The new city hall for the Northern Swedish city of Kiruna has been designed with the utmost respect for local natural resources, culture and history. The civic headquarters seeks to provide a community center that gives back to the people of Kiruna.
Due to extensive mining, the Swedish city of Kiruna faced the challenge of moving its entire city center three kilometers east. Kiruna's relocation includes moving its historical city center, with homes, shops, offices, schools and hospitals. The rounded city hall marks the start of the new center and stands as a symbol of democracy and fellowship. "Krystallen," as it is called, houses public functions, as well as exhibition facilities, meeting rooms, workshops, the municipal council chamber, and offices. Krystallen is a town hall for the community as well as a landmark for Kiruna, visible from far distances.
The city hall consists of two building volumes. The inner building is shaped like a crystal, inspired by the great deposits of iron ore in the region. The outer building floats like a ring around the crystal, protecting it against the region's climate. The round shape of the new city hall also creates a better indoor and outdoor micro-climate. It allows 17% more daylight to penetrate the city hall.
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