Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Octapharma Brewery in Stockholm, Sweden by Joliark
February 21st, 2015 by Sumit Singhal
The project is a result of Octapharmas rapid expansion and need for increased capacity, including office spaces, scientific laboratories as well as factory and production spaces within its premises in Western Kungsholmen. The former brewery, together with its surrounding facilities, was in 2009bought by up from Index Estate by Octapharma and the company has since strived to improve logistics on site.
The brewery, first built in the early 1890s, peaked during a 15 year period but soon faced economic difficulties and bankruptcy.The building has since been used in various ways, slowly falling into disrepair due to neglect. It has however, more recently been protected for its historic and cultural importance and is currently a listed building.
The original construction is mixed but consists largely of wood, something which makes it little suited for production of medicine and drugs. Instead, Octapharma made the decision to have the building transformed for administrative purposes, relocating its Nordic headquarters. In addition to offices, the transformed building now houses functions such as meeting spaces, conference rooms, changing rooms, storage as well as a large canteen.
Together with experts in the field and in cooperation with Stockholm’s planning authorities as well as the Stockholm City Museum, Joliark has carefully renovated/transformed the building for its new purposes. The façade has gone through a total renovation, assessing each brick, with a high level of precision. Throughout the process, the project has gradually been adapted and evolved as the understanding and knowledge of the buildings cultural importance has grown. With the former brewery now renovated and inhabited, the building has once again regained its original splendour.