Scan Magazine | Special Theme | Nordic Architecture & Design – Sweden
The award-winning Källhall station.
Everyday heroes Award-winning architects, &Rundquist, create public spaces that increase the quality of everyday life, making the lives of thousands of people just that little bit better. By Liz Longden | Photos: Kasper Dudzik
Henrik Rundquist, founder of the architectural firm &Rundquist, does not mind too much if his company’s work is taken a little for granted. Their aim is not simply to create striking individual projects, but to contribute to society with architecture that improves public environments as a whole. &Rundquist are specialists in highquality design of infrastructure, public transport and city planning. Rundquist explains that they work with all aspects of the public space and recognise the 82 | Issue 117 | October 2018
interaction between infrastructure and city planning, combining interesting architecture with often complex technical requirements. Their work includes urban development projects, travel hubs such as stations and terminals, and they also have an extensive portfolio of bridges. It is no exaggeration to say that their work is seen and used by tens of thousands of people every day and forms a backdrop to everyday life. And its point, quite simply, is to make those people’s lives smoother, less stressful and more pleasant.
Organising space Public spaces constitute an area of architecture which brings with it very specific challenges, and which &Rundquist have 25 years of experience in tackling. In broad terms, Rundquist describes their work as balancing technological and functional requirements with striving towards a a harmonious aesthetic. More specifically, he explains, they are often called upon to create public spaces which can cater for an extremely high capacity of people, in constant flow, while also ensuring that the experience for those using that space is as stress-free as possible. “If we look at, for example, an underground train station from an architectural
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