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LEFT: Varg Arkitekter is a new architect firm with decades of experience, an eye for detail as well as the bigger picture – and lots of new energy. TOP MIDDLE: The Flat Iron Building in Stockholm won Inga Varg the prestigious Svensk Betong’s prize in 2010. Photo: Åke E:son Lindman. BOTTOM MIDDLE: Balkonghusen in Norra Djurgårdsstan will have a high environmental profile with large private outdoor zones for residence and common gardening on the rooftop. RIGHT: Inga Varg graduated from the School of Architecture at KTH in Stockholm and has been working on various complex projects since 1978. Photo: Knut Koivisto.
Inga Varg is shaping Stockholm Scan Magazine speaks to Inga Varg, an architect whose influence over Stockholm’s beauty compares to no other. By Bella Qvist | Photos: Varg Arkitekter
After twenty years of running leading Swedish architect firm Rosenbergs Arkitekter together, Inga Varg and her partner decided to go their separate ways. Over 59 years, Rosenbergs had grown to such success that the owners felt removed from their projects and instead of pursuing further growth they split the company in half in March 2014.
nection is very important. Our ambition is to always be part of our projects from the initial city development stage to the final window detail.”
Six months later, Varg, the only elected member of the Stockholm Beauty Council and a member of the Nobel jury deciding on the Nobel Center, is back to the drawing board. “I always wanted to be close to the client and so I felt it was the right move to make,” she says.
In 2010, Varg won Svensk Betong’s prize for the Flat Iron Building in Stockholm, and today her firm has projects spanning across the Swedish capital. From innovative student flats in Älvsjö to nature-encompassing projects in Norra Djurgårdsstaden, Varg’s presence in Stockholm is tangible. “It’s just as fun to work with the small projects as with the really big ones; they become like little pieces of jewellery,” she says, mentioning a tiny new-build in the inner city.
In many ways Varg Arkitekter’s work is a continuation of Rosenbergs, however Varg emphasises that there is sharpening of the personal touch. “The personal con-
On top of running her firm, Varg is the only elected member of the Stockholm Beauty Council, a position that gives her unique insight into, and influence over,
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the way that Stockholm is being shaped. Here, her knowledge of and focus on sustainability is highly valued. “A building needs to be sustainable because it needs to last for a long time, but you also need to like it for a long time. It should have some kind of timelessness.” Renewable energy, recycled materials and urban farming all play a part in her future vision and Varg often works with concrete and tiles, materials that she feels age with dignity. Much like these materials, Varg aims to grow her new business organically. “We continued many projects from Rosenbergs but we’ve also taken on many new, exciting developments. Today I am proud to say that I run a firm that has lots of new energy but that also carries plenty of experience. We truly are shaping the future of Stockholm,” says Varg, and we cannot but agree. For more information, please visit: www.vargarkitekter.se
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