Rimbo (SE) - Runner-up


Associate: Emma Nilsson (SE) – architect 
Contributors: Pontus Westermark (SE), Atrin Taghdisi (SE) – architects

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1. How do you define the main issue of your project in relation with the theme “Living Cities Imagining architecture taking care of the milieus”? And in which way do you think your project can contribute to an ecological and/or social evolution?
Re:connecting Rimbo embodies the essence of 'Living Cities' by showing strategies of reconnection: reconnecting fragmented natural land, social meeting points and Rimbo’s history. Our aim is to preserve and renew at the same time by assuring that new additions preserve and strengthen existing values. The Green Loop is the key framework, and also the link between Rimbo’s past, present and future.

2. How did the issues of your design and the questions raised by the site mutation meet?
Re:connecting Rimbo weaves urban renewal with ecological fixes, creating the Green Loop to convert fragmented green areas into a thriving network that underpins biodiversity and community connection. Our plan stimulates Rimbo's social and cultural scene, melding historical elements with new civic spaces. We preserve Rimbo's character while introducing sustainable infrastructure, fostering a harmonious urban evolution.


3. Have you treated these issues previously? What were the reference projects that inspired yours?
Yes, regardless of the scale of the project, we always start by identifying existing qualities, that through our additions can be developed and strengthened. We learn from previous projects such as: ”House on a hill” - Where a steep terrain challenge the material wood, ”Att återbruka det fula” - where office buildings threatened for demolition instead are transformed into housing.


4. How can your project be implemented together with the actors through a negotiated process and in time. How did you consider this issue in your project?
Re:connecting Rimbo is designed to be implemented in phases; a malleable plan, ready to be developed together with the community, municipality, local enterprises, investors, associations and specialists. Our approach prioritizes flexibility and open dialogue, ensuring that the project can evolve responsively with Rimbo's changing needs and collective aspirations.

5. How did you form the team for the competition and if so what are the skills you associated?
The team members were united by the desire to work on the same issues. How existing qualities of a place can be examined, added to and strengthened. We also all had the opportunity to physically visit the site, which we consider important in such work.

6. How could this prize help you in your professional career?
We assume that this will in some form lead to continued work with Norrtälje municipality. Being awarded "runner-up" also gives us the opportunity to work with similar issues in other projects.

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Average age of the associates: 34 years old

Has your team, together or separately, already conceived or implemented some projects and/or won any competition? if so, which ones?
Emma has with her office Blick Arkitektur implemented many projects, ranging in scale from smaller cabins, house-extensions, to larger urban projects. Regardless the scale; the common theme for the projects are to use the potential of the existing context and to explore the potential of a specific material to create a robust architecture. It’s It’s all about adding and transforming - not erasing. The office continually work with research projects as a complement to client based physical projects.