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Glass Bubble

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Monika Gora
 
location Malmö
function art, garden, greenhouse, sculpture
contributed by gora

The Glass Bubble is architecture, sculpture and paradise compounded. It meets the challenges of an extreme site 'on reclaimed land, in an emerging urban environment, exposed to salty winds, cold winters and hot summers' by becoming a membrane of intersecting biotopes, simultaneously opening and closing the u-shaped court yard of an existing building. It introduces a rounded shape amongst a multitude of angular ones. It serves as an architectural vehicle for multiple experiences and uses at all times of the year. The Glass Bubble is constructed with flat crystal clear low-iron glass that lets a maximum of light into the climate controlled interior garden with its exotic plants. The floors inside and outside, and the low walls of the flower beds, are made with a Norwegian shale rich in iron, Otta Högseter, that changes in colour between blackish green and rust. On dark nights the Glass Bubble becomes a protruding volume of light on the edge of Malmö's Västra Hamnen.

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Glass Bubble
Address
Scaniaplatsen 2
Sweden
Project is public!
Opening hours Not open for public, but it's fully visible from outside.
How to get there? Bus no. 2 from Malmö Central Station, after approx. 6 minutes, go off at Turning Torso. Than 4 min walk along L. Varvsgatan, it's located just next to the sea, in the Western Harbour Area.
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Completion 2- 2007
Floor area/size 1040 m2
Artist, Landscape architectMonika Gora
building physics consultantJRB — Jörgen Rydbergs Byggnadsadministration
lighting designerLars Bylund
contractorN-E Perssons Bygg
project managerStadsfastigheter, Christer Lindblom
geometry consultantWSP Byggprojektering
roof & facade consultantOctatube Europe
Client Södertorpsgården non-profit association
 
Project ID 930
Latitude/Longitude 55°36'45N 12°58'23E
Contributed by gora
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