New department store in Vällingby City from Wingårdh Arkitektkontor AB
The Stockholm suburb of Vällingby is a canonical project in the history of urban planning. 50 years after its inauguration the centre is now being renovated and new buildings added in order to keep it commercially attractive. Wingårdh are responsible for the main new feature, a department store for fashion only.
A dramatic backlit ceiling with white logotypes on red will create an emblematic sign of the building.
The façades are similarly executed, with a printed glass shifting from transparent to white in front of a red backdrop. A large hole dominates the open interior, a reverence to the circular motif that became a Vällingby icon in 1954. A smaller triangular unit in black enamelled glass, dedicated to one single shop, completes the structure. A narrow lane with glazed bridges connects the two buildings with each other and with the existing grid, a project in progress.
K:fem was selected as best building for shopping at the World Architecture Festival in Barcelona 2008.