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Stockholm University

Campus Albano

“In order for Sweden to become a leading research and knowledge nation, we need an attractive campus environment where people and ideas can meet. Albano will be an important meeting place for researchers and students from all over the country and will help to strengthen our international attractiveness.”

Says Helene Hellmark Knutsson, Minister of Higher Education and Research.

Campus Albano is part of a 150 000 m2 / 1614 586 ft2 university area located in the north of Stockholm. The project consists of two university buildings placed on the sloping terrain of Campus Albano between Albanovägen and Brunnsviken. The two central buildings move from five to two stories high and form terraces reminiscent of giant steps with vast views of the surrounding area and the archipelagos. The buildings house research facilities, lecture atriums, and offices for the faculties of business, statistics, and psychology. ‘Albanotrappan’, a large outdoor staircase between the buildings, is the unifying element and the primary access point to the area with direct entrances to meeting places and teaching facilities inside. Although Campus Albano is a university area it invites the local community in through public facilities and shops like kiosks and restaurants. This connects the large university area with the rest of Stockholm city.

A zone with an atrium and green courtyards in the middle of the buildings lets in daylight and creates a sense of proximity to the outdoors. The campus architecture has distinct volumes, with the scale being broken by the non-uniformity of the façades, adding rhythm and a sense of vibrancy to the area. The location of the building in the Royal National City Park, and its strong focus on sustainable initiatives and biodiversity, are integrated in the design.

Akademiska Hus
36 000 m2 / 387 500 ft2
Stockholm, Sweden
Cedervals / BSK / Nivå Landscape AF (installations) / COWI
Beauty and the Bit / Niels Nygaard / Robin Hayes
University of Stockholm