Värtan Bioenergy CHP-Plant

Category Winner Building outside the box

Vartan Bioenergy CHP Plant black and white with ceramic facade panels; Brick Award 2018 Category Winner "Building Outside the Box"; U.D. Urban Design AB/SE & Gottlieb Paludan; Photo: Robin Hayes
© Robin Hayes
Power plant "Värtan Bioenergy CHP-plant" in Stockholm/Sweden
© Robin Hayes

Key facts

Värtan Bioenergy CHP-Plant

Architects   Urban Design & Gottlieb Paludan, Sweden

Location   Stockholm, Sweden

Construction period   2013-2016

Nomination category   Building outside the box

Purpose   Infrastructure and energy

Brick type   Ceramic façade panels


About the project

Due to increasing urban expansion, sites for energy production and public in­frastructure have become part of our daily urban environment, surrounded by roads, housing estates and offices as well as recre­ational areas. Therefore, the transformation and extension of these important infrastructures have become an urbanistic and architectural question, the Värtan power plant being an example for an answer.

Located near the port of Stockholm, it is the world’s largest urban biofueled cogeneration plant. The over ground part of the plant has been clad in a curved façade of vertical ceramic elements. The curved shape of the façade unites the various installa­tions that make up the plant into a single gesture, while reducing its acoustic and visual impacts. Its dynamic form proudly expresses the building’s civic function. The façade elements are made from paired ceramic elements placed in a V-shape and on top of each oth­er. The resulting expression connects the new plant to the characteristic brick buildings within the ensemble.

"I hope this building will influence the way we build this type of infrastructure in very central urban locations." – Helena Glantz, Urban Design AB

Above all, the new façade positions this piece of in­frastructure as a contemporary building that fits with­in the tradition of the Northern European city.

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