Award. E12. Runner-up. BOMBELEK.


competition: Europan 12

date: 2013

project: Bombelek

site: Kalmar (SE)


jury’s comments:

Bombelek proposal works with adaptability in two ways, the spatial one and the social. The project structures territory and communities with the help of geometrical pattern. This pattern, almost the same in very part becomes something unique, as the territory is diverse in every location. Inside the embraced areas valleys, floods, or slopes configure a specific demarcation in which to live. The eventual flooding of the area would work in favour of the housing type proposed. This demarcation localizes a point in the geography and produces a specific sense of place. The communities developed around these areas of landscape enjoy a part of vast land related to a human scale. So, the first point in social adaptability is that this geometric arena creates a first step of interaction inside every cell, but afterwards each cell is also interacting with the one beside, creating new relationships through time in different groups of connections. The rest of the wetlands and woodlands are given a soft structure producing a strong identity for the area. In general, what the project produces is an interesting imagination related to how to live in a natural area. First just marking pieces of landscape and progressively, through an appropriation process, making stronger connections between collectivity and nature. The depiction of the collection of communities reveals an attractive poetic of dwelling linked to the everyday life little events.



Martin Nordahl, Architect, Okidoki Arkitekter

Anders Svensson, Plan Architect at the city Gothenburg

Elin Olsson, Landscape Architect, C-O-M-B-I-N-E

Katarina Grundsell, Architect, Marge

Per Fredric Von Platen, City Palnning Director at the city of Landskrona

Martin Rein-Cano, Landscape Architect, Topotek

Maria Auxiliadora Galvez Perez, Architect, Galvez + Wieczorek Arquitectura


Europan 12 Competition:

Europan 12 is open to any team consisting of an architect in partnership or not with one or more professionals of the same or other disciplines of the urban-architectural field (architects, urban planners, landscapers, engineers, artists…)
Every team member, whatever his/her profession, must be under the age of 40 years old on the closing date for submission of entries.

 Europan has decided to make the concept of The Adaptable City the theme of the Europan 12 session.

 Europe’s cities are engaged in a radical transformation: they need urgently to reduce their ecological footprint to help resolve the energy crisis, combat the greenhouse effect and preserve nonrenewable resources. This transformation applies both to their morphology (form) and their metabolism (including all energy expenditure), and is highly dependent on the ways of living they provide. To achieve this, all these changes have to be thought out quickly, and that is why Europan 12 proposes to explore the question of time with a view to making the city more adaptable. 

 This entails, for example, providing new ways of sharing collective space and methods of governance. This requires a chronotypical approach, blending the spatial and temporal dimensions and, for example, establishing temporary projects for spaces. This also means developing a sensitive form of urban planning, where different places can be used at different times, and rethinking the quality of the spaces from that perspective. This raises the question of the “hospitality” of urban spaces and their transparency for users of the city. It is also important to think about intensive development projects, to connect them better with the realities of today’s city. It is also about considering the multiple uses the city, and in particular the question of the sharing and recycling of buildings, to avoid excessive consumption of space and thereby to promote a sustainable city by exploiting time in its full range.