World Architecture Festival 2012: in this movie we filmed, architect Josefin Larsson of Wingårdhs tells Dezeen editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs how the residents of Stockholm want it to be a "low city", but that her studio's controversial high-rise hotel there is a "real midget" compared to the skyscrapers of Singapore, where the World Architecture Festival took place.
The Victoria Tower, which won the award in the hotel and leisure category, stands at 117 metres in height. "It's a controversial subject in Sweden because there aren't that many high buildings," says Larsson, as she explains how it was a dream of both architect Gert Wingårdh and hotel-owner Arthur Buchardt to build a tower.
She explains how Europe tends to "stick to the scale of their historical buildings" but that this building was designed to be "a landmark" that can be seen from afar.
Behind the tessellated facade of coloured glass, the building contains 300 guest rooms and was designed for Scandinavian chain Scandic Hotels. Larsson describes the rooms as "not luxury, fairly small" but with "good food and good locations".
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