about the plans here: https://www.stockholmdirekt.se/nyheter/visionen-sa-blir-nya-campus-flemingsberg/reprfy!oQfgMsiAnsMwUrN9rP9fFQ/
ARTICLE: Seestadt Aspern - long way from early critic to construction start
For more than ten years, Tovatt Architects and Planners have been involved in the development of the masterplan of Seestadt Aspern on a former airfield in northeastern Vienna.
The process of shaping a plan for a vibrant city district with 15,000 homes, offices for 20,000 people, shops, restaurants and services has involved close collaboration with professionals from all over the world. The office has worked on issues such as water management, sustainability, traffic, logistics and economic strategies in what is considered one of Europe’s largest urban development projects.
Johannes Tovatt was a proud participant of the discussion at Woodland Sweden in Essen.
Svenska institutet and Sveriges arkitekter showed the possibilities of modern wood construction.
Read more here
Järfälla municipality has now approved Sweden’s perhaps largest zoning plan and design guide: Barkarbystaden 3. The plan allows for approximately 4400 housing units, schools, preschools, retail, local services, sports and a retirement home. It provides the framework for a vibrant public realm, shaping a wide range of public spaces, street, parks and squares. The area connects Barkarbystaden 1 (now under construction) with the nature reserve Järvafältet and Säbysjön in the north, as well as Kyrkbyn in south. It connects the main public transportation hub, Stockholm West (Barkarby station), in the west and the future city center of Barkarbystaden in the east.
The plan for Barkarbystaden 3 is based on the overall masterplan for Barkarbystaden, also by Tovatt Architects and Planners. The office is now working on the next phase of development, called Barkarbystaden 4, containing the most central parts of the district.
Read more about the news here: http://www.byggvarlden.se/ny-detaljplan-mojliggor-for-4-400-bostader-120971/nyhet.html
Read more about the project here: www.barkarbystaden.se
Stella Lindstam lectured on the housing of the future for the elderly
The 29th-30th of November, the conference “Framtidens boende för äldre” took place at Scandic Hasselbacken in Stockholm. Stella Lindstam presented how we work at Tovatt with nursing and care homes. She showed two of our new projects; Tallmon’s retirement home in Skutskär and Äppelparkens retirement home in Hallstahammar as an example and inspiration.
Read more about the projects here; http://tovatt-com.onincabus.cloud/projects/buildings/tallmon/ and https://www.svt.se/nyheter/lokalt/vastmanland/nytt-boende-i-hallstahammar
Johannes Tovatt handed out the Erskine Prize!
New Chairman of Ruth and Ralph Erskine’s Scholarship Fund is Johannes Tovatt who together with Bengt Ahlqvist and H.M. Queen Silvia handed out the “Erskine Prize” at Arkitekturgalan 2017.
The winner of the award was the Spinelli project. Architectural students and teachers from the University of Kaiserslautern together with refugees and with the support of the city, as well as local construction companies, designed and built on their own a community centre. The building was built on the area of the former American Spinelli Barracks in Mannheim, Germany, near H.M. Queen Silvia’s childhood home.
The building is shaped as a stage for larger crowds along with a closed courtyard for contemplation and met the needs expressed by residents at the refugee camp.
Read more about the project here https://arkitekten.se/nyheter/erskinepriset-till-center-flyktingar/
Erskine Award Talks 2017
Invited competition leads to new project
We are happy to announce that Lundbergs has chosen to let us develop our proposal for kv Nätet 10! The proposal, “Laterna Magica” with four tower blocks in brick, creates a central landmark in the area. The project is part of a larger development of Norra Munktellstaden in central Eskilstuna. The key words in the project have been; elegant, intelligent and encouraging. The buildings surround a green oasis, a common courtyard, and the whole ensemble gives possibilities to live sustainable – socially, economically and ecologically.
Read more about the project here
Karlstad is growing! New district in the making
Tovatt Architects & Planners has made a proposal for the development of the old airfield in Jakobsberg in Karlstad. In an invited competition between two architectural offices, the municipality wanted to get new ideas of how the design of the area could be. We got very good feedback for our proposal, and now we are waiting for the revised plans and the public consultations during the spring of 2018.
Read more at Karlstad Växer
Read more about our proposal at the project page
We are moving to Slakthusområdet!
In the end of november we are moving to Möller & Co’s former building in Slakhusområdet. We took the opportunity to move into a new space with connections to the history of our office. Tovatt Architects and planners was founded by co-workers of Ralph Erskine during his last, but very active years. David Neuschütz, one of the original partners, tells about the move and how it was to work with one of the most fascinating personalities within Swedish architecture and city planning.
Tovatt in Beirut!
Tovatt Architects and Planners have been on a study trip and experienced the city’s mix, from new skyscrapers to the historic city’s vibrant street life. Traces of Civil War are juxtaposed with the latest in design. Illegal, organically grown, former refugee camps are located not far from wealthy districts built on speculation with shining glass facades.
A lot of impressions and feelings to take in. We have been to luxury apartments, Beit Beirut Museum and a guided tour of the Badaro district with our knowledgeable guide Elie Harfouche. We finished our trip with a day trip to Byblos, one of the world’s oldest, still inhabited cities. There, we also had time for a swim in the Mediterranean sea.
The architect Petia Ratzov, based in Beirut since seven years, guided us through the seemingly chaotic traffic, to good restaurants and through the vibrant nightlife of the city.
Lots of good food, sun and genuine people. Beirut, we will see you again!
Dietenbach – Tovatt Architects and Planners handpicked when Freiburg grows
As one out of five architecture firms in Europe,Tovatt Architects and Planners have been handpicked to take part in the city of Freiburg’s next big development – Dietenbach. Among other chosen firms are West 8 and Henning Larsen. Another 25 teams have been chosen through prequalification. In short, the brief is to plan a new district in the outskirts of Freiburg. The plot is surrounded by open fields, forests and streams, with mountains in the background. The competition area, of more than 100 ha, is situated next to Rieselfeld; a pioneering city development from the 1990’s.
The ambition for Dietenbach is just as high as for Rieselfeld, but now focusing on contemporary questions about sustainability, climate change and social sustainability. When the district is fully built it will be inhabited by around 20 000 people in between 6000 to 8000 apartments. After the competitions first stage, five teams will be chosen for the next stage where focus will be to do workshops and civil dialogue with both citizens and the city of Freiburg as well as experts in different fields. The competition form is unique in Germany, and a series of different methods has been chosen to decide a winner.
We have formed a team together with two German consultants, both at the cutting edge in their field of expertise: Studio Dreiseitl (Ramböll) are landscape architects and engineers that are world leading in, among other things, stormwater, water cleansing and environmental technology. Transsolar is an international company working with energy and climate issues in a broader sense. Together with Tovatt Architects and Planners, we look forward to developing a vision for the future of Dietenbach!
Links about the project:
About the team:
Magic Treehouse World Cup 2017
The organizer ”Magiska barnarkitekter” invited architectural offices to compete in Magic Treehouse World Cup to pay attention to how fast urban development is growing and how easy it is to forget the children.
Each team was given a place by lottery among the trees. You had to move quickly from idea to action. Tovatt Architects and Planners tree house was a dragon inspired creation that invites you to play, and it was awarded by the jury. Playful children and adults can visit the tree houses in the wood next to ”Nacka stadshus” during this month.
The jury consisted of 6 child architects, Puma Larsson, Niki Karlsson, Angus Karlsson, Mio Rixer, Charlie Kågström, Lovica Hillberts and Lisa Daram from Arkus, Erik Stenberg from KTH, Gunilla Grudewall-Steen from the ”Natur- och trafiknämnden” in Nacka and Karolina Skog, the government’s environmental minister.
Read more about the competition here https://www.nacka.se/nyheter-start/2017/10/magiskt-vm-i-tradhus-pa-nya-gatan/
Planning program for Tullholmsviken in Karlstad
Karlstad municipality has developed our proposal for Tullholmsviken in Karlstad. We took part in a parallell assignment for the logistics central for Konsum in Värmland, which is moving and making room for a new district only ten minutes walk from the central station. The municipality’s plan is out on public display until november 4, 2017.
A Vision for Vårberg
Since the so called “million program” hardly any new homes have been built in Skärholmen. The citys plans for the future are big. We are proud to be involved in the creation of the next layer of urban fabric.
The project Vårbergsvägen is now out for review, together with a number of projects, as part of the grater project Focus Skärholmen. The proposals will be shown from 5 September 2017 to 17 October 2017. The proposals will also be displayed in Focus Skärholmen’s project office, Portholmsgangen 1, next to Skärholmen C, where there is also a physical model. The city presents the project closer here at: Fokus Skärholmen.
Read more about Tovatt Architects and Planners vision for Vårbergsvägen on our project page: Vårbergsvägen
Kungsljuset got building permit!
We are happy to see that our project Kungsljuset in Västerås is finally starting construction after many years. Kungsljuset is a project where the Gideonbergs school is developed with additional housing. The plan is made up of a composition of triangular houses, large and small, twin houses and apartment buildings, with a mix of rental and tenant-owned apartments. It has been developed from our winning proposal in a parallell assignment for Västerås stad in 2010. Tovatt Architects and Planners, together with HSB, Bostjärnan and NOPY in Västerås, has taken the project a big step closer to realization. Construction will start this autumn!
Read more about the project here!
Vulkanen 8 gets attention in the media
Tovatt Architects and Planners’ colourful addition to central Eskilstuna generates achitectural discussions. We are proud over our project and happy to be able to contribute to a positive architectural discourse. Read more about the discussion here:
Eskilstuna Kuriren – Unika hus
Sveriges radio P4 – Husen i sörmland som sticker ut
Sörmlands TV – Kolla in Eskilstunas häftigaste hus
Read more about the project in an interview with Stella Lindstam (in Swedish):
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
The office went to Eskilstuna to round up the year of 2016. Johannes Tovatt gave an inspiring lecture on the legacy of Ralph Erskine and his impact on our office. We visited the building site of our project Vulkanen where the happy owners of the apartments in this spectacular down town in-fill project soon will move in.
As a Christmas gift to make the world a little bit better to live in, Tovatt Architects and Planners supports Médecins Sans Frontières. We also support the building of a home for orphans and vulnerable children in Tanzania as well as Architects without borders.
Tovatt Architects & Planners helps Västerås grow
Ängsgärdet surrounding Pilgatan that leads straight into the heart of Västerås has started its transformation from industrial estate to mixed-use city. The proposal from Tovatt Architects & Planners is now up for consultation in cooperation with HSB Mälardalen, the municipal housing company Bostads AB Mimer and the city of Västerås. The new area will contain a mixture of rental apartments and condominiums with retail premises along Pilgatan.
The project is one of the office’s several ongoing projects in Västerås. Around Gideonsbergsskolan the detailed development plan for a densifying project introducing a new typology, the triangle houses, has just been legally approved. A vision for how the many estate owners together with the municipality can develop Kopparlunden into a vivid city district has been formulated and visualized in a consultation document approved by the city of Västerås.
The local press about Ängsgärdet (in Swedish):
Read more about Ängsgärdet on the project page.
Welcome to our new website!
We are proud to present our updated website with more content and improved design. The project pages include a selection of our recent projects and you will find more information about the office and our aspirations under the practice section of our page. More projects will be added, both new and old. Enjoy!
The office is getting bigger
We welcome Anasatsiia Borodiienko and Victoria Theander to our office!
The office is in an expansive phase with many old and new challenging projects. We are now a larger team with additional knowledge and experience building a strong team around the existing core. The merging of the offices Modellera Arkitektur and Tovatt Architects & Planners shapes a solid base of a wide range of competences. During 2015 and early 2016 we have welcomed Alina Scheutzow, Maja Karlsson, Isak Bergwall, Calle Notman, Jonatan Andersen and Jenny Kvanta to our team. And soon there will be even more of us …
This weekend the future residents visited the building site of Vulkanen 8 located in central Eskilstuna. The 16 apartments slowly take shape and with helmets on the group explored the spaces and the views. Read more about the project on the project page.
The office went on a much awaited study trip to Hamburg.
A guided tour in Hafencity, Elbphilharmonie, electric bikes through Wilhelmsburg, innovative facades, interesting conversation on urban development with prof Ingrid Breckner at Hafencity Universität. Sustainability in both large and small. Can it get
Tovatt Architects & Planners merges with Modellera Arkitektur
Tovatt Architects & Planners strengthens its operations by merging with Modellera Arkitektur. Stella Lindstam becomes new partner alongside Johannes Tovatt and David Neuschütz. Modellera’s employees will join with the Tovatt office and all customers will follow into the new partnership.
– We are very pleased to have Stella Lindstam as partner. With Modellera we strengthen our business and can take on many exciting projects. The ambition is to grow further and we have great opportunities ahead of us with clients who appreciate what we stand for, says Johannes Tovatt, CEO of Tovatt Architects & Planners.
Modellera, with its roots in Mälardalen, is a creative architecture office with a long tradition of working in construction design stages. Tovatt are strong in urban planning and early stages and has many international assignments.
– By joining together with Tovatt, our customers will get even higher architectural quality and increased capacity. Also, we will be able to work more internationally, says Stella Lindstam, prospective partner at Tovatt.
Tovatt currently has 12 employees and assignments for Svenska Bostäder, HSB Mälardalen, Stockholm City and the City of Tampere in Finland as well as Seestadt Aspern in Austria.
Modellera has its focus on school and pre-school facilities and among its clients are Skolfastigheter in Stockholm and Kommunfastigheter in Knivsta. In addition, Modellera have projects in the segments of residential, retirement homes and commercial premises.
The headquarters will be in Stockholm and Modellera’s current office in Eskilstuna will operate as a branch office. The company will continue to work under the name Tovatt Architects & Planners.
Tovatt in Vienna
Tovatt Architects & Planners inspects the progress of the new neighborhood Seestadt Aspern. This summer the first 2 600 apartments will be ready for owners to move in. In total, the masterplan provides for more than 1 000 000 m2 housing excluding offices, retail and light industry. The two metro stations are already built, the three-hectare lake has been excavated and the central park is under construction. On top of the masterplan, we have also designed 330 rental apartments in the first phase of the development. Read more on the project pages Seestadt Aspern and D10.
First prize in Tampere
Tovatt Architects & Planners proposal Seelake 2.0 has been selected as the winning scheme in Tampere. Our proposal was first selected as a joint winner. During the summer and fall of 2014 the office developed the concept in dialogue with the city. Now seelake 2.0 is the final winner and we look forward to working with the city to develop the Eteläpuisto Park urban area and how it meets the lake. Read more on the project page.
- The Masterplan (Fördjupad Översiktsplan) for the new district Sätra in Västerås is now out on consultation!
- We are developing the meatpacking district in Gothenburg!
- Linköping's highest apartment building is now inaugurated!
- We are hiring!
- Share our office!
- A new Harvard!
- ARTICLE: Seestadt Aspern - long way from early critic to construction start
- Johannes Tovatt was a proud participant of the discussion at Woodland Sweden in Essen.
- Barkarbystaden grows
- Stella Lindstam lectured on the housing of the future for the elderly
- Johannes Tovatt handed out the Erskine Prize!
- Erskine Award Talks 2017