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Stockholm skyscraper could beat Turning Torso

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17:17 CEST+02:00
Move over Malmö ... Stockholm is setting its sights on a new apartment building that will once again put Sweden's capital on top.

Standing a whopping 200 metres tall and probably to be built near Telefonplan, along the E4 motorway on the southwestern edge of the city, the planned building will be the country's highest.

“Of course 10 metres higher than Turning Torso in Malmö,” said Gert Wingårdh, the building's architect, to Dagens Nyheter.

There is no building permit as yet, and no official plans for such a large project to take place near Telefonplan have been submitted, but developers are ready to move things forward.

“But we, of course, believe strongly in our building project,” said Ulf Morelius, spokesman for SSM Bygg & Fastighets AB, the building's contractor. “I don't think there will be any political problem in constructing the building, but we expect a lot of opinions around the project.”

Annika Billström, Stockholm's mayor, recently broke ground on 200 apartments near Telefonplan where there is a plan to build some 2,000 apartments in total.

Wingårdh said Stockholm is ready for his behemoth.

“The time is right for a really tall building in Stockholm,” he said to Dagens Nyheter.

The skyscraper is planned to have 350 apartments and no commercial space. Each floor will have five apartments of varying sizes and four of those will have a corner balcony.

Much about the building is still unknown. The building is still without name, but SSM Bygg & Fastighets AB is holding a contest and is taking suggestions.

The building could cost upwards of 700 to 800 million kronor and SSM could break ground within a few years and could be ready by 2010. It is unsure whether the apartments will be rental or owner-occupied. The cost for each apartment is also unknown, but they will be cheaper than the apartments in Turning Torso.

“Turning Torso is a sculpture and is expensive and exciting …” Wingårdh said. “We will build a sensible and simple building along Telefonplan.”

When asked which place in Stockholm he would most like to build at he said to Dagens Nyheter: “Sergels torg, of course. Sweden's absolute center.”

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