Register: 04/01/2017, Submit: 04/01/2017, Eligibility: Everyone; individually, teams, Fee: Free, Awards: 1st Place 30,000 SEK (Swedish krona) (about 3,180 EUR), 2nd Place 15,000 SEK (about 1,590 EUR), Runner-up 5,000 SEK (about 530 EUR)
This competition explores the potential of stories in architecture to open up unexpected paths and ideas in the design of public space. From linear narratives to multiple narratives that overlap, to the reinvention of our past, and new descriptions of the present, there is a great potential for storytelling in architecture. Stories are embedded in public space, from the history, to the day – and life cycle of a space, as they change throughout the day and are altered and perceived radically different in its lifetime.
A story also has the ability to create a collective framework for the public to agree and disagree in public discourse.
Submit an imaginary story that takes place on Kvarnbacken, the hill close to the Jakobsberg train station that has become the site for a two year process called Kalejdohill.
The stories could involve elements from the history of the site such as the ancient viking burial sites, or the mill that sat on the highest point and burned down several times over the last decades. They could involve the lives of future inhabitants, the reality of living in a suburb of Stockholm, or the fantasy of chasing that elusive Pokemon in the newly formed public space of Kalejdohill. The stories could be personal, walking your dog one morning and seeing the strangest bird, or they could be communal, a massive concert where you fell in love or a force of nature that lead you there.
Illustrate your story on one A2 page, describing where it takes place and and what went on. Show us how you imagine that place in the future, the buildings and the people that inhabit it.
Perhaps by collecting these stories we can begin to accumulate ideas for this space that soon will be public.
The site is Kvarnbacken, near Jakobsberg Station in a suburb of Stockholm.
Up until about 50 years ago it was agricultural land throughout the area. The land began to be developed from the mid 1950´s. In 1966 HSB, a cooperative housing association, bought the land from several landowners to build apartment blocks. Vibblaäng housing area was finished in 1966, around the time that the mill was still there. Then, there really was no center in Jakobsberg, just a few small shops and the railroad crossing.
Kvarnbacken has approximately 130 ancient sites of significance. It is a mixture of cairns, mounds and stone circles, most of which are in the southern part of the hill. The site is known for having been a place where milling happened. The first mention of a mill is in 1786, when a mill worker was reported to be among those who resided in Jakobsberg. The miller lived in a cottage in the immediate vicinity of the mill.
At several places on Kvarnbacken there are noticeable traces of settlement. The most obvious are the fruit trees, which are both up on Kvarnbacken, and on its eastern side, against Järfälla road.
The mill burned down one night in May of 1980 but it was reconstructed based on old photos, and consecrated in 1981.