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A future fourth tower (image: Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre)

Fourth tower for Nordic meetings giant

A competition has been opened for architects to create an extension to Gothenburg’s Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre.

A fourth tower at the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre is moving closer to reality. A conceptual design competition has been launched to find a company of architects that will help visualise Gothenburg’s new meetings hub.

The centre is already one of Scandinavia’s biggest meeting venues, attracting around 1.8 million visitors a year. It is also one of Europe’s largest fully integrated hotel and congress facilities, including the three-block Gothia Towers.

In June, the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre Group got the go-ahead for its expansion plans and is now taking the next step.

The project includes a new tower and an extension of the main entrance to the exhibition centre. The structure will also link directly to a new underground rail station at Korsvägen.

The project has been christened +One, in recognition that it will be an addition to the three existing towers. The aim is to “create a welcoming and inclusive meeting place that plays a natural part in the life of the city,” the group says.

“We want residents and visitors from around the world to be greeted by the dynamic and inviting atmosphere that makes our meeting facilities special,” maintains Carin Kindbom, president and chief executive of the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre Group.

“The building should feel like a gateway to a vibrant, global meeting place. We want it to be exciting, embracing and international.”

The final look of the new tower and entrance has not yet been decided, and a conceptual design competition is being launched through Architects Sweden that will welcome entries from Swedish and international architects.

Architectural firms have a few weeks to submit expressions of interest, with a deadline of December 3. Four or five firms will then be asked to compete for the final contract to assist in shaping the extension and the urban space around Korsvägen.

The assessment team includes representatives from the non-profit Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre Foundation, the City of Gothenburg and Architects Sweden, and the selected entries will be announced in early January 2019. The winning proposal will be announced in early June.

Even taller
The third of the existing towers, built in 2011-14, is already the tallest building in Gothenburg and the fourth tallest in Sweden, at 100 metres or 29 floors.

“We expect that +One will be taller than the existing three towers and will have a distinctive appearance. The aim is to come up with a design that enhances the appeal of the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre and adds new value to the city and Korsvägen,” says Kindbom.

The new tower will provide around 400 additional hotel rooms, restaurants, meeting spaces and offices, and in combination with the new entrance will allow more visitors to be welcomed in the future. On completion, the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre Group will then be able to offer around 1,600 hotel rooms.

Detail planning work for +One will start in 2020 and the new building and main entrance are expected to be finished in 2025.

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