Stockholm Waterfront Conference Centre, Sweden

White Architects
Date Built
2005 - 2010
As its name implies, The Stockholm Watefront Conference Centre occupies a prominent site close to the shores of Lake Mälaren, beside the Radisson Hotel and not far from the City Hall.  Its unusual facade has earned it the title of "The Crown of Lake Mälaren".  The effect is created by the use of 21 kilometers of stainless steel bars perched on top of the building.  It says of itself that it is, "... more than twice as energy efficient as the EU standard “Green Building”.  The glass façades are 1 040 m solar collectors that on average gather 1 MW of heat energy on a daily basis. This is equivalent to 90 000 normal low energy bulbs.  The building is cooled by water drawn from the lake, stored in 250 tonne of ice tanks in the basement.  About 20 000 m of material has been reused from the building previously occupying the site."

Inside you will find, "... 14 000 m of meeting and exhibition space with meetings facilities offering daylight and advanced supporting technology. ... moveable walls can be set up in any number of ways to create the perfect venue or combination of venues. You’ll find an auditorium for up to 3 000 people as well as a range of smaller conference rooms. The foyer area represents an additional 3 000 m of possibilities, whether you are hosting a select business meeting, an exhibition, a gala dinner, or even a sports event or concert."

The architects say that, "... With the Stockholm Waterfront, Stockholm is taking a huge step up in the international conference world. Because of the innovative solutions White has applied, the Congress facility provides Sweden with an arena that will be unique within Europe."

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