4/20/2012

Sweet Victoria


The 55 million euro bejeweled Victoria Tower designed by Wingardh Arkitektkontor in Stockholm, Sweden stands like a lit mother of pearl jewel box along the road between downtown Stockholm and the city airport.  The 117.6-meter tower is a landmark for the Kista IT office park and for the conference center at the base of the tower and a manifestation of the area's high-tech profile.




At 24 stories, Victoria Tower is one of the tallest buildings in Stockholm.  Twenty-two floors are occupied by a 229-room hotel, the rest by offices, conference facilities and a sky bar.  At the base of the tower sits a broad podium that includes a restaurant, conference area and more.  The parallelepiped form of the tower is topped by a rectangular cuboid, so that the upper floors project out beyond the shaft below.  An irregular arrangement of metal-colored triangular panes of glass gives the facade its character.  It incorporates eight different types of glass distributed randomly over the surface so that no regular pattern can be detected.  Metal oxide has also been used to give the panes the insulating and solar shading attributes the project demands.