Motivation of the jury:
The proposal “Two squares” handles connections to the city, entry situation, internal organization and room perception in a very convincing manner. The task of communicating an impression of welcoming inclusion is successfully solved, both externally and internally. The internal qualities of the building are highlighted and strengthened, as is the open accessible square in the southwestern corner of Mariatorget.
The proposal shows competence and responsiveness to the city and to the existing building.
From the architect:
With the motto “Two squares”, we want to highlight the two new open and flexible squares that we propose for the new organization of St Paul. The exterior entrance square becomes a meeting place where the vibrant diversity of the city meets the activities of Stockholms Stadsmission and the new intimate main entrance. The new interior square transforms the former church room into a collective hub around which new spaces and workplaces are grouped. The proposal is a response to the formulated vision of establishing “an internal and external meeting place that promotes social commitment, activism and spirituality”. With maximum utilization of existing physical conditions and small additions the scheme optimize the church to host the Stockholms Stadsmission’s many different activities.
Spridd is an architectural office based in Stockholm, since 2005. The office has established itself as one of Sweden's most innovative architectural offices in urban development and architectural design through competitions, research, debates and completed projects. The projects vary from interior design to overall urban development plans. The office works from early idea stages and process work up to and including construction documents. Spridd currently consists of 12 architects and works within a network of established partners.